Trees | Dark Hedges

For the ‘Trees’ GuruShots Speed Challenge, I uploaded a photo I took over Easter 2018 of the Dark Hedges. With 801, this photograph has achieved the most votes for a single challenge to date so I’m delighted with the result. I ended up in the Elite category – ranked # 99 – which is fab because I “only” need another 6 elite finished to move into the achieve Veteran status. Hilarious but also cool – here’s the image.

Dark Hedges

The Dark Hedges, Ballymoney, Co Antrim

#GuruShots #SpeedChallenge #DarkHedges #GameOfThrones

Update: Elite ranking :-)

[May 2018]

 

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Easter Ireland

This Easter, the weather was terrible but we still managed a number of road trips including a morning spent in the local Emergency Dept (but the less said about that the better).

On Good Friday, we took a road trip to Northern Ireland and finally got to see the Dark Hedges. I’m not much of a Game of Thrones fan – in fact, I’ve only seen one episode – but the I know that they’ve filmed in some of the most dramatic locations in the North. The Dark Hedges didn’t disappoint – despite it being a very cold and dull day, they were impressive. Originally, 150 beech trees were planted to make up the avenue and at the current time, around 90 or so are still standing. I suspect the better view is from the other end of the avenue looking down towards Gracehill House and had it been milder, I might have taken a better photograph but a warm car was calling. I’d imagine the place is swarming with tourists in the summer but the #DarkHedges are well worth a visit anytime.

CT Dark Hedges

On Easter Sunday, we drove to Glendalough, Co Wicklow. It’s a real tourist trap – the place was fairly busy even in the rain and sleet. It’s a beautiful location and even though we didn’t see it at its best, we had some wonderful company – at least four deer. #UnderABrokenTree #WildDeer

CT Deer in Wicklow

For further information about wild deer and other wildlife in Ireland, please visit Ireland’s Wildlife.

After a drive through the snowy, desolate but beautiful Sally Gap, a warm lunch at the slightly corny but fun Johnny Fox’s pub was welcome.

#EasterIreland

[April 2018]