I would like to share some scenes of Connemara, I hope that it captures for you the rugged beauty that Connemara is. Situated in the West of Ireland it is a most fascinating place for lovers of archaeology or geology, or just for lovers of peace, quiet, and a special type of beauty. This view is of a stone beach near Galway city, it was a paradise for me.
Inland the landscape is quite barren with bogland, rushes, and low growing gorse which gave a yellow hue to the most fantastic shades of brown and ochre all around.
In all its barren land, there is lushness to be found too, the tender young green here of rhododendrons.
Dull days, showers of rain, mist. And as a little diversion some cattle being moved to another field. I love cows in a landscape, in paintings of pastoral life they often make the painting work I think.
On the road again, I was driving very slowly indeed so I could watch the scenery, as long as there was no traffic behind, and I was lucky that the roads were relatively quiet. I am used to driving along country roads and I usually take in plants and other interesting things that I pass.
The last day we just chilled out in the hotel, I read, drank cups of tea with Ian, and I also visited the rocky beach across from the hotel where I had a very interesting time looking at and for rocks. It was a very windy day indeed, with rain thrown in as well.
Walls of rock, so many, and brilliantly made so many decades ago. A figwort plant still flowering, and a piece of Galway granite.
The variety and beauty of the rocks at this beach was amazing.
Peaceful lake, lovely scent of autumn, and the air as fresh as is possible to imagine, you could taste it on the tip of your tongue, delicious!
Here is one of the authentic longish cottages in the vernacular style. A little gem. And another mysterious scene from the mountainous regions where the clouds hung low.
These are lovely memories of our time spent in Connemara. I hope you enjoyed a bit of our journey too.
We took this journey during early autumn 2019 to celebrate our marriage a few days earlier, it was a fantastic journey and I am thinking back to it during this time of lockdowns, no doubt we will be travelling in Ireland and no further afield this coming summer, we hope so anyway – a staycation they have called it – well we cannot complain, we are not short of interest or beauty in this island.