River Suir

White Christmas

Waterford got plenty of snow last winter. Everything looked so neat.

In the beginning, the falling snow melted after touching the ground. After a month, it started to stay longer and longer.

I am pretty sure that this House of Waterford Crystal employee didn’t have ‘shoveling snow’ in his job description.

After a couple of days like that, people started storing bread and milk.

Then the storm came.

The following morning Waterford was all white and desolate.

I walked right in the middle of the former streets.

South Kilkenny on the other side of River Suir also looked quiet.

I walked past the Rice bridge with my bag of bird seed and apples, cleared the snow from the places with the bird tracks, and tossed a good few handfuls on the ground. Two bridges were barely visible through the falling snow.

Back in town, I learned that Centra across the bus station was the only shop that was open. By the size of the queue outside the shop I could tell that people ran out of bread already.

Reginald Tower has seen snow before. At least in 1987.

When I tried to walk through the smaller streets, sometimes I had to turn back – the drifts were higher than my knees. I know it sounds pathetic to the readers from Canada or Norway.

The other half of my apples went to the flock of cute visitors from Iceland – Redwings.

The storm doesn’t calm down, and I am sorry for the little Redwings. On a day like this, it is nice to be inside, cuddled up with an old friend ūüėČ

I didn’t have enough confidence to build a snowman in the street, but after returning home I could not resist anymore and built a tiny snowman on my windowsill. Snow in Ireland is a rare occurrence. You never know if you live to see another snowfall.

My baby cacti plants are obviously excited about the snow and both sprout flowers.

Unfortunately, these are events of the past. White Christmas is still a dream this December.

Today the streets look as normal – no snow, no excitement.

Of course we have decorations, pony rides, carousels and Ferris wheels, like we always have had at this time of the year, but we are so missing those crystals of frozen water!

I guess we have to be happy with what we have.

Merry Christmas, Friends!

Hope you always find peace, and give your heart to everything you do.

 

PS: More music on Thom’s blog¬†The Immortal Jukebox – C-H-R-I-S-T-M-A-S Alphabet throughout December.

SPRAOI – Source to Sea

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As always, the three-days long festival culminates in a spectacular creative parade Sunday night. Every parade has a theme. Source To Sea¬†is the theme for this year’s 25th anniversary Parade. It is all about River Suir.

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I have written about River Suir on many occasions, and I know I will write again :).

River Suir is 185 km ( 115 mi) long with the average flow rate of 76.9 cubic metres per second – ¬†and we love every drop of it! River Suir begins on the slopes of Devil’s Bit Mountain in County Tipperary and flows south to Waterford Harbour where she enters the Atlantic Ocean.

River Suir flows past many castles, and she has witnessed many bloody battles.

Snaking through the countryside, River Suir grows in size and beauty. She is a home to many creatures, real and mystical, and her secrets are well kept, some of them hidden in the thick of her islands.

Here is everything you need to know about River Suir – animals, fowl, fairies and humans living here since the world began.

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It is literally raining on our parade, but the rain is not going to bring our spirit down.

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Heron is one of my Suir favorites. These birds are perfect for slow shutter speed shots since they can stay motionless for hours. This one has caught a rainbow trout and now is trying to swallow it whole.

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Some walking exercises after a great lunch.

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They have a heron here too. No fish eating demonstrations though.

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They even have an otter! I don’t have any picture of a live otter…

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Many floats represent fishing.

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And of course there is a fish. A gigantic Rainbow trout.

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This mechanical swan looks very real.

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An army of dragonflies and their Queen.

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And of course nothing of this would have happened without 200 artists and volunteers.

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The Parade ended at a quarter to 11 pm concluded with firework finale which I never take pictures of. Fireworks are for watching.

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Thank you for visiting SPRAOI and River Suir!

www.inesemjphotography.comHave a wonderful weekend!

Take it seriously

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I walked through¬†the Viking Triangle in Waterford City on the New Year’s morning ¬†and came across a Christmas Tree graveyard where I took this photograph. Some thirty decorated Christmas trees were dumped there like¬†no longer worshiped idols. The Holidays are over.

Holiday season in Ireland was darkened  by severe and extensive floods that hit the country in the end of December- beginning of January. Property and farmlands are damaged, people are devastated after losing their possessions and security of their homes.

I haven’t¬†been to the flooded areas this year,¬†but I have some pictures taken during the flood in 2009 and 2013.

At this stage, River Suir looks fierce and beautiful РClonmel 2013.

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Carrick on Suir in February, at high tide the same year.

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This flood is already getting out of hand…

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In summertime, ¬†River Suir can be so shallow that in some places a heron can cross it without getting his bottom wet. ¬†Now the river looks like a lake – you can watch ¬†Cyril Helnwein‘s video and¬†take¬†a 6 km kayaking trip from Clonmel to Kilsheelan – not¬†only down the river…

Unfortunately, there is no fun at all in getting flooded.

For many flood victims, this is not the first time they have been flooded in recent years and they face the current crisis without insurance coverage. Murky brown floodwater, sometimes more than a meter deep, causes permanent damage to almost everything.

Some  farmers have to evacuate their cattle to the neighboring farms. Feed and pastures are destroyed, and it will take months the land to drain and recover its capacity to grow crops. People blame the EU Conservation Program.

Floods have always been around, they are natural. Much of the flooding is  caused by bad planning, allowing  roads and houses to be built on natural flood plains. It seems that unpopular decisions are required, like relocation of  businesses  and people.

Now that the worst seems to be over, it is time to start thinking about the next flood, and take it seriously.

On a lighter note¬†–¬†we can also dream ūüôā This ¬†sweet girl lives in the place where it is snowing in winter. What is she dreaming of?

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This lovely girl lives in Ireland. May be she is dreaming of a dry, white winter?

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Have a wonderful weekend!

Mountain Grove

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One of my first WordPress posts was the one about Jenkinstown Woods. Now, after a year, I am visiting another bluebell forest, Mountain Grove Рa loop trail just outside Piltown, Co Kilkenny.

Mountain Grove is an old woodland part of Piltown forest that is located in South West Kilkenny, covering an area of 1,823 hectares. The forest stretches to the Tipperary border on the west and to the Waterford border on the south, along  the river Suir. The main tree species growing in the forest include Sitka spruce, larch, Douglas fir, beech, ash and oak, with the broadleaves dominating in Mountain Grove Рas you can see in the images.

Starting off from the tiny parking spot, I meet two dog walkers and from this moment I am there alone for a whole two hours.

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The quietness is almost surreal. The¬†birds are nesting and prefer not to expose themselves, and I don’t see any presence of the mammals either – dogs have scared them away from the grove.

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The bluebells are scarce but nevertheless their fragrance is intense, sweet and alluring. I walk off the trail and feel like I disappear from the world and become a part of the wild woodland.

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The early purple orchid was once a common plant, but now it is a rare guest in the woodlands. Many wild orchids are legally protected, but this fact does not stop people picking them… A friend went to the Mountain Grove just three days¬†later¬†and didn’t find a single flower¬†– all gone. People don’t realize that it takes years for the orchids to germinate.

The early purple orchid is the “long purple” of Ophelia’s garland, as referred to by Gertrude in Shakespeare’s Hamlet:

“Of crow-flowers, nettles, daisies, and long purples, that liberal shepherds give a grosser name”

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Different species of Ferns started unrolling their young fronds. In the image¬†below –¬†Hart’s tongue fern (Asplenium scolopendrium).

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And of course there is a beautiful yet nameless stream.

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I will be back!

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Hope you enjoyed the woodlands.

inesemjphotographyHave a happy week!

River Suir, Ireland

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I have moved. I still live near river Suir, but there are no herons, no meadows and no wildflowers here. City life…

Right before I left the town our Camera Club had an exciting outing: a boat trip from Carrick on Suir marina to Mooncoin and back, courtesy of Carrick on Suir River Rescue.  

This noble organization has never received any funds from the Government and has been assisting in rescue and search operations all over Ireland since 1960s. At the moment they have sixteen volunteers who are on 24/7 call. If someone can make a donation, please read this page. They also have a charity shop in Carrick on Suir where you can donate unwanted goods.

Here are a few images from that boat trip.

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On the way back it is getting darker.

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Good bye Carrick!

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When you work some people are¬†happy with what you are doing…

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…and some not really…

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…and it is OK ūüôā

Last week I was nominated for two rewards. Wow.  Many thanks go to the inspiring bloggers who are just too kind and supportive.

First one was a One Lovely blog nomination. I was nominated by a wonderful lady who inspires her readers to change their life.

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The rules for winning this award are simple. Here they are:

1. Thank the person who has nominated you. Provide a link to his/her blog.

2. List the rules and display the award image.

3. Include 7 facts about yourself.

4. Nominate 15 other bloggers and let them know that they have been nominated. This is a way to introduce others to bloggers that you love.

5. Display the award logo and follow the blogger who nominated you.

So here are 7 facts about myself; they are pretty informative:

1. I have sense of humor.

2. I am a lousy swimmer.

3. I adore cats.

4. I have lived in Moscow 5 years and never visited Lenin Mausoleum.

5. I feel sorry for the elderly. I always did.

6. I love mathematical puzzles.

7. I feel perfectly comfortable going to the movies or theatre by myself if no one is available.

It was hard…

My favorite part. I nominate these 15 amazing bloggers.

http://nananoyz5forme.com/

http://abitofwiggleroom.wordpress.com/

http://aquileana.wordpress.com/

http://ronyaroshauthor.com/

http://therepublicofann.wordpress.com/

http://beefandsweettea.com/

http://sydspix.wordpress.com/

http://sweetafternoons.wordpress.com/

http://believeinadream.com/

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http://harvestinghecate.wordpress.com/

http://yadadarcyyada.com/

http://keeppicturing.wordpress.com/

http://teagansbooks.wordpress.com/

http://thetropicalfloweringzone.com/

Thank you again for the nomination!

Please check out these  blogs!

And here is the other nomination, A Very Inspiring blogger award. Thank you Nana Noyz! You are too kind! I always feel humbled because I know how many really inspiring blogs are around. Please check out this wonderful blog! 

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Here are the rules:

Thank and link the amazing person who nominated you.
List the rules and display the award.
Share seven facts about yourself.
Nominate 15 other amazing blogs and comment on their posts to let them know they’ve been nominated.
Proudly display the award logo on your blog and follow the blogger who nominated you.

I already shared seven facts about myself… ¬† There are the¬†bloggers I nominate:

http://nonsmokingladybug.wordpress.com/

http://olganm.wordpress.com/

http://indahs.com/

http://getoffmylawnplease.com/

http://bookofbokeh.wordpress.com/

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http://montserratsobral.wordpress.com/

http://justmobilephotos.com/photos/

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http://pacificparatrooper.wordpress.com/

http://charlypriest.wordpress.com/

http://beingbettr.wordpress.com/

http://russelrayphotos2.com/

http://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/

Please click the links. You might find a new blogger friend.

Photography tip of the day: Look in your viewfinder and make a composition before you press the shutter button.  I know that it is a digital camera, but still you will spend less time deleting bad quality images.

www.inesemjphotography.comHave a great week!