A view over the icy bogs on Djouce Mountain, with the Sugarloaf peeking out in the distance, and a close up view of the remains of an ice cap over bog.
Most of the trail up Djouce is constructed of rail road sleepers, to protect the natural bog on the mountain side from being trampled, as well as prevent the bog water from draining away down well worn trails. It could also just be to prevent people getting wet boots. Who knows? It is a narrow trail though, so if you’re not watching your step, or you get hit by a strong cross-wind (or a boisterous wolfhound), you’re going to get wet boots anyway! At the end of the trail in this image, you can get a great view over Lough Tay down to the front right. I have a panorama of Lough Tay, which you can view here in a previous post.
We had a nice stretch of summer over the past three weeks here in Ireland, but the last two days have turned into proper Autumn weather with cold wind and showers. There is rain beating at the window as I type this… It makes me wonder, what sort of Winter we are headed for: a cold and relatively uneventful one like 2011/2012 or a snowy one like 2010/2011.
The thought got me digging into my archives for this memory from the abnormal snowfalls in Dublin, December 2010.
Taken in 2009. I was taking a few test shots of the post-sunset sky at Lahinch, and was so pre-occupied with getting the camera settings right that I never noticed the surfer exiting up the slip-way. I quickly fired off this shot to capture the blurring motion of him walking in the low light, creating a slightly eerie atmosphere to the scene.
The beautiful and scenic Wicklow county! This is the Sugar Loaf, a great climb and obviously a great photographic subject. It’s appearance changes constantly as the weather or time of day change. I have not as yet made it out here with my camera to make some proper landscape images, but it is on my ‘to do’ list for the near future. In the mean time I will have to be satisfied with this image form my phone…
This is Lough Tay, commonly referred to as the Guinness Lake due to it’s dark water and white ‘beach’. Nestled up in the Wicklow Mountains, battered by persistent wind and rain, makes for a stunning setting.