Saturday, September 16, 2017

Killarney National Park

By the Lake

Driving in Ireland, the countryside is quite lovely, but usually very orderly with fields delineated by stone walls or thick hedgerows. It was delightful to spend some time in Killarney National Park, hiking through woods near a lake. The day was overcast and mist hung on the mountains.

Trees

There was a freshness to the air.

Walking in the Mist

And a wonderful sense of peace. Although we only hiked for part of an afternoon, the path led through changing scenery.

Growing in the Rock

In this area, trees seems to grow out of rock; there didn't seem to be soil to hold them, yet the trees thrived.

As We Walked

I enjoyed the wild flowers.

Heather

We passed swaths of heather.

Thick Moss

And areas with a thick coat of moss over everything

Hiding

A little animal (vole? mouse?) scattered across our path and stopped under some leaves. There is felt protected and nibbled away at something it had found to eat, unperturbed that we were so near.

Muckross House

The hike was near Muckross House, an imposed building. We did not go in, but it served as quite a contrast to the natural woods nearby.

1 comment:

  1. I like seeing the old trees and that rocky ground. Green everywhere!

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