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Thursday, December 30, 2010
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Dawn at the Square on the shortest day of the year; traces of snow and ice still around, and no water in the fountain pool, as the fountain itself is still awaiting the restoration of it's long-missing lamp on top! The meterological people had forecast a 'blood-red' sky all over the country on this unique morning when a total eclipse of the moon would co-incide with the dawn of this day for the first time in hundreds of years, but it did not materialise
December the 6th was an excellent day for photographers who braved the elements. This picturesque ash tree, a short few yards inside Curraghmore main entrance gate, looked spectacular in the freezing fog, and is the best 'tree picture' I have ever taken. A monopod was used to steady my freezing glove-less hands.
(Best viewed at A3 size 300dpi).
I think that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree.
A tree whose hungry mouth is prest
Against the earth's sweet flowing breast;
A tree that looks at God all day,
And lifts her leafy arms to pray;
A tree that may in Summer wear
A nest of robins in her hair;
Upon whose bosom snow has lain;
Who intimately lives with rain.
Poems are made by fools like me,
But only God can make a tree.
The above by Joyce Kilmer (1886-1918) noted American Poet and Journalist, killed during the 2nd Battle of the Marne in World War I, while serving as a sergeant in the 165th U.S. Infantry Division.
With the 6th of December came the most severe freezing fog and ice-covered roads and footpaths. The countryside became a winter wonderland, for those hardy enough to venture out, like Patricia Rockett here . . . just inside the main entrance to Curraghmore estate.
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This attractive wild shrub, occasionally found in people's gardens, seems to be surviving the severe cold very well. I have seen this in various parts of the country, and it looks as if it was another alien species. I do not have it's name just now. Must consult one of my wild-flower books. In the meantime, if you know the name, do let me know. This specimen grows adjacent to the Japanese Knotweed at Coolroe shown in the previous photograph. The may have well come from the nearby now-overgrown gardens of the former Milfort House, a Malcomson/Morley residence from the 1800s, which has 'disappeared' in recent years, leaving only it's fine Triumphal Arch, which is sadly deteriorating due to young trees growing on it!
Frozen Knotweed branch at Coolroe, Portlaw, where there is a considerable amount of the plant growing by the roadside immediately apast Springfield House and a short distance before main entrance to Curraghmore. The plant - Fallopia Japonica - occasionally to be seen by the roadsides, is one of the most invasive alien plants in the country. Bearing attractive white flowers in summer and beautiful leaves turning yellow in autumn, it can grow up to 3 metres tall. Cutting it down can cause it to spread, as happened in this case when it was bulldozed about two years ago. There is a further roadside area containing this plant before you come to the last house on the hill to Clonagam. Check out GOOGLE for further information.
Monday, December 27, 2010
Skating with a discarded fish-box.
The best things in life are free!
Accidents will happen, but it didn't worry these boys!