Scenes from the Ring of Kerry

The Ring of Kerry is just a loop road that goes around the Kerry peninsula in the southwestern corner of Ireland. My aunt and uncle and little cousin River were visiting Ireland, so I tagged along for their tour of this peninsula. The scenery was absolutely beautiful, and it makes me want to go back […]

The Clouded Morning, by Jones Very

It feels like this was a poem written about Dublin, but I don’t know if that is true, haha. The Clouded Morning The morning comes, and thickening clouds prevail, Hanging like curtains all the horizon round, Or overhead in heavy stillness sail; So still is day, it seems like night profound; Scarce by the city’s […]

Links to share

I’m loving Sinead Burke right now…I heard her do a Moth story (you know I love The Moth), and this article is awesome: Sinead Burke: Why I Chose To Embrace My Differences More beautiful Irish language for the landscape, arguing that part of the loss of Irish as a language is a loss of our […]

A Howth mining bee colony

Hiking the Howth trail back in June, my ento friends and I came across another mining bee nesting aggregation! Plus, I got to see my first ever Irish Sphecodes, which was super exciting. Most of the mining bees looked a lot like the A. nigroaenea like the other large aggregation I found, but there was […]

Take a hike! (with me?): Howth 2018 edition

These are photos from the beginning of June, but I am just now getting around to posting them. Back to Howth because I had two very dear friends visit from North America. These are my pals that gave me an honorary Canadian citizenship, complete with a mini Canadian flag, a stuffed moose, and pure maple […]

Tractors from a ploughing competition in Sligo

After my Knocknarea hike back in April, I couldn’t resist poking my head in at a ploughing competition going on nearby. I’ve been curious about Irish tractors since I arrived, and this was a good chance to see some interesting ones! Mostly I see Massey Fergusons and New Hollands around The 390 is especially common […]