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.
This walk took us towards the White Harbour , an 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.
Image Credit » Bird Feather on the Beach