I went out to the Bog Road between Clifden and Moyard last week. It was about 5.30pm and the light was really beautiful, low and clear. The colour of the bog grasses was striking – rich metallic shades of gold, copper and bronze. There was still some warmth left in the sun but the wind had a bite to it which isn’t evident in these pictures – the colours are so deceptively warm, it could be some hot and arid place..


Photograph of bog by Deborah Watkins





I wandered down this road to get a better look – a typical Irish side road with impressive pot holes..


Road with pot holes





Mmmm, need a tractor to get through this next bit, good job I brought my wellies..but just look at the blues reflected in this pool.


Photograph of flooded road by Deborah Watkins





One last picture, I like the way the hill peaks over the top of the road in this one.


Road through bog by Deborah Watkins



I went for a walk along our new cycle path just outside Clifden at the week end. It flanks the beautiful Gowlaun lake and curls around the rock faced road on the other side as it meanders in to town. It was evening and a little overcast so the light was low and a strong breeze carried cumulus cloud steadily across the sky. In between the puffy white mass, the sky was a startling blue which was reflected in the water with the last of the evening sun.

Large banks of reeds with purple crimson heads swished in the breeze – there is no sweeter sound and I hear it again when I look at this next picture below.


Reeds at Lough Fadda, Clifden





Here’s a close up of the reeds. I looked for it when I got home and was disappointed to find that it’s name is the Common Reed – a sadly underwhelming title for such a beautiful plant..


Close up of the Common Reed




and some more reflections.. this bank of reeds made a lovely arc that swept across this part of the lake from where I stood. The reflection of the sky overhead is more colourful and descriptive than the sky itself from this angle.


Reflections in Derrylea lake





This last photograph was taken just before I left. The evening was closing in and the landscape is almost in silhouette against the water and these gilt edged clouds. Magic.


Evening closes in at Derrylea lake

Evening light at Tra Mhor

I caught the last of the evening light at Tra Mhor this week. This is one of the biggest beaches, as it’s name indicates at Aillebrack in Ballyconneely, just south of Clifden. It was after 8.00pm when I arrived to find an empty beach lit by the low evening light..perfect!

I love the way the light seems to creep over the sand and the finger like shapes that the clouds have made in this image (above and below)


Photograph of Tra Mhor





There was a bank of yellow flowers at the edge of the strand where I took some photos (below). Is it meadow vetchling?


Bank of flowers at Tra Mhor





Here’s a few close up’s. There had been a recent rain shower and you can just the rain drops clinging to the petals.


Yellow plant at Tra Mhor





Yellow plant at Tra Mhor





I took the next few photos from the other side of the bank.


Photo of Tra Mhor





I love this combination of yellow and blue together. We may not be having the hot Summer that we would like but all is forgiven at moments like these here at Tra Mhor..


Photo of Tra Mhor