Saturday, 28 April 2018

April Scavenger Hunt Photos

I'm taking a few of this month's photos from a walk at Easter along the Mall in Ballyshannon in Co. Donegal, where the River Erne runs down into the Atlantic.
And joining in with Kate for the monthly round up of photos to match words.  

Swirl

The water had just been released from the dam at Kathleen's Falls about 1/2 mile back, causing the swirling foam.   The island is called Inis Saimer (Saimer Island).  The story goes that when the Vikings invaded the chief (or perhaps it was his lady) had a beautiful dog that died and was bored on this little island.   The dog's name was Saimer.


Rock

Low tide at Bundoran.   I love the shape and patterns of rocks at low tide - this part of the shore is quite long and flat.

Wood

Back at the Mall in Ballyshannon- there's a little walk way.  These trees are part of a Fairy wood, which must have been decorated by children.   I'm going to go back in a while when the trees are in leaf to see what it's like.  
Ballyshannon is the birthplace of the 19th century poet William Allingham who wrote "The Fairies" - a poem that was used to get us to bed at night.  "Up the fairy mountain, down the fairy glen, You daren't go a walking For fear of fairy men.."  There's something in it about the fairies stealing little Brigid and that was the part that kept us indoors at night.



Letter

Just at the end of the fairy trees there's this Little Free Library - you can barely read the letters on it - but I thought, what a charming idea.  

Balance

Along the Fairy Glen (sorry, more fairies), back at home,  we walked right past this boy.   I think the picture is a bit overexposed, but he was balancing on a stone watching out for his supper.   Usually you can't get this close to these birds - they look prehistoric, don't they?

My own choice

Finally Spring is starting to show.   In the distance these new leaves looked like flowers.  I just love that zingy colour of new life.  


Thank you Kate for doing this love scavenger hunt each month - I'm off now to check out everyone else's photos over the next few days.  

26 comments:

  1. Hi Fil - love the shots you've taken and their brief descriptions ... the leaf at the moment is always so gorgeous ... stunning greens - cheers Hilary

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    1. I love that shade of green Hilary and only lasts for a short while

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  2. Interesting pics of the fairy wood. I love spring greens too, a colour you only see at that time, so very pretty.

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    1. That's true Jo - I keep meaning to do a piece about that poem and about William Allingham

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  3. You can never have too many fairy related posts....always love it!
    Arilx

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    1. Definitely - the fairies are all around here Aril :)

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  4. Wonderful photos, you live in such a beautiful place. Swirl and rock are stunnings and I love the little free library and the balancing heron. It is good to Spring finally here:)

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    1. I'm so happy to see Spring at last .. I'm glad you like the photos Rosie

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  5. Lovely stories. Rock and balance were my favourites. Yes, spring is here too; pity one can't stop the clock at this time of year.

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  6. I love the library in the little cabinet, I think we should have one in our village too, wonder if I can set one up! Lovely photos and stories thank you for joining in x

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    1. It's a charming idea isn't it?

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  7. I love the swirl photo, it's very atmospheric but my favourite is the balancing heron :)

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  8. What a lovely walk although it still looks quite wintry there at Easter. And then the Fairy Wood, I like that.
    But finally those beautiful greens and the promise of spring. Let it Roll On.

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    1. It was absolutely freezing that day John - gradually improving though.

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  9. Love your fairy themed pictures especially the little exchange library

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    1. Thanks Jak, I thought it was really cute

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  10. Hi Fil,
    Your scavenger hunt posts are always so interesting. The fairy trees are darling and the little library is a so charming... ti makes me think of days gone by. Have a wonderful rest of your week.

    Tamara

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  11. Beautiful Swirl pic Fil and the fairy wood is delightful.

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  12. The fairy wood & the balance are my favourites Fil & yes I'm late in catching up, but I can't forget all my wonderful fellow hunters. Take care.

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    1. I'm late catching up this month too Susan - still only a third of the way through.

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  13. Ooh, I love these! SUCH a selection!!! The heron is brilliant and I love the rocky one! The little library is RIGHT up my street!x

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    1. Wouldn't it be great to see little libraries like that in every town.

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