Midspring

At the spring equinox this year the sky was adorned by the full Moon – the Super Worm Moon. It was so bright that I wondered if the earth worms could actually see the light and wriggle to the surface to gaze up into the sky. This little Wren would love it ๐Ÿ˜‰

If a wren is building a nest it means that the spring is in a full swing. Indeed, according to the ancient Celtic tradition, spring starts at the beginning of February, and by now, spring is half over. Here I share some pictures of what I have been up to for the first weeks of spring.

I went to the Mount Congreve Gardens to take part in the Walk For Life event hosted by Waterford Sports Partnership. The walk was well organized, and we also had a cup of tea afterwards. I joined at the table a small group of quiet ladies. There were many young and old people with disabilities, so I immediately realized what that quietness was about. I sat down and kept smiling. There was little I could do.ย  All of a sudden one of the ladies reached for jam and butter, passed them to me without making any eye contact, and sat still again. My eyes brimmed with tears and my heart flooded with compassion. A skill to serve others lingers on even when many other skills have faded.

The walk was very exciting. The first thing we saw was a red squirrel. Walnut trees in the garden attract squirrels, and this one probably had a stash made last autumn.

The squirrel climbed magnolia tree, and jumped when I pressed the shutter.

Hundreds of magnolia trees were in bloom with gorgeous flowers of different colors, sizes and shapes.

This ‘rope’ is wisteria.

Many other trees began to flower, including rhododendrons.

Hundreds, or may be thousands of different camellias with their evergreen dark and glossy leaves were abundantly covered with the most exquisite flowers.

I went to the gardens once more, and walked there alone for five hours taking pictures of birds and flowers. Storm Gareth that came through a week later must have ruined all the beauty.

Another event I went to was the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. There was no Patrick though, which was confusing and somewhat disappointing.

The parade was led by Grand Marshalls Des and Mona Manahan riding in the back of a vintage car.

A few brass and pipe bands marched, and they did a great job as always.

Our Marines, as well as River Rescue volunteers and firefighters are the most loved and respected heroes.

I also looked forward to seeing the bikers roll through town again. That young girl riding the bike with her father every year is so grown up and beautiful. Time flies, yet the ginger beard and the hat have never changed ๐Ÿ™‚

They said that this particular parade would celebrate ‘color, culture and community’. Well, I didn’t notice any difference from the previous parades, except for the absence of St. Patrick, and presence of some characters that hardly belonged to this day at all ๐Ÿ™‚

As always, there were different schools, clubs, societies, commercial and community groups presented, and it was great to see familiar faces.

Ukrainian community is one of my favorites. I love the colors of their flag. There were many flags in the parade, including an Anarchist black&red…

Spraoi band didn’t come alone. They brought a bug with them ๐Ÿ™‚

John Hayes, the artist who has carved the Dragon Slayer sword, brought a beautiful carved dragon.

There are always vintage cars driving in the parade.

Now, things are getting a little tricky. There were several zombies in the parade, some very cute, but I had my doubts about posting their pictures, so I went through the pictures posted by the official photographer and found out that he also had his doubts ๐Ÿ˜‰ So, this is the only zombie I dare to expose ๐Ÿ™‚

Disney characters and Mary Poppins closed the parade. They are all charming, but I would rather prefer a Leprechaun…

Thank you for visiting Waterford with me!

www.inesemjphotography Have a beautiful spring!

122 comments

  1. Fabulous images. Many of the parades here have changed a lot and there are many groups from Central and South America taking place, and they wear very colourful clothing, for sure. Thanks for sharing, Irene. I loved the visit. โ™ฅ

  2. Dear Inese. I do hope you are well. You certainly put together another wonderful post. I have to agree about the odd choices of characters for the parade… but it was still fun to visit it with you through your camera.
    Such glorious flowers. Spring truly is sprung! I was so preoccupied with my relocation that I barely noticed its arrival, or St Patrick’s Day. Be well, be happy. Hugs on the wing!

    1. Thank you! Yes it is ๐Ÿ™‚ I didn’t worry until the end as he sometimes closes the parade. I was still standing and waiting when the cars began to fill the street ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. So many beautiful photos and comments, it’s says so much about what you bring to all of us Inese, thank you. Mount Congreve is the jewel in the Waterford crown and Ambrose was an amazing visionary for what he achieved there.
    I play with the Barrack Street Concert Band and we led the parade this year and last. Sadly, my knees were not up for marching this year but I’ll be back. I have over 50 of them under my belt so far!! Bet you have a few photos of us somewhere!

    1. Thank you so much for your comment, Thomas! I have added a photograph of your band mates ๐Ÿ™‚ I do hope to see you next March leading the Parade. I might see you before that at SPRAOI. Wishing you all the best!
      Inese

  4. Last year, my St. Patrick’s Day Message Board Post was “This St. Patrick’s Day, the snakes and I are going to share a Guinness and plot their return to Ireland.” I agree that something distinctly Irish would be appropriate to end a St. Patrick’s Day Parade and a leprechaun with a bowl of gold candies would be excellent.

  5. Wonderful memories as always Inese. Your flower photos are awesome and the one of the squirrel jumping – well what a shot! Just brilliant! Love your posts so much.. I hope you are well and I hope you have a wonderful weekend xxxx

  6. Dear Inese, what a wonderful vibrant post that made me smile from beginning to end. I love wrens, although don’t see one in my garden that often except when the hypericum is seeding. They are such shy, sweet birds. Those dear, quiet ladies — I think my eyes would fill with tears at such a simple act of kindness. Such moments don’t happen often enough in life, but they’re magical and moving when they do. I’m sorry to hear that St Patrick was in hiding during this year’s celebrations. Perhaps he was on a spiritual retreat ๐Ÿ˜‰

    1. Thank you so much for marching in our parade, Sarah. I love your idea about St Patrick’s whereabouts ๐Ÿ˜‰ Hope he returns next year enlightened and empowered, and claims his rightful place.
      Yes, it was some experience in that cafeteria. I wanted to hug them all and cry. What a sad and cruel disease, and so unfair.
      I love the little wrens. They have beautiful song, and yes, they are shy and it is difficult to get a close picture in the wild.
      Thank you again for your visit, Sarah. Have a happy Spring! ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. I love magnolia trees and you captured so well their beauty in your photos. I can feel the mid-spring just by looking at your wonderful photos of magnolias and camellias. Thank you, dear Inese, for sharing such beautiful images with us!

    1. Thank you so much Mihaela! They have so many kinds of magnolias and camellias in the garden that I would have to make a photo album to show them all. Glad you enjoyed our excursion ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Ah, a fun St. Patrick’s, indeed! ๐Ÿ˜€ Inese, the pics of the flowers are breathtaking. Nothing near to that here, yet! We are colder than average this spring. Right now the temp is 0C. I’ve not even seen 1 tulip poking its way up through the earth.
    Well, I’d rather this than the unbearable heat we get in the summer, now, with climate change!
    Lovely post! Be well!

    1. Thank you Resa! I don’t feel that we are getting any change here. This is an ordinary spring. Last March was cold like hell, but now it is back to normal again. Perks of living in Ireland ๐Ÿ™‚
      Hope all is well xxxxxx

  9. What a lovely spring you have in Ireland! And so early too! ๐Ÿ˜„ We’re still waiting but a few flowers are sticking their heads out of the earth so it can’t be long now – even if it’s still cold.
    Just love both your squirrel shots, Inese! And the parade seems a lot of fun although I’d also miss the Irish elements like leprechauns. And the zombies are bizarre!! Who’d have thought they celebrate St Patrick’s? Or spring for that matter! ๐Ÿ˜xxxxxxxxx

  10. Hello Inese โค
    Such beautiful views of Spring – the little wren preparing for nest-building made me smile.
    And the photos of the parade are wonderful too!

    1. Thank you Takami! โค The spring is a busy time for the birds ๐Ÿ™‚ I went for a walk yesterday, and saw a kingfisher fly across the river. Remembered the place to come back there again.

  11. Loved the flower images. I have a Magnolia Tree in my yard but it has just white blooms. I have never seen one with pink blossoms – beautiful! Looks like it was a fun day!

    1. They had so many different colors. I liked one that was dark pink outside,, and white inside. I forgot to post the picture. Will add it now ๐Ÿ™‚

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