Till we meet again

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It is my last post of the series, but I will return to the mountains as I always do, and share more pictures in the future.

I will probably visit the mountains in May to walk through the Rhododendron Fairy Tunnel…

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…and revisit Glenary village.

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I am also curious if the tiny spruces and larches that are hidden in the tall grass haven’t grown up already since the picture was taken in 2013.

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To add the last touches to my photo story about Comeragh Mountains I drive along the Eastern ridge which I hope to revisit when the weather gets more summery. Late afternoon sun paints the mountains in rich, warm colors.

I park at the side of the road and enjoy the beauty of Stookangarriff Ridge and Coumshingaun. At the bottom of the almost vertical cliff there hides Ireland’s most beautiful lake.

I continue driving along the mountain road, and it feels like flying a small airplane.

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More coums, big and small …

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… and sheep, always sheep, with red, blue or yellow painted bottoms.

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The mountains are their life. Rough life.

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To complete a full circle around the Comeraghs, I drive along the Southern part of the mountains.

Once I stuck in this place for a couple of hours, because my car refused to start. It did, eventually, and I still have no idea what happened. Must be fairies. Anyway, as I managed to start the car and hurried home, I looked in the rear view mirror and noticed something unusual in the sky. I got out of the car and could not believe my eyes: a perfect heart-shaped cloud was hanging at the edge of the hill, and another cloud that looked like a pair of angel wings, was hovering over the heart. I had already packed my camera, but managed to take it out quickly and get a couple of shots before the clouds disappeared.

This Cloud Heart is here for all of you who took your time to read about my favorite mountains, and to be an active participant of our grand hike 🙂 Thank you so much for all your wonderful comments and friendship! When I take more photographs to put up another Comeragh mountain blog, we will meet again. Stay fit 😉

My next blog is about creatures 🙂

inesemjphotography  Have a wonderful weekend!

 

154 comments

    1. Oh I am glad to hear this. Hope they have a better weather up North. Belfast is a beautiful city with exquisite architecture. Armagh is beautiful too, they have two magnificent cathedrals. You should advise them to visit Dark Hedges which is nearby. Another couple of years and the place will disappear.

  1. My, what wonder and a hearty walk, indeed! I’m very glad to have eaten before I read your post, Inese. Your love of nature certainly shows in each beguiling photo. The heart cloud is a present to you, I’m sure. for you capture hearts quite easily. Have a lovely Sunday!! xoxo

  2. I bet the Rhododendron Fairy Tunnel is amazing! I love rhododendrons! I have to say, it looks pretty awesome in the winter too, and I love the black and white photo. Also, a heart shaped cloud…probably the coolest cloud I’ve ever seen. I guess it made your wait worth it 😀

    1. Thank you so much! The tunnel is quite long – there is a break somewhere in the middle, and then the tunnel continues. It is how you get to the Cross monument I wrote about. The cloud was very unusual indeed – the sky was clear with very little feather-like white clouds. This one was thick and grey 🙂

  3. I can well understand your need to keep returning to these beautiful mountains, Inese. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed taking the tour with you over the past few weeks, and have been very impressed by your stunning photos and the variety of images you’ve shown us. The heart-shaped cloud was definitely a rare treat…so unusual. I’d also love to see the rhododendron tunnel in flower and walk through it imagining the fairies watching, out of sight. I always enjoy seeing your b/w photos and how they can create a completely different mood. A lovely series of posts altogether! 🙂

  4. These were beautiful photographs, Inese. I’m glad you managed to get a picture of the heart-shaped cloud before it disappeared. It really does look like a heart! I also enjoyed the picture of the sheep pretending to be blue-bottomed flies.

  5. Inese, yet another immersive photo series! I especially loved the Rhododendron tunnel as it reminded me so vividly of similar stretches in North Carolina and Virginia along the Appalachian Trail. We called it the green tunnel, and some of these darkened paths extended for hundreds of meters. Beautiful, cooling, and magical.

    1. I would be afraid to walk in a hundred meter long tunnel 🙂 Ours is some 20-30 meter long, and I still feel very uncomfortable there, thinking of fairies all the way 😉
      Thank you for stopping by!

  6. I just love the Rhododendron Fairy Tunnel!!! I´m sure the fairies turned up everytime you had your back to them 😉 And the cloud is such a beautiful surprise! Thank you so much for letting us share your awesome hike! Can´t wait for the next one 😀
    Have a very lovely Sunday evening and a stunning week ahead! xxxxxx ❤

  7. I was looking at some monochrome photographs – classic old ones – just the other day, but have forgotten the name of the photographer for the moment. I hadn’t heard of him before. The thing is your tunnel and the sheep are in the same timeless, raw style. The sheep at the roadside shot is already a favourite.

    1. Thank you so much for taking a hike around the mountains. I love b&w photography, there is no distractions in it, and the message connects straight to the viewer’s senses.

      1. I am almost 100% colour blind, so b&w is more or less how I see the world. I had no idea I was seeing differently until they told me, so it doesn’t really matter to me.

          1. I had no idea I was different until the art teacher asked me why my sky’s were orange (or something). Then when they tested me, apologized and then said things like I could never be a front line soldier, an airline pilot, a policeman, a doctor etc. and all I could think of in reply was “And?”

  8. No wonder Ireland is the world of fairies and leprechauns. How could they live anywhere else but such a magically beautiful place. Thank you for exposing me to it. Sending the ♥️ right back to you Inese.

  9. Those are heartwarming windows into the soul of the mountains, no wonder your car wouldn’t want to leave. I suspect, it was your car’s heart that soared into the sky to caress the verdant hills, or was that yours? While the overall mood of is Wordsworthian, the Rhododendron Fairy Tunnel reminds me of The Enchanted Wood (Enid Blyton). I can hardly wait for your return to those charmed corners.

    1. Thank you! I had to stop many times on that road to take pictures, because the scenery was changing with every turn of the road, but the sun rays were still there all the way. I was lucky .

  10. These photographs are so wonderful. I especially enjoyed the ones that show the viewpoint of the sheep world in black and white. I look forward to seeing more pictures of the Rhododendron Fairy Tunnel. I particularly love the moss covered stone buildings. Thank you.
    Ginene

    1. Thank you Ginene! These old buildings were abandoned 50 years ago, or may be even less. The tunnel looks pretty much the same from inside – it is always dark there, but I want to take a picture of the lovely pink blooms.

  11. The tunnel may be spooky, but I like it. It reminds me of one I found in Costa Rica a few years ago (see my Mother Earths Indigestion post.) And when you return to that area, get a picture of that beautiful lake you teased us with…

    1. Dave, every weekend I hope to go to the lake, but it is raining during the week, and the slopes are very steep, and there is a stream to cross too. You can google Coumshingaun lake 🙂 It is a beauty, but I want my trail dry, because it is too high and slippy 🙂

        1. Yes, and you can google the lake and see how high and dangerous is the crest. The lake is about a mile long they say, I don’t really believe, but I can see that the cliff is really high indeed.

  12. Such a beautiful trip once again. That Faerie tunnel I would love to see in bloom. That must be something else to behold and leave it to Faeries to get you stranded for a period of time to make you observe the scenery even more. Love the photograph of the black and white sheep. There was something mysterious about that photo. Hope you are having a great day. Be well.

    1. Thank you so much! About that tunnel – it is always dark inside, and the old gnarled branches have no leaves on them. Imagine a sunny day, and the rhododendrons in full blossom, birds singing, insects humming, but when you step inside the tunnel it is dark and silent. I don’t feel comfortable being there 🙂
      The lonely sheep do look mysterious 🙂
      Have a lovely day, be well.

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  13. The special post you presented to us is such a beautiful one!
    I think the heart cloud was a sign and blessing upon you, the viewer. ❤
    Thank you sincerely for sharing these natural elements, Inese. I liked knowing about the blue spots on the sheep, seeing pretty flowers and the black and white countryside photos were stunning. Hugs xo ❤

  14. Come back soon please!!! I love your posts, and specially this one… those pictures are breath taking, and the last one is simply incredible!!
    Thanks for sharing 🙂

  15. Do they paint the sheep’s bottoms instead of branding them? Such a lovely trip. I’m glad the fairies helped get your car started.

  16. What a marvelous finale to this series, Inese! The heart-shaped cloud is purely magical. ❤
    I'm very taken with the idea of the Rhododendron Fairy Tunnel. The description of the rhododendrons in "Rebecca" inspired me to use them in the first Atonement story, though mine had run wild. I'm a little sad to see this lovely series end, but with the promise of "critters" in the future I'm smiling. Mega hugs

    1. I wish I were more fit! That tunnel is long and magical. I hope to go there some day in May when the Rhododendrons are in bloom. The hill is very steep and my poor little car barely makes it, and there is no way to stop and turn around halfway as the road is too narrow.

    1. Coum means a hollow. Comeragh means ‘full of hollows’. Some hollows are deep and host a lake, like the Coumshingaun lake I want to visit for a future blog, but the weather doesn’t permit climbing these days.
      Thank you for stopping by!

  17. I so enjoyed today’s adventure in the Comeraghs, Inese. Your photos express well the grandeur of this region. I love the heart cloud. The tunnel is beautiful, and the blooming rhododendron flower is magical.

  18. Such a beautiful journey, Inese. I always wonder about the colors on the ubiquitous sheep. I’m sure you explained this in a previous post, but I don’t remember which one. 🙂

    I love the story and photo of heart-shaped cloud and angel wings that the fairies arranged for you to see. 🙂

    1. To put it nicely, the different colours on the sheep’s bottoms indicate which ram was kept very busy at some stage as each ram has a colour distributer strapped to their chest!

        1. I think he is, Inese – I’ve heard that before. Makes the mind boggle at the expression ‘like a bue-arsed fly’ doesn’t it? Love your photos, I must take that hike up the mountains soon.

    2. Thank you Carol! The cloud and the wings were more distinct when I noticed them in the mirror. It took me some time to stop and to pull out my camera, so the cloud almost went behind the hill. I was in awe, especially after all these hours of grief, alone in the mountains, with my car dead 🙂

    1. If you are driving from Dublin, then no, there won’t be any mountains. Look up Ennis, and from Ennis there is a scenic road around The Burren. Places to see – Poulnabrone Dolmen, The Ailwee Caves, Doolan (pub, food), Cliffs of Moher, Lahinch beach. It is a day trip, fantastic, but it is the best when the weather is dry. All these places are on google maps. Also you can look up the Burren itself. The area looks unearthly when the weather is dry. You just drive around the Burren and stop where you wish. Also Bunratty Castle near Limerick is a great place to visit. If you can travel further from Limerick, let me know I will think about something else as cool.

  19. Those sheep are so funny with their little blue bottoms. They have lovely shaggy coats to keep them warm. Those mountains have interesting shaped peaks. On of them looks as if giant troll has come along and bitten a chunk out of it!

    1. Thank you Sarah! Some peaks have cairns – piles of rocks – on the top. We have three mountain ranges very close to each other – Galtees, Cnockmealdowns and Comeraghs, and they are completely different.

  20. A beautiful opening picture with light rays shone through cloud is awesome. I love to see such scene. To me it is rare to encounter. The sight of long road and the light is spectacular.

    I am wondering whether there is any significant of blue or other color painted on the sheep? Why do they do that?

    Hmm, I am glad your car started eventually. That could be a bad if it was at night. I hope you get the car to a mechanic to check it out to make sure it does not happen again.

    How lovely to see of the heart shape cloud and angel wings over the heart. You must feel hart warming 🙂

    1. Thank you so much! They paint the sheep to know whom they belong. The sheep can roam miles around the mountain.
      Mechanic had no idea what happened, but just in case he replaced a part in my starter 🙂
      I have never seen a cloud so different. It floated a little bit when I was trying to take my camera out, but still you can see the shape.
      Thank you again for stopping by! 🙂

  21. The concept of fairies tinkering with the workings of the internal combustion engine made me chuckle. To end a tale, one needs completeness. Your words are thus complete. Super write. By the way, Lord Zoolon is taking his first break since I don’t know when in London. I’m guessing he will visit your blog upon his return.

    1. Thank you so much! Yes, that was a crazy day, I was afraid I got stuck in the mountains forever with no help. Ate my cookies, drank my water and prepared to die :). When the car finally started I was so happy to get away from there as fast as possible, and then that cloud, a perfect heart shape. It was higher in the sky when I saw it first. It was a ‘sorry’ from the mischievous Comeragh fairies 🙂

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