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Beside Belfast Lough

Sunday Morning Walk Beside Belfast Lough, Northern Ireland

We went out for a walk this morning beside Belfast Lough and saw a number of interesting things. the tide was out and a football had been kicked onto the rocks. So while my husband got the ball, I took photographs on the tidal sand. My favourite was the one of the bird's feather. There were also many bird tracks in the sand. Later on we went out for a short walk but it was raining and the tide was in covering where we had walked that morning.

White Harbour

This walk took us towards the White Harbour , (c) MegL my own photoan old harbour used for moving limestone that used to be quarried in the area. The old quarry is home to falcons and you can hear them screeching loudly sometimes when passing by. Before you reach the White Harbour, you have to cross the railway line on a designated crossing, looking carefully to ensure no trains are coming and closing the gates behind you to make sure no animals stray on the line. On a Sunday, there are only two trains an hour, so it's not too hard to get across! On the path, there was a chrysalis of a six spot Burnet moth with the moth emerging.

Over the track

On the other side of the track there are old cottages, still inhabited, very peaceful, as cars cannot get close. One lovely plant there are the fruits of the Arum Lily, called "Lords and ladies" and "jack in the Pulpit". These are poisonous red berries clustered tightly on a stalk. (c) MegL my own photo

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Feisty56 wrote on September 20, 2015, 6:55 PM

I don't know if it's true these days, but some decades ago "Jack in the Pulpits" were endangered and could not be killed or picked.

MegL wrote on September 20, 2015, 7:03 PM

It doesn't seem to be on the endangered list in the UK but I haven't seen them elsewhere for a long time. The place they are growing has very little traffic and is very low on pollution.

DWDavisRSL wrote on September 20, 2015, 8:32 PM

It must have been quite something to watch the moth emerging from its chrysalis.

markgraham wrote on September 20, 2015, 8:37 PM

Beautiful pictures. One day I would really like to visit the 'Emerald Isle' as well as the 'British Isles'. My family roots are in England, Wales, Scotland as well as a little in Ireland.

paigea wrote on September 20, 2015, 9:03 PM

Beautiful pictures. It would be nice to live on a road without cars

allen0187 wrote on September 20, 2015, 11:36 PM

Lovely photographs!

I'd love to live in an old cottage myself even for just a weekend. Would love to disconnect from the world...

bestwriter wrote on September 20, 2015, 11:58 PM

The pictures are downloading pretty slowly. But knowing the eyes of the beholder they should be great ones. Shall get back here later. Did you not get to pick up shells. What's a stroll down the beach if no shells are picked emoticon :tongue:

MegL wrote on September 21, 2015, 2:23 AM

We have too many shells in the house already. emoticon :grin:

Paulie wrote on September 21, 2015, 3:13 AM

I think your photography is outstanding! Thanks for sharing this glimpse into nature.

bestwriter wrote on September 21, 2015, 4:57 AM

The action of picking shells even if you do not require them does give one complete satisfaction of having been on a beach.

Ellis wrote on September 21, 2015, 11:10 AM

Nice nature pics Meg...

VinceSummers wrote on September 21, 2015, 1:23 PM

I almost dug up a Jack in the Pulpit the day before yesterday, but it takes work and I'm 300 lbs. It's hard to bend over and use a trowel. It was a volunteer in a flower bed and I've always loved them. We had one at our other property. I'm a wildflower enthusiast par excellence.