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Weekday Visit to Sapsucker Woods

A far-seeing, nature loving group of individuals set aside this prime swamp-land in 1954. January 8, 2021, it is surrounded by homes, a major road (the unluckily-named Route 13), an airport. Though the trails are narrow, I am happy to report everyone encountered (six individuals, though two were encountered twice on the circular trails) wore mask and demonstrated consideration.

Swamps are navigated on wooden walkways. Here are a few IPhone 7 snaps from the entrance.

Today I noticed for the first time this glistening sculpture with a plaque reading, in part, “Kent Ullberg, Swedish, b 1945, ‘Invitation of the Dance’, 2017. Stainless steel.” It was donated by the billionaire Imogene Johnson shortly before her death in 2018 at the age of 87. Mrs. Johnson was a Cornell University alumna. She and her husband were huge donors to the university, having met there as undergraduates.

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Keeping Company

A Ewe and Lambkin cross The Famine Road with the Adrigole River valley in background. The original road was built as a public works project during the Great Famine, improved in the 1930’s and named after the first Governor-General of the Irish Free State, Timothy Michael Healy.

Beara peninsula, County Cork, Republic of Ireland.

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Open (famine) Road

Healy Pass, also known as Famine Road, ascends the County Cork. Here we look back on a portion of narrow, patched asphalt winding through the Adrigole River valley.

Beara peninsula, County Cork, Republic of Ireland.

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Combo

We celebrate the Inauguration of Joseph Biden and Kamela Harris to President and Vice President of the United States of America

I present here one of my infrequent original witticisms with a touch of photographic mystery.

Beara peninsula, County Cork, Republic of Ireland.

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Another Aspect

I prefer my “mysteries” wrapped in a bun with mustard, dill relish and sauerkraut.

I present here one of my infrequent original witticisms with a touch of photographic mystery.

Beara peninsula, County Cork, Republic of Ireland.

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Down the valley

We lingered in this curve of Famine Road over Healy Pass, beauty in literally every direction.

Here we follow the modest flow of river Adrigole through its valley, the way we came. The road is just visible to the right. Beara peninsula, County Cork, Republic of Ireland.

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A road of wide curves

A similar landscape to yesterday’s post, in portrait mode. I lavished extra attention on the mounds of clouds.

A terrace fortifies the road just visible to the left. Beara peninsula, County Cork, Republic of Ireland.

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Watered Terrace

Beginnings of Adrigole river flow over a natural terrace. Caha mountains visible in the distance.

A terrace fortifies the road just visible to the left.

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Glacial Claw Marks

Looking toward the heights from Classduff townland. Glacial striations of the Caha Mountains visible in the distance.

A stream of the developing Adrigole river in the foreground. Beara Peninsula, County Cork, Republic of Ireland.

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Toward the Heights

Here the camera is turned toward the head of the valley across a wide sloping expanse. Clashduff townland comprises most this scene, we will remain in Clashduff until we breach the pass.

Sheep pasture in the foreground. Beara Peninsula, County Cork, Republic of Ireland.

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