Nature’s first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf’s a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf.
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day.
Nothing gold can stay.
I recently paid another flying visit to Ireland, this time for my mum’s 70th birthday party. I’ve been so busy since I came back that i haven’t had time to write about anything, and I have loads to write about my lovely visit. The weather was stunning, warm and sunny, a complete contrast to my last visit when we were caught in a blizzard on Dawson Street! I took loads of photos of the old village beside where I grew up, and still have to process them, the weather was so good I had my camera out the whole time.
On my last day my flight was in the afternoon so I went for a lovely breakfast with dad in the Dundrum Shopping Centre, and then as the weather was perfect he took me to see The Botanical Gardens in Glasnevin, the Irish equivalent to Kew Gardens (with free entry & €2 parking for the whole day)
Dad had seen how much I love taking photos and thought I might like to visit the gardens in this beautiful summer weather. We only had an hour before I had to go and catch my flight, and the second I walked in to the gardens I got stuck…. the first flowerbed was exquisite!
I’m not sure that my camera did it justice, but here are a few photos from my fleeting visit to The Irish Botanical Gardens. Dad says every time he visits the display is different….. flowers are with us just for a moment as Robert Frost so beautifully said. So this post fits this week’s Weekly Photo Challenge Fleeting perfectly.
I will add some more photos from this beautiful garden soon, I just wanted to share some of them as soon as I could!
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You have some great macro shots here. Looks like a beautiful place to reclaim mind, body, and soul. We have a botanical garden here that I visit frequently for just that reason. Glad you had a good time with your folks and some quality time with your dad.
It was stunning, and I only got to see a tiny bit of the gardens. I was seriously thinking of missing my flight so I could spend some more time there!
Barbara, you better not tell Al that The Irish Botanical Gardens is only over the fence from the dead center of Dublin! 😉
If I did then Michael Collins, Éamon De Valera and Maud Gonne would be turning in their graves!
No problem, Marie. Our gardens are right next to Norfolk International Airport, but due to the beautiful and well placed foliage it seems very secluded (until a plane takes off, that is).
That is the one huge drawback about Kew Gardens, it is right under the flight path from Heathrow. There is a plane every minute and quite low, it really affects your visit
I love The Irish Botanical Gardens, they are a regular stop on my visits down to Dublin.
I can’t believe they are free entry! Kew is £16 each plus £6.50 parking!!
Shhhh! If Dublin hears that….. 😦
And Kew is under the Heathrow flight path. The Botanical Gardens were SO much more peaceful 🙂
One of these days I must take my camera for a dander in Belfast’s Botanical Gardens. I have not been there for years.
I bet it is beautiful at this time of year…. Make it a date for the next sunny day 🙂
Beautiful … choice for the challenge – and wonderful shots.
I have lots more… I am going to have to write a second post about this visit, it was just amazing 🙂
Beautiful flowers… 🙂
They were so stunning, i got stuck photographing just the first flowerbed!
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I said to myself, soon as I make the click it will be breathtaking … I was right. Good job, Barbara.
blessings ~ maxi
Thank you! 🙂
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