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It is brilliant

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I took this photograph in the summer of 2012 at Nora’s wee cottage garden that runs parallel to the dodder footbridge.

Donnybrook spring sky

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I noticed some twitterers taking about the beautiful Dublin sky today, and was glad to know that I was not alone in thinking the same thing only yesterday – when there was a blanket of snow on the ground and intermittent glimmer of sunshine peeping through. In fact I felt compelled to take some photos, as I thought the sky looked exquisitely beautiful with its fresh array of intense blue, amidst the grey smokiness and white clouds. It reminded me of the sky in Switzerland in the thick of winter when snow and sunshine meets.

P1030753It was snowing in Donnybrook, Dublin, when I looked outdoors on this late March, morning, 2013. So – I captured this somewhat snowy daffodil, as I was reminded of @beannaichte – Alicia’s sister, Sharon – who sadly passed away in recent days. I thought it was an apt moment, as doubtless, snow and daffodil’s – per se – are not usually around together at the same time of year. Not in Ireland, anyway. I also thought the green white and gold very appropriate. The caption on top is taken from a tweet by Alicia. Sincere Condolences Ali. – Marie-Thérèse

PS:  The snow has all but disappeared. So this is definitely a moment in time photo that was meant to be.

Grey-hooded Irish crow

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I’m rather pleased with this Irish grey-hooded crow photo that was taken from within side my balcony window the other day. Although, it is not the best focussed shot, it’s not bad considering that it was taken on a dank grey morning. I had to go in search of the breed, as I had not seen a crow with greyish/white breast before. I’ve often heard the distinct caw-caw sounds in the country, and wondered about the breed of the birds behind the audio sounds.

Hooded Crow – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Hooded Crow (Corvus cornix) (sometimes called Hoodie crow) is a Eurasian bird species in the crow genus. Widely distributed, it is also known locally as Scotch CrowDanish Crow, and Corbie or Grey Crow in Ireland; Grey Crow is also what its Welsh name, Brân Lwyd, translates as. Found across NorthernEastern and Southeastern Europe, as well as parts of the Middle East, it is an ashy grey bird with black head, throat, wings, tail and thigh feathers, as well as a black bill, eyes and feet. Like other corvids it is an omnivorous and opportunistic forager and feeder. It is so similar in morphology and habits to the Carrion Crow (Corvus corone) that for many years they were considered by most authorities to be merely geographical races of one species. The fact that hybridization was observed where their ranges overlapped added weight to this view. However, since 2002, the Hooded Crow has been elevated to full species status after closer observation; the hybridisation was less than expected and hybrids had decreased vigour. Within the Hooded Crow species, four subspecies are recognized, with one, the Mesopotamian Crow, possibly distinct enough to warrant species status itself.

‘Thank-you’ Ophelia

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On behalf of survivors of Goldenbridge and industrial *schools* and Magdalen laundries, I’d like to say a big ‘thank-you’, Ophelia, for the support you have given them via your pen since 2005. You’ll always be remembered with kindness. You stood by them at a time when it was inhospitable to do so. butterfliesandwheels.org has been in existence for ten years now, and throughout all that time you’ve been writing non-stop, with the result that some people have often asked where you got your writing energy. There are truly not many who have such devotion and passion and staying power as you do. You have also written prolifically on humanitarian issues from around the world, and there are people in the far outreaches who are absolutely indebted to you for consistently highlighting the inhumane plight on women and children. I hope you like these daffodils that were planted by a man who is as devoted to planting flowers as you are to the craft of writing?!