Anne River meets the Ocean

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This is my last blog post about Anne river. Here she is, on her final run to the Ocean. All the way from Dunhill, through the yellow Iris and Buttercup fields.

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Her waters are so clear that I spotted a school of young fish feeding on something invisible.

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Final destination – Annestown beach. It is where Anne River meets the Ocean.

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First I climb the eastern edge of the cliff, but I don’t walk any further – I think this part is quite dangerous to walk.

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I sit down in the soft grass and enjoy what I see. Thrift (Armeria maritima) is blooming in early June, and it is the most beautiful part of the scenery.

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I cross the beach and walk to the western edge, where cliff walking is safer. I have taken many photographs but it is impossible to share everything in this blog. One of the little pleasures was taking photographs of many flowers I came across.

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I found some big, sturdy daisies that looked a bit like the Seaside daisy but not exactly.

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I also found a single flower of Gladiolus.

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This is the view from the western edge. If you click on the photograph to enlarge it, you will see a stony structure in the end of the beach. It is the remains of a lime kiln. Limestone was heated there until it crumbled, and was then used for fertilising the land.

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There are many magnificent rocks and cliffs and welcoming coves down there.

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It is where I turned back: I didn’t like that crumbling sandy slope. It is the Ballydowane cove.

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Back in Annestown, there are two donkeys – the most photographed donkeys in the area. I am not sure if they are the same donkeys I see every year – they must be not. Life of a donkey is harsh and unpredictable.

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As I was talking to them and rubbing their ears and heads, I though about the generations of donkeys that have lived in this old paddock over the years, or may be, centuries. They have never seen beautiful Anne River valley that lies just a quarter of mile down the hill from them, with its lush grasses and clean, transparent waters.

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Thank you for walking with me through these three blog posts along the Anne River!

inese_mj_photographyHave a wonderful weekend!

 

113 comments

  1. What a beautiful place. You’ve reminded me of my visit to Ireland with my parents. We met very friendly donkeys too 🙂

  2. The Western Edge was a gorgeous photograph, Inese. I enjoyed this entire post with flowers clinging on cliffs and adorable big eyes with lovely lashes on donkeys. Hugs, Robin xo

    1. Thank you so much, Robin! I wouldn’t walk there in the bad weather though 🙂 Sometimes the path comes too close to the cliff edge, and your feet sink in the cushion of soft grass. xx

      1. No, don’t risk a fall to capture a photograph! 🙂 Your safety is very much on my mind when I see decaying castles and flowers on edges of cliffs! Blessings sent your way, friend!

  3. The beauty that you captured with your camera has taken me to visit a place that I will probably never see in person. Thanks for sharing your luscious photos.

  4. How I did sigh at the beauty of this walk I took with you. Once again you have taken my breath away. So stunning, I swear I heard the waves and even the insects buzz. Now I want to come and see all this for myself. xxxxxxxxx

  5. What a beautiful grand finale of a wonderful blog-series, Inese!!! 🙂 You´re pictures are simply magnificent! Love the flowers, love the donkeys (always felt a special relationship with those animals;) ) and the land-/seascapes are just amazing – those coves simply need to get explored 😉 What a wonderful walk you must had! Wish I could have come with you 🙂 Have a lovely sunday! xxxxxxx ❤

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