Serenity Sun–um–Monday: Glenariff

Sorry, too busy to post my Serenity Sunday yesterday.  Here’s one from spring in Northern Ireland.  I was traveling from Belfast up the coast toward the Bushmills Inn, and one of the glens I crossed was that crested by the little River Ariff; the glen was, rather appropriately, named Glenariff.  The hillsides were carpeted with English Bluebells (Hyacinthoides non-scripta), interspersed with the ubiquitous clumps of gorse bushes in full, butter-yellow flower.  I had my first digital camera, a Nikon Coolpix 445, I believe, and at that time I wasn’t saving the original digital images after I’d processed and reduced them due to limited computer storage space, so it’s not a very high-resolution image.  I regret it now, but it still takes me back to a lovely afternoon!

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14 Responses to Serenity Sun–um–Monday: Glenariff

  1. Finn Holding says:

    Hi gary, your picture loses nothing for being lower resolution, the colours are glorious!

    • krikitarts says:

      I explored several glens that day, and I think I may have to do a “Places Remembered” post presenting a few more. It was a great day for spring colors!

  2. It must have been a very beautiful and serene moment. I love the bluebells and the gorse bushes but what really messes with me are the hills in the distance. I was born at the foot of the Wasatch front in Utah and grew up with mountains around me. Now I live in flatland Indiana. I so miss the mountains or even hills so I am always happy to see sloping hillsides with wildflowers and more hills in the distance. Thanks!

    • krikitarts says:

      So right–I had not expected the scale of the hills that I found there. Some of them reminded more of how I envisioned wild areas of Scotland. Northern Ireland is well worth a planned visit.

  3. Nice…and a reminder that Bluebells will soon cover our local woods.

  4. Meanderer says:

    It’s a very pretty image. Those lovely purple-blues and golden yellows look so wonderful together.

  5. seekraz says:

    I was going to say that “it’s a very pretty image”…but Meanderer beat me to it…so let me reframe this….

    I love the scene…I find it peaceful and can almost smell the natural perfume of the flowers and the long grass…it reminds me of wandering meadows like this when I was a child living in Germany…warm rich scents…the kind that gets in your brain and stays there for another 40 years or so….

    Thank you, Gary.

  6. krikitarts says:

    You’re welcome! Yes, it could easily be Germany, or many another location in northern Europe. There is nothing like having the time to bask in the heady sensations abundant in a flowering meadow. What a glorious experience! Where did you live in Germany?

  7. Louis says:

    What gorgeous colour contrasts.

    • krikitarts says:

      Sometimes the natural pastel-rendering of what the Irish call a “soft day” (I can say it in Irish but have no idea how to spell it) is just what such a scene calls for. This was one of those days. Thanks, Louis!

  8. Adrian Lewis says:

    Nice picture, Gary – the blues in front, yellows further back, and then that distant high ground – good stuff! Adrian

  9. krikitarts says:

    This was such beautiful country. I would really love to return and take a much more leisurely exploratory excursion up the east coast. I stayed in the Bushmills Inn that night, another unforgettable experience; I’ll never forget the perfume of the peat fire. Have you ever been up that way?

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