Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Gorse Blooms at the Bloody Bridge

I was working in 'The Kingdom of Mourne' today - my birthplace, the hinterland of the town of Kilkeel, rejoicing on the gently south sloping skirts of the Eastern Mournes.

A cracking day, so regretting the chance for an 'outside day' at home, I took Charlie along with me, as an excuse to get my first outing of the year on the Mourne Coastal path next the Bloody Bridge.

Mourne Heritage have recently carried out some very pleasing sympathetic 'landscape improvements' to the area, which enhances the spot.

I was not disappointed, the sky was blue, the sun shining and the heady almond scent of the gorse blossom was so evocative. It really was a portent of spring. Wonderful! 

steely seas one way ....

.... positively Mediterranean the other ....

.... but only to look at!

450 million year old seabed, bent and fused by the intrusion of the Mourne Granite 50 million years ago

the gorse is in bloom

looking towards Slieve Donard

you can just see the back castles of Slieve Binnian

Mourne Coastal path

the almond smell from the gorse blossom was wonderful

spectacular seas ....

.... and skies