Fairy tree

Hawthorn Trees, recognised in Ireland as the fairy tree are often seen lone in the landscape, as it is considered bad luck to cut one down, remove branches or even hang things upon it in case you disturb the little folk.

Hawthorn trees are fascinating, found alone in the landscape. How did they get there and how many times has mans plans been diverted due to the mythical significance of these hardy little trees. They may not be seen classical elegant but there is an undeniable connection to something much more ancient as one gazes upon their gnarled and weathered appearance.

Hawthorn Tree No.1 ©Laurence Gibson

Tory Island

An image from one of the many fantastic islands of the coast of the west of Ireland there are to explore. This was taken on Tory Island; a larger island  15km off the north coast of County Donegal measuring three miles long. Dotted along its one road running the spine of the island where these red benches, which stand out in its barren landscape. I am not completely sure of their purpose, to allow elderly islanders to stop along the road or perhaps simply for anyone wishing to stop and admire the view.

Bench, Tory Island, County Donegal, Republic of Ireland. ©Laurence Gibson

Bench, Tory Island, County Donegal, Republic of Ireland. ©Laurence Gibson