outdoors

Sunday drive

Kells churchyard

It’s Sunday, so perhaps somehow fitting that we should begin today’s excursion at a churchyard. Another high cross…more burials. Flowers.

Bluebells

Bluebells, in this case.

Kells roundtower

This is the highest hill in Kells, and the oldest building remaining in the compound is the round tower, most of which still stands. Everyone seems compelled to point out that while most such towers have four window-openings at the top, this one has five—one for each of the main roads leading into town (and away from it, duh).

Canola road row

And, we’re off again. Colors—canola yellow flowers, red car, green vegetation, grey road. Yeah, a snapshot.

Tara earthworks

This is some of the earthworks at Hill of Tara, commonly called Tara, just as Margaret Mitchell used it in “Gone with the Wind.” Too much complicated archaeology to even broach it. Take it merely as intricate visual candy, and admire the ancient ones who planned and created this.

River bridge

Here’s a little swoopy stone bridge over a river/creek.

Trim castle keep

This is the keep of Trim Castle; it’s the largest Anglo-Norman castle on this big island. It was here by 1175, replacing an earlier wooden fortified structure. Life hustled and bustled in the area surrounding the keep and within the curtain walls (completed ~1200)—craftsmen and servants, knights and merchants—and stables, a lime kiln, and so on. The castle offered sufficient security that the town outside the walls became substantial.

Stonewall fern

Loving these little ferns that have taken hold in the castle wall. And are degrading it.

Road approaching HILLS

We push on. We are looking for hills. Aha! There are some! We’re still in the Boyne Valley, but we’re inland and nearing the edge of the catchment.

Lane grass center

Off on a “leetle” road. I’d call it a lane. With grass overtaking the center.

Gorse blossoms

And, off to the right: gorse! Here’s a cluster of gorse blossoms close up.

Loughcrew cairn

We climbed a little hill this morning at Tara. This one, with some of the Loughcrew cairns atop, requires much more effort. And, on the summit: another Neolithic passage tomb. Signs around it urge “No Climbing.” The accent of every person I heard climbing the mound: Irish. It’s their patrimony…. We stayed on the ground surface. Plenty to see from this hilltop—you can get a hint of how high we are by the distant view in the horizon to the left. Sunny and gorgeous. Beautiful day.

Pink wildflower

I don’t know what this flower is called; I found it in the hedgerow as I stopped to catch my breath.

Biblical furies

Dogwood bloom duo

So, late yesterday here in Atlanta we had a (localized) apocalyptic fire. Then, in the lantern hours we suffered a big rain and wind storm .

The fire—no human casualties, but I just heard law enforcement made arrests after the evening news—firebugs. And the storm, we weathered it (teehee).

Pollen dusting

It knocked back the pollen for a few hours…. [This was before the storm….]

No haymakers thrown

Horse patrol

Looks like the fantastically warm temps have brought out the horse troops. Clop clop. Better than mildew!

Bust chandelier

That’s a chandelier of stainless kitchen tools behind the plaster bust. Un-busted bust.

Dark side, not moon

Majestic Food in lights

Someone (not me) made a late-day drone run to capture the soft light of the Golden Hour. This is the dark side of the Majestic at dusk, however. Isn’t that a green!

Too pretty to forget

Sunset by drone

Drone bonus: Last night’s sunset—I almost forgot!

Considerations

Fog in morning

We began the morning in a fog. Real fog. We took care of the coffee-fog with the usual medicinal application!

Uktena etched pot

At our first stop, we went back in time to the Mississippian world, which must have been rich in symbolic imagery, stories of other-worlds, and so on—enough to make you shiver. Archaeologists and art historians call this critter the horned serpent, and also use uktena, which is/is from a Cherokee word.

Edmund Pettus brige view NNW

Next stop was in Selma, the Edmund Pettus Bridge. We didn’t walk across, only part way; however, we drove across three times We also looped by the Brown Chapel AME Church, which is where the SCLC met, and where the three marches in 1965 that headed from Selma to Montgomery began.

Night and day

Ginkgo night

Ginkgo tree in streetlight.

Ivy sun

Ivy tracks on a sun-face.

The macro-ed world (again)

Ice crystal towers

First I thought I’d write about these ice mini-towers, maybe 3cm tall in total.

Shrub pink buds

Then I saw these buds…when I looked at the close-up, gee, they looked crinkled and…unpleasant. Frost/cold is the culprit, I think. [Some woody shrub I don’t know the name of.]

Mushroom gills

I liked these mushroom gills the best!

Sea to inland

Beach pier grackle

We made it out to the beach for a bit of a stroll. Almost no beachcombers, and few birds….

Closed pier

The last hurricane damaged the pier, and apparently also most of the walkways across the dunes to the beaches. Visitors just walk through the dunes (the walkways were to protect the dunes, so total failure with that maneuver), but this barrier is more robust. We could see that the end of the pier was missing…yup, dangerous out there.

Giant cotton bales

I don’t remember seeing these huge round cotton bales before. Round hay and straw bales, yes. I think these are larger—and far larger than the old hand-picked bales, too!

Ice glitter

We found ice still glittering in Atlanta’s trees where it remained protected from Mr. Sun. We found a dusting of snow remaining in our yard, to be sustained overnight with the below-freezing temps predicted for us.

I remembered another pork item from yesterday’s breakfast buffet, bringing the total to nine, seven of meat, and two dishes with some meat added….

Shoreline fun

Lighthouse in palmettos

Hey, we’re on the Gulf Coast, so of course we saw…a lighthouse!

Limpkin M

And wading birds! Is this a limpkin? I think so…. Watched her/him for some time….

We also saw birds of several colors and configurations (including Snow Birds), two gators, one armadillo (wait, that was yesterday), shrimp and oysters (on our plates)….

Drone beach

But the best shots of the day were from Drone-y/Roney…above this white sand beach with the narrow peninsulas extending out from the beach during low tide…

Drone sunset river

…and this sunset shot. You can see a sliver of the Gulf past the river….