in my friend's seaside garden in West Cork, I am looking at the effects
of the weather on the old stones and the not so old hawthorn
tree. The climate in this part of Ireland is mild and damp at
times, though we are not as wet as the west coast, where the wind come
straight off the Atlantic onto the mountains and precipitates a great
deal of water. We are warmed by the Gulf Stream, and
we have only a very small mountain, and much of the very wet weather
passes over us and continues on its way to Wales. We are,
however, the recipients of much wind; this has the effect of
bending our trees into an easterly boomerang shaped lean. This
garden is very exposed to the wind, and so the owner has planted
hundreds of trees as windbreaks, and restored many old walls to provide
shelter for her plants.
Camera Nikon G9 modified for infra-red.
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