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2012-09-20 15:04:21
blasket botany
Hi all. As I've already mentioned to SImon and a few others, I'm going to be writing a piece on the Blaksets, based the Mountain Views trip, for the Irish Times travel section.

Foolishly I managed to leave my camera in Wicklore's car on the way out of Ventry, so all of my own evidence from the day is with him until I get to Dublin to collect it.

I was wondering if any observant MVers might be able to offer any of their own insights into any of the islands we visited — I'm particularly interested in any observations on the natural history and botany of the islands. What I've noted myself is that Inishnabro had a fascinating mix of bell heather and spongy sea pink (thrift), but beyond that my botany fails. Bernie took a great photo of this flora here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/berniesphotography/7993531331/in/photo stream

Do any botany enthusiasts recognise any species? Is that sea campion I see in the foreground?

Inis Tuaisceart of seemed to have a much more standard grassy terrain for west coast islands, due to the grazing there obviously, and I do recall lots of bell heather again.

Hoping to file copy tomorrow — if anyone would like to enlighten me with your observations, please do message me or email lenny.antonelli [at] gmail.com if you have the time. Thanks, Lenny.
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Caha Mountains: Tooreennamna
Onzy 5 hours ago.
Route taking in Tooreenamna, an outlier to the west of the Cummeenageera circuit and a highly rated hill.Shoulder peak... walk, Len: 4.5km, Climb: 439m, Area: Tooreennamna, Caha Mountains (Ireland) T

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Tooreennamna: False Summits abound
Onzy 5 hours ago.
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Tooreennamna: Orphaned Outlier of Cummeenageera
Onzy 5 hours ago.
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Onzy a day ago.
Route from Wasdale over Scafell Pike and Scafell, Ill Crag, Broad Crag and a couple of other peaks. Route includes 4 ... walk, Len: 12.8km, Climb: 1471m, Area: Lingmell, Lake District - Central & Wes

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Mountaineering Ireland consults on mountains
simon3 a day ago.
Mountaineering Ireland (MI) is attempting to build a consensus on what hillwalkers value in the Irish mountains. It is a very logical step prior to advocating on behalf of hillwalkers to first det...

Castle Hill
Onzy a day ago.
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Barnahowna: Fine-weather photo
bryanmccabe 4 days ago.
Thought a fine-weather photo of Barnahowna summit was needed!

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Maumtrasna North-East Top: Worth a visit!
Collaborative entry Last edit by: bryanmccabe 4 days ago.
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Torc Mountain W Top: Big brother ....
hivisibility 3 days ago.
Here's a picture of Torc itself from Torc West Top. Approx 600m between the two summits.

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Crossderry: Summit No 2 of a fine ridge walk.
hivisibility 4 days ago.
Here is another view of Crossderry taken from Mothillín. You can see the twin peaks at the summit area. The summit proper is the one on the right. Knocknabreeda in the background.Its pretty rugged...

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Mothaillín: Fabulous views to the west from the summit.
hivisibility 5 days ago.
Fine view towards Broghnabinnia and Caher from Mothillín summit.

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Cable Car to the Hellfire Club - 20/10
cave-dweller a week ago.
Hello, There is a meeting being held in the Yellow House Pub in Rathfarnham in Dublin 14 tomorrow night at 8 pm about some proposed "redevelopments" in and around the Hellfire Club/Montpelier Hill...

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