Sunday, April 26, 2015

Not Brecknock

... Apart from the view from the A40 on the way to Fishguard and then Ireland.

Noticeable all the way was the abundance of flowering that has been unleashed in the dry and warm spell over the last two weeks. Primroses forming bright domes of yellow with the plant quite hidden along the roadsides were one of the highlights particularly in Pembrokeshire and then in Ireland we were stunned by the displays of Common Gorse. The latter I did manage to photograph:

Gorse, Eithinen Ffrengig or Ulex europaeus near Bantry, West Cork

And then after climbing Knockboy - the highest mountain in County Cork (no great boast really) I was delighted to see a large patch of Crowfoot on the way down:

Round-leaved Crowfoot, Crafanc-y-frân y rhostir or Ranunculus omiophyllus
(I've no idea what the Irish for this is)

Some views from Knockboy:
The mountains of Kerry in the distance

You can still just see where these Kerry fields once went right to the top - when Ireland had the highest population density in Europe
Lough Boy - below Knockboy

Now today in a short excursion into Herefordshire (walking from home in Hay) I was met by hedgerow displays of Greater Stitchwort and Yellow Archangel - so spring has sprung and Brecknock is waiting to be explored...

And finally some more of that Gorse:

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