THE NATURAL WORLD OF IRELAND

Hello everybody, seeing as my last post was all about fun resources to check out while we’re staying indoors, I wanted to bring you back ‘outside’ for a bit. I have a huge photo album of around 1,500 photos I took with my phone and a lot of them are of Irish landscapes. I hope your week has been productive and as stress free as possible…so, get ready to explore more of Ireland!

Last time I wrote about Ireland, I included photos of Newgrange and Knowth…this time around I will include photos from the Cliffs of Moher, The Burren, and just other landscapes that left me in awe.

The Cliffs were as grand as expected and seemed to taper off into the Atlantic Ocean. Walking up to the Cliffs was in itself a huge task…it was incredibly windy and you had to walk up a bit of a steep hill where it branched off to the right and the left (one side being a bit more dangerous than the other). I, of course, had to choose the more dangerous side which meant walking through narrow, muddy, walkways in order to reach spots with no barriers….you could easily fall off and the wind reminded us of that. Our travel writing class was able to spend about two hours here, which might seem like a lengthy amount, but wasn’t nearly enough. That’s how our whole trip went, not enough time spent at each place but we were lucky to be able to see as much as we did and our itinerary, although packed to the brim, introduced us to a lot more of Ireland than I could’ve hoped for.

The Burren is, foremost, a wide open field of rocks. Another seemingly endless landscape except this time, I was able to get more up close and personal with the Atlantic Ocean (shown below). The geography of the Burren is compromised of clints (slabs), grykes (cracks), and erratics (boulders). It’s also teeming with plant life between the cracks…small mosses and such. We had a little bit of time here to wonder around, I was craving alone time so I got as close to the water as I could. I’ve always felt drawn to water, I loved being on a swim team when I was little and going over friends’ houses to play in their swimming pool was awesome…but, to me, there is nothing like the Ocean. I can’t begin to describe the comfort I get from listening to waves crash against each other or what it was like to be so close to the water that you could almost fall into it. I would go back there in a heartbeat.

Another cool place we went to was the Killary Sheep Farm in County Galway. We watched a sheep-herding demonstration and then went inside a small building to feed the lambs. The lambs were cute, yes, but I was a lot more drawn to the surrounding landscape. It RAINED like nothing I’ve ever seen before while watching the demonstration. The rain stung our faces and just wouldn’t STOP. The wind joined in and we all felt as if we would blow over the protective barrier and tumble down the huge hill into the Atlantic. It was one of the best experiences of my life.

I don’t want to make this article too long, and I will include my photo album of everything I shot with my Google Pixel 4XL, but I wanted to share a few more pictures below from our hike around the Ring of Kerry. Our tour guide, Mr. John Vincent, took us on a roughly 2.5 hour hike, and surprise, it rained on the hike as well. We still had a really fun time and the hike made for some really great pictures and time well spent with my class. We all bonded almost instantly and I really miss everybody, but it’s so very important that we stay inside and listen to health officials so we can combat COVID-19.

I hope y’all are able to take care of yourselves and if you have any questions about Ireland, please feel free to leave a comment below and I’ll get back to you asap. Here’s my photo album and if you wish to use my photos for any reason, all you have to do is ask…have a great week everyone!

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