This post was written in May 2015, but something new came up, and the post was left in draft until I found it this week, and rewrote it, and added some new pictures to fit the season. The opening photograph was taken in Kilmokea Country Manor House, the best place for event photography around here.
The real horses belong to Kildalton Agricultural college. The college offers 18 courses, including Farm Management, Horsemanship, and my favorite Plant Identification & Use. I took the pictures in spring – the time of rejuvenation of life.
This Wisteria grows in beautiful College park.
I am not sure if the rapeseed field is a college property, but it lays right across the road.
Short Irish summer is not worth to mention 🙂
You wouldn’t notice a difference between July and October anyway 🙂
This horse is posing in front of a cottage in Connemara in the end of October.
These two snack on hay in the paddock at the foot of Slievenamon mountain in December.
The last leaves are still hanging on.
Sometimes an occasional sun beam breaks through the fog…
… but ‘Winter turns all the Summer’s love to grey… Winter takes what the Summer had to say’…
Seasons come and go.
I took pictures of a semi-wild horse in winter. These are less fortunate – hairy horses with narrow eyes live outdoors most of the year.
This post is supposed to be about horses, as the title says, but you know how it is with the internet – many titles are misleading, and many contents cannot be trusted.
The truth is that there are other farm animals grazing on the mountain slopes. Like cows. Some of them spend nights under the roof in a warm shed, but some stay outdoors for almost a year. The ‘wild’ cows grow a coat to stay warm.
These cows live at the foot of the Comeragh mountains in Clonmel, and walk up and down the steep slope every day.
There are also sheep in the mountains, white dots. They look so very lonely in this picture, taken in the middle of February.
I used to hike for hours, but I have never seen different kinds of animals fight with each other. I mean, I have never seen a horse kick a sheep, or a cow attack a deer, or a sheep give chase to a rabbit. If it is not food, they let it be.
I wish all of us were wise enough to control our tendencies towards hate and aggression; towards being irritable, demanding and petulant. I wish we didn’t waste our time on being a smaller individual than we have the potential to be.
I also wish that all political leaders demonstrate the best in judgment as they govern their countries, and never encourage their people to raise a hand against another human being, regardless of their race, political views, or anything else.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend! xx