The information accompanying this photo tells me that I took it on 17 December 2013 (one of my 5 my beautiful sisters’, Carole’s, birthday) at 8:42:39. Sunrise at that hour I can handle. 2 months later, today, sunrise was at 7:37. And it will just keep coming earlier and earlier until June 22, the Summer Solstice. Because Ireland is so far north, the summer nights are very short and the days quite long. In the summer, the “lighting up time” (when you need to turn your driving headlights on) can be 11 p.m. or later! And, the sky starts lightening again by 4 a.m. I wear a sleep mask!
Copyright 2014 Mary Jane E Clark
Ah, soon…………..this was the first cut of hay last year in Moynalty, County Meath. Soon, soon…………… In the meantime, I’m guiding a small group of tourists through the west and north of Ireland, which are very much overlooked regions of this magical country. I’m in Lisdoonvarna tonight (County Clare) , Kilronan on the Aran Island of Inis Mor_(County Galway) tomorrow then on to Connemara……………….
Copyright 2013 Mary Jane E Clark
When you think of autumn, you may think of flaming orange and crimson trees. And when you think of Ireland, you may think of endless fields of green. Both are beautiful sights. As is this view from my kitchen window near Moynalty, County Meath, Ireland. Even with the slight mist and glowering grey sky, the vibrancy of the redthorn bush, the golden yellow of the remaining birch leaves, the sparkling white of the berries and, of course, the legendary emerald fields offers a most pleasing vista.
I have no idea what kind of birds those are but they arrive in flocks and now, 2 days later, the bush is decimated of its berries!
Copyright 2012 Mary Jane E Clark