This is my last post from abroad 🙂 I am going back home soon, so I am spending every minute with my family and apologize for delayed replies to your wonderful comments. Thank you so much for bearing with me.
Fenor bog lays right behind the church in Fenor village, Co Waterford, overlooked by Ballyscanlon Hill. They say that 225 species of plants, birds, insects and animals have been recorded there. 500m long boardwalk allows visitors to enjoy serenity and beauty of this unique piece of natural heritage.
When I go to Fenor, I circle the bog at least five times, full of expectations for some unusual bird or reptile seeings, but nothing ever happens. I guess the best time is a very late afternoon, just before the sunset. Last time I saw a lizard who showed itself for a split second and then disappeared under the boardwalk. Still, something to remember.
What does this sign mean, I don’t know. I have been looking up Druid signs, but couldn’t find anything similar. Looks like an eye to me, which makes sense: enter the site, look around, don’t miss the marvels and secrets of Nature.
Little Robin is looking for something to eat. These birds don’t mind being photographed. In the bog, I have also seen wrens, blackbirds, field sparrows, chaffinches, starlings, and some birds I couldn’t identify.
A pink touch of Ragged Robin.
Red Campion, a close relative of Ragged Robin.
Cuckooflower is sacred to the Fairies.
Menyanthes, or Bogbean, is one of the prettiest wildflowers.
Marsh Cinquefoil’s red petals are not petals at all. They are sepals. The petals are dark and tiny. A cloud of tiny bumblebees are working the flowers. I change my settings to manual and patiently wait for the opportunities.
Sorry for posting three similar pictures – I like them all, and cannot decide which one I should post :). Bumblebees look so cute with the pollen baskets on their knees.
I make a full circle and start walking the bog again.
This time I am lucky with Damselflies. I don’t recall ever seeing this one, with a red belly. It is a Large Red Damselfly.
Banded Demoiselle, male. Males and females differ in color and look like different species to those who don’t know.
Speckled Wood butterfly. Their caterpillars are bright green.
This flower confused me. It is some kind of Blackberry, and it is supposed to have five petals. How is it that it has eight?
At noon, the church bells start ringing. It seems that the bells are recorded and played over loudspeakers. After I finish my walk, I go to visit the former Sacred tree which is now transformed into The Angel of Fenor by a local artist John Hayes. The monument is towering in the church graveyard, attracting tourists.
I like this detail of the monument – the hands and the bird.
You can look up a controversial priest Fr. Michael Kennedy who used to minister in the Dunhill/Fenor parish, and had taken an administrative leave from his post in 2006 after the allegations of misconduct ( I don’t know where he is now, but they say he was a well-liked man). He is a third cousin of JFK, and retains close connections with the Kennedy clan. So, my next post is about JFK.
Thank you for visiting Fenor with me.
Have a wonderful weekend!