Pics from a Sunday walk.

13 Oct

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Another beautiful sunny day today. After picking Andy up from the airport after his weekend trip to Bristol I decided to head off to the shores of Lough Meelagh to join the Woodland Walks, Bards and Picnics outing.  Sadly it was just myself and John Willmott…that however did nothing to lessen the enjoyment.

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The pathway is all along the shore of the lake…it would once have been a pleasure walk for the inhabitants of nearby Kilronan Castle…the landed gentry. We ambled along companionably stopping to take photos or admire some wonder of Nature like this lovely Oak. It must have been coppiced years ago to have grown 4 strong stems.

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Further on this lovely Beech.

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Further still and we came to “The Big Tree.” John said last time he was here there was a sign here with The Big Tree written on it. It really is a very big tree…

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but somehow my photos don’t do it justice. It is a Californian Sequoia…pretty rare in this neck of the woods.

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Beautiful bark.

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We followed the signs to the place called The Edge of the World.

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Interesting stones here and the soothing sound of gently lapping water.

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We sat awhile enjoying the view out to Orchard Island.

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I love the smooth bark on this Beech tree.

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This one seems to be growing from rock.

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After our picnic we stopped at St. Lassiar’s Well where our eyes were drawn to how the setting Sun lit up part of the nearby graveyard.

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From the graveyard Lough Meelagh and the setting Sun in all their beautiful glory.

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13 Responses to “Pics from a Sunday walk.”

  1. liam scollan October 13, 2013 at 9:31 pm #

    Bridget Thanks for sharing, some lovely images and reflections.

    • bridget October 13, 2013 at 10:24 pm #

      Thanks Liam, it really was such a perfect Autumn day.

  2. cathsveggies1 October 13, 2013 at 10:30 pm #

    Absolutely a beautiful place 🙂

    • bridget October 13, 2013 at 10:39 pm #

      It is and we are so lucky to have it in lovely Roscommon.

  3. Anne Wilson October 14, 2013 at 12:09 am #

    I love old trees, the shapes that they take on is pure magic and there is never two the same. It looks like a beautiful walk, we must do it one day, I cant believe that we lived so close to it but never had the time to visit it.

  4. Jane October 14, 2013 at 1:55 am #

    “The Big Tree”…that’s given me an idea for another garden sign!
    Jane x

  5. Donna@Gardens Eye View October 14, 2013 at 2:17 am #

    Amazing images…love all the trees.

  6. Anny October 14, 2013 at 6:41 am #

    Enjoying your sunshine – here it has been a solid metal grey for forty eight hours. Just the ticket.

    • bridget October 14, 2013 at 5:20 pm #

      We will have the rain from Wednesday!

  7. June October 14, 2013 at 9:49 pm #

    I’ve been really missing being able to post any comments here for the past couple of weeks (my keyboard has been behaving badly, to the point where only just a few keys were still working, leaving me no option to but to just use the mouse to point and click – and today, finally, I got a new keyboard).

    These photos are beautiful, Bridget. As is Kilronan and Lough Meelagh – two places I’ve never been to, but definitely want to. I love those trees – I love trees, anyway 🙂 Especially the beech and the gi-normous sequoia. The Ents, and especially Treebeard himself, would be very pleased to greet these handsome fellows.

    Thanks for sharing such a beautiful place on such a beautiful day as it was, Bridget.

    • bridget October 15, 2013 at 1:56 pm #

      It really was a lovely day June. Even though I’d been there many times I did’nt know that lovely walk was there until last Sunday. So special to see that huge Sequoia.

  8. judithornot May 2, 2014 at 8:34 pm #

    Love your photos of the trees. I grew up in Southern California, where the native trees were generally scrub oak. I envy the big, beautiful oaks and beeches you have there. Where we live now, on the Northern California coast, we have Coastal Redwoods; related to the Sequoia, but with a much different bark. The Redwoods are taller, but not quite as big around, and the red bark is thick and ropey. The indigenous people here call them the Grandfathers and Grandmothers.

    • bridget May 3, 2014 at 9:18 am #

      There’s one of those big Sequoias in a forest near us. So majestic!

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