The Burren

A spectacularly beautiful national park in western Ireland, that I had the privilege of visiting last week. Here are a bunch of photos of this crazy landscape (and a spiral shell for Jeff Ollerton).
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A spiral for you, Jeff!
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Coastal Saxifrage
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Seathrift (Armeria)
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Bird’s Foot Trefoil (Lotus corniculatus) with a caterpillar problem
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I fell in love with this mound of flowers (I still ❤ you, mound)
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Yvonne checking out a particularly lovely orchid meadow
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Heather (Erica) in flower
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A giant slug eating poo, I just had to share
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The most important thing I saw all day
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Broomrape
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Common Spotted
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Thymus, because we can all use a little more thyme…
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Erodium
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A very pretty flower we never managed to key out
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So many orchids
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Limestone to the ocean
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Some dubious horses
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A good look at these fabulous Irish walls
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Smooth exposed limestone shelf
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Jon Dwyer keying out a plant
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Some ancient tomb or whatever (humans are boring)
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Burren
The walls go right over the hills into the horizon…I bet if you added them all up they'd be longer than the wall of China (I have no data to back up this claim)
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Just your standard Irish landscape 🙂
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Hazel (Corylus) forest encroaching on the Burren meadows, sad for biodiversity?
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Broomrape
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Bald hills
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Yvonne keying out a plant
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Wall
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Wall
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Mountain Avens Dryas octopetala
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Just a pile of sharp limestone, nbd
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I just liked the juxtaposition of the caterpillar and the spider
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A sedge with cute little nutlets
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Common twayblade
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Geranium
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Silverleaf potentilla
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The cutest grass, Briza media
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Mating green dock beetles (Gastrophysa viridula), female swollen with eggs
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Oilseed rape is pretty adjacent to the blue ocean
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A pretty little damsel

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8 thoughts on “The Burren

  1. Great gallery from the Burren – it is an amazing place isn’t it. BTW you may want to know that it looked like the slug was eating Irish hare droppings! (Just in case you wanted to know!!)

  2. I love the Burren–so great to see photos of it again (it’s been since ’84 that I was there). Thanks a bunch for posting so many! I love the tiny plants and lichens that survive in such “harsh” surroundings.

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