Take a hike! (With me?): Glendalough wanderings

Glendalough
The money shot

I went to Glendalough with a friend and we didn’t really have a plan about where we wanted to hike. There’s only one public bus to Glendalough from Dublin, so we had a very limited time there and we just wanted to wander and see what we could see. We ended up stumbling on a really cool trail (called the Spinc) that we didn’t have time to finish, but that I would love to finish some day. Let’s just say I was not prepared for how gorgeous Glendalough would be.

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Pretty boardwalk, reminds me of Sapsucker Woods
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Green!
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For some reason, this reminds me of Yosemite
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Don’t worry the sheep!
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They don’t call it the Emerald Isle for nothin!
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Lush grassy meadows
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Pretty little stream
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The upper lake
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The waterfall is famous, but underwhelming after living in Ithaca
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I like the red pine needles
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This wooden boardwalk into the dark forest called to us both and we just had to check it out…turns out this is the Spinc trail
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I thought this trail was really fun, but I think my friend almost died
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The lakes from above…I heard a tourist call the Upper Lake “the real Guinness”
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Links to Share

The Great Barrier Reef continues to die. We know how it’s dying and why it’s dying and we’re not doing a thing to save it: Humans struggle to adjust to the death of the Great Barrier Reef

Along that vein, yes climate change is scary for humans too: When Will Climate Change Make the Earth Too Hot for Humans

And we’re making SO MUCH PLASTIC: Half of all plastic that has ever existed has been made in the past 13 years

We need to make changes to the way we do agriculture! Ecologists and farmers have a lot to learn from one another: Why farmers and ecologists should be friends

I love Math with Bad Drawings (Two Hitlers make a positive hahaha): Math Staches

Seeking help for depression is a sign of strength not weakness: Here’s an owl to say the same thing because he’s cuter than me

Aquatic insect photography by Jan Hamrsky I wish I could link directly to photos, but I can’t so you’ll have to check it out yourself!

Whaaaaaaaaaaaat bees use honeydew?!?! (That’s the excess sugar secreted by aphids and other sap-sucking insects) SO COOL: Bees without Flowers: Before Peak Bloom, Diverse Native Bees Find Insect-Produced Honeydew Sugars (Meiners et al 2017)

Hilarious and informative: Your car has just been crushed by hagfish: Frequently Asked Questions

This tongue and cheek article about May Berenbaum hiding the coolest bug under her bed (I have an academic crush on her): Disgrace: The President Of The Entomological Society Of America Has Resigned For Keeping The Best Bug In A Tupperware Under Her Bed

This is excellent…a one minute sci fi short from Ireland! Time and Space

Plants are pretty clever! Even though most people think they’re boring…look at how they trick caterpillars into cannibalizing each other: Plants have a trick that drives very hungry caterpillars to cannibalism

Common Wasp (Vespula vulgaris)

These paper wasps have been stealing wood fibers from the fences around my plots…it was pretty easy to identify them as the Common Wasp (Vespula vulgaris). They’re a bit smaller than the “yellowjackets” I’m used to in the US, giving me the impression that they are cute, though I haven’t been stung yet. 😉

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Peeling off wood
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The business end
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Fuzzy!
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The sun conveniently went behind a cloud and made this nice diffuse light
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Pretty neat to watch them work!

Some cute female Chaffinches

These chaffinches were clearly interested in this outdoor seating area at a restaurant. Of course curious birds looking for handouts make great photography models…
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Are you gonna give me something or what?!
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You can see that cute little green rump
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Anyone who eats outside with me has to tolerate me paying attention to everything other than them
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A cycle ride in the Wicklow Mountains

 

A couple of weeks ago, I selfishly took off Sunday morning for a bike ride in the national park south of the city…I’ve been trying to maximize my observation time in the rare nice weather here, including weekends, but every once in a while a person just has to get out of town.

Here are some photos I snapped when I was willing to stop.

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These are actually photos from when I got a little lost (just a little)
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Tons of cyclists!
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Dublin Bay
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Wicklow
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Down to the ocean
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Pointy mountain (I’m sure this has a real name)
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Someone’s backyard

Stung, by Heid E. Erdrich

Honeybee stinger
Stung

She couldn’t help but sting my finger,

clinging a moment before I flung her

to the ground. Her gold is true, not the trick

evening light plays on my roses.

She curls into herself, stinger twitching,

gilt wings folded. Her whole life just a few weeks,

and my pain subsided in a moment.

In the cold, she hardly had her wits to buzz.

No warning from either of us:

she sleeping in the richness of those petals,

then the hand, my hand, cupping the bloom

in devastating force, crushing the petals for the scent.

And she mortally threatened, wholly unaware

that I do this daily, alone with the gold last light,

in what seems to me an act of love.

– HEID E. ERDRICH