Take a hike (with me?): Union Wood

A couple weekends ago, I was staying out in Rathlee enjoying Co. Sligo. My friend and I hiked around Union Wood, recommended by Murtagh’s Meadow (check out that blog if you can! very nice Irish gardens). And what an excellent recommendation! It’s a beautiful walk in a really nice forest.

Union Wood
Union Wood
Union Wood
Beautiful Wood Sorrel in a bed of moss, very pretty
Union Wood
You know how I love dappled forest light
Union Wood
A look into the forest
Union Wood
Okay, so a little tangent here. Willows are dioecious, which means they have trees with male flowers and trees with female flowers. The male flowers (catkins) offer pollen, and the female flowers offer nectar. But I saw multiple butterflies clearly probing male flowers for nectar on this tree. Do male flowers also offer nectar? I just always assumed only female flowers offered nectar. If you have insights on this, please comment!
Union Wood
Union Wood
Union Wood
Gnarly old woods
Union Wood
Pretty sure this is a peacock butterfly (Inachis io)
Union Wood
View from the top
Union Wood
Union Wood
Union Wood
Union Wood
Union Wood
Union Wood
My friend admiring the view
Union Wood
These very Irish railroad tie paths
Union Wood
I just loved this log, covered in heavy moss and wood sorrel

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2 thoughts on “Take a hike (with me?): Union Wood

  1. So glad you enjoyed the walk and many thanks for the mention! Yes, definitely peacock butterfly. I was thinking i have never seen butterflies on willow only bumbles. But now i think of it a bit more, that may not be true. Will look through some photos and see as i have this vague idea i may have photo of peacock on a willow the bees are usually collecting pollen from!!

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