I enjoyed the six-mile Eco Walk trail from Glenbarrow trailhead in the Slieve Bloom Mountains so much last weekend, I took Adam out to experience it again yesterday. Though visibility from the Ridge of Capard wasn't nearly as good, we still found some lovely views and interesting things along the way. We IDed this lichen when we got home, Cladonia fimbriata or trumpet lichen, and we learned that its fruiting bodies are on the tips of the trumpet-shaped bell. Can you see the little brown dots?
We hiked through various patches of managed forest land and it seems that some of the trees were planted on ground where their ability to root was limited. It is an interesting connection to bogs and peat energy, because as Ireland moves away from burning peat for electricity, they are moving towards burning biomass in those same power stations. But where will the biomass come from? Irish wood chips are a preferred option, but Ireland doesn't have very much forested land. Will increased demand for wood drive people to plant on unsuitable ground where trees can't root and fall over before they can be harvested? How would forestry on unsuitable ground impact the nearby soil and water quality? .
This is what I found the morning of my very first wildcamp ever only 300m away from where I had spent the night. .
This is not something you want to see. It scared the shit out of me. Ireland doesn't really have predators, only wild dogs but no bears or wolves. If an animal killed the sheep I think there would have been more of a mess. No dog would be able to cleanly eat the inside of a whole sheep and not leave any mess smeared at the side. So that leaves humans.
New video today on YouTube of our hike through Glendalough!! Lotsa rain and adventure and even a vehicle breakdown. Check it out and let us know what you think if you are interested!
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This was shot last year in one of my favourite hot springs—ever. It’s currently closed due to this summer’s forest fires and reopens next year. I can’t wait for round two🌲✨
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