Photographer's Note

Pictured here is an area known as the Bluebell Walk in Donadea Forest Park, Co Kildare.

The park is 243 hectares in size and consists of a number of different walking routes which takes the walker around the various historic sites of the park. These sites include the ruins of Donadea Castle, its ice house, boat house and lime tree avenue, as well as the old church and the 2 acre lake.

In addition to these attractions, the park is also home to a touching 9/11 memorial. Inspired by the memory of Sean Tallon, a young fire fighter who died in the 9/11 attacks and whose family had emigrated to the US from Donadea. The memorial consists of a replica of the iconic towers, which are inscribed with the names of the firefighters and police personnel who lost their lives that day.

The park is a part of the old Aylmer estate, of whom the last descendant Miss Caroline died in 1935. After her death she left the estate to the Church of Ireland who in turn sold it to the Irish state who now maintain it as a forest park open the public under guidance of Coillte, the Irish Forestry commission.

I named the picture as such because in recent weeks, there have been some beautiful pictures of spring bluebells posted here on Trek Earth, and those of Brian (Timecapturer) in particular inspired me to go and find somewhere in Ireland that would afford a similar view. So this is my effort! My bluebell envy is now laid to rest :)

Thanks for looking.

Photo Information
  • Copyright: Noel Byrne (Noel_Byrne) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4177 W: 26 N: 9240] (33774)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2014-05-05
  • Categories: Nature
  • Camera: Canon EOS 60D
  • Exposure: f/5.6, 1/30 seconds
  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2014-05-06 11:03
Viewed: 1583
Points: 74
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