Visits For June, 2004

Sunday, 6th June 2004

A Wander Through Nature\'s Best - Day 1

The first day of two wandering across the Burren, stopping evey few minutes to marvel at some small part of nature that goes to make up its incredible whole.

Walking here is very tiring. You have to pay attention to every step you make. Looking down at your feet so much not only makes you see all the amazing flora here, but makes it so much more exhilerating when you pause, look up and see a view across limestone pavements and huge craggy mountains looming up in front of you.

Today was a day of revisits as well as getting to some new sites. My wife, Uta, joined me for this trip. She's never been to the Burren until now: needless to say she was thrilled by its eco-diversity-in-adversity. Everytime I walk 10m across a piece of the Burren I am amazed at how much life there is crammed into the eroded gulleys - I'm stretching way back to my school days here and seem to remember that this kind of pavement is actually called 'Clint & Gryke'. Presumably the grykes are the gulleys.

As well as the flowers that form crazy patterns in the grykes like 1970's carpet or wallpaper, the fauna here is amazing too. All day we were tormented by cuckoos - we even saw one. A pigmy shrew, a hare and so many different species of birds also payed a role in our travels - special thanks go to the hare (always a star player) and the skylarks: They really are doing so well in Ireland this year.

The vast variety of creepy crawly things and things with wings deserve a special mention too - you guys were great!

Shandangan (Co. Clare)Dubious Site4 New Images
Killinaboy (Co. Clare)Sheela-na-GigAwaiting New Images
Parknabinnia (Co. Clare)Wedge Tomb7 New Images
Parknabinnia (Co. Clare)Wedge Tomb6 New Images
Commons North (Co. Clare)Wedge Tomb2 New Images
Leana (Co. Clare)Dubious Site2 New Images
Leana (Co. Clare)Wedge Tomb8 New Images
Leana (Co. Clare)Cairn4 New Images
Leana (Co. Clare)Wedge Tomb4 New Images
Leana (Co. Clare)Dubious Site3 New Images
Creevagh (Co. Clare)Wedge Tomb3 New Images
Cahercommaun (Co. Clare)Stone Fort5 New Images
Gleninsheen (Co. Clare)Wedge Tomb3 New Images
Gleninsheen (Co. Clare)Wedge Tomb3 New Images
Caherconnell (Co. Clare)Stone Fort3 New Images
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