Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Kerry memories


the view from Geokaun Mountain
© Teresa Newham
Because I visit Kerry so often, I'd forgotten that I haven't shared much of its wonderful scenery on this blog unless I've painted it! I never get tired of the panoramic view from Geokaun Mountain on Valentia Island (above) taking in Portmagee, the Skelligs and Bray Head; and although we've driven through the coastal town of Waterville many times, we've never seen surf as it was when we were there in October:


white surf at Waterville
© Teresa Newham
The colours, especially in Autumn, are a wonderful range of greens and golds - I think of them as typically Irish.  I took this photo during a walk along the Bog Road, the area which inspired the painting I blogged about earlier this month:

the colours of Kerry
© Teresa Newham
Autumn colour was very much in evidence at Kells Bay Gardens, where a choice of walks leads through a primeval forest and a bamboo glade; fallen logs have been turned into dinosaurs and the atmosphere at the riverside reminds you why so many tales of fairies are popular in the Kingdom!

Autumn, Kells Bay Gardens
© Teresa Newham

Further along, the path climbs higher to these trees.  They're not the largest or the most spectacular in the Gardens, but for some reason I can't put my finger on, they are my favourites . . .

trees, Kells Bay Gardens
© Teresa Newham
Near our base at Portmagee, an enterprising landowner has given visitors the opportunity to view the Skelligs from the Kerry Cliffs;  this photo was taken at a fairly low level, but if you've a head for heights it's definitely worth going to the top!

the Skelligs from the spectacular cliffs
© Teresa Newham
And finally, a walk along Reenroe Beach, where the sky was a subtle pinkish gold colour - which has shown up unexpectedly well in this photo.  The Iveragh Peninsula never ceases to amaze me.  Is it any wonder I keep going back?

Autumn light, Reenroe beach
© Teresa Newham










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