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.
Beautiful Wood Sorrel in a bed of moss, very pretty
You know how I love dappled forest light
A look into the forest
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!
Gnarly old woods
Pretty sure this is a peacock butterfly (Inachis io)
View from the top
My friend admiring the view
These very Irish railroad tie paths
I just loved this log, covered in heavy moss and wood sorrel