Sunday, November 23, 2014

Knockkillaree on the map

There is a lovely place just out of Oughterard called, Knockkillaree, fantastic word with fabulous spelling. In the beginning, when I just arrived here, it took me ages to remember how to write it.  

I am absolutely fascinated by the Irish names. I love investigating the Surveyors map and reading the local names of villages, rivers, loughs and so on.

Well, I am a map lover, I love to know where I am and I simply enjoy the view of a good detailed map. I am sure that there is someone out there that agrees with me. Reading maps is fun and can be very interesting and informative. I never go anywhere without a good map of the area I am visiting, not the tourist stuff, that has really nothing in it, but the serious, down to business, surveyor's maps with all the details and every little road. For my photo walks I like to go off the beaten paths and to investigate the tiny roads where the tourist don't go. And for that reason I need more information than can be found on a normal tourist map.
For example, if you have the usual map, you won't find Knockkillaree -  a fantastic little corner, just off the N59, on the way to Aughnanure castle. Only a few minutes after the golf course, on the left side, there is a little dirt road that sets off towards the Lough Corrib and The Waterfront House Country home - a fabulous bed and breakfast. I have heard only positive and happy comments from people that have stayed there.

This was my walking ground for a year and I loved it. The scenery is fabulous. You start through the bogs and then you are surrounded by gorgeous pines and the fabulous feeling of peace and the sweet aroma of pine needles. Fantastic combination.

Recently I went back and took a few shots. Those I share with you today.

With my photos I wish to put Knockkillaree on every map. 

image of a road surrounded by pine trees

road surrounded by trees

big old trees, stone wall, road

beautiful old trees

beautiful old trees and a sunburst

big naked trees and a sunburst through the branches

big trees covered in moss

sunset scene by the lake

sunset image

sunset image, dark and bright

sunset image straight against the sun

sunset image

sunset image with water reflections

Thank you for staying here with me 

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