With all the wonderful landscapes around us and along with all the other treasures Ireland has to offer, there was also plenty to see close by and you certainly didn’t have to look very far to find them.

Stachys palustris (Marsh woundwart)

All the photos in this post, were taken within a few minutes walking distance from where we were staying in Mountshannon and these are only a few of the little gems I found.

Mountshannon is a small village in the Lough Derg area of the River Shannon. Lough Derg stretches for over 40 km from Portumna in the north, down to Killaloe and Ballina in the south, the Lough is 12 km wide at it’s widest point. Lough Derg has an abundance of flora and fauna to see along with some stunning views.

I didn’t spend as much time as I would of liked looking along the shores of Lough Derg (I’ll spend more time on my next visit there) but what I did see and photograph, was enough to write at least another two or three of these posts. All this was from just a small area of the Lough.

Lotus pendunculatas (Greater birds foot – trefoil)

Geranium robertianum (Herb-robert)

Nuphar lutea (Yellow water lily)

Crocossmia x crocosmiflora 

Foeniculum vulgare (Fennel)

“A flower’s appeal is in its contradictions — so delicate in form yet strong in fragrance, so small in size yet big in beauty, so short in life yet long on effect.” ~Terri Guillemets

Angelica sylvestris (Wild Angelica)

Ranunculus acris (Meadow buttercup)

Butomus umbellatus (Flowering rush)

Lonicera periclymenum (Honeysuckle)

Typhla latifolia (Bulrush)

Senecio vulgaris (Groundsel)

Yes I know some class it as a weed but they do look interesting close up.

Lycopus europaeus (Gipsywort)

Phylllitis scolopendrium (Hart’s tongue Fern)

Asplenium trichomanes (Maidenhair spleenwort)

I had to include a few Ferns. These were nearby, although I did come across a lot more in a local wood but that’s for another post.

Epilobium hirsutum (Great willowherb)

“The artist is the confidant of nature, flowers carry on dialogues with him through the graceful bending of their stems and the harmoniously tinted nuances of their blossoms. Every flower has a cordial word which nature directs towards him.” ~Auguste Rodin

Cirsium vulgare (Spear thistle)

Sisymbrium orientale (Eastern rocket) and Hoverfly

Persicaria amphibia (Amphibious Bistort)

Sagittaria sagittifolia (Arrowhead)

I often finish my posts with a little music that has some sort of connection to post. I’m not sure if this one works but you are getting it anyway….


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