Bamboo park

We live in the central part of the south coast of Ireland, and if you go further west you have three peninsulas that belong to county Cork, and to the north of them there are a few other peninsulas that belong to county Kerry. You may have heard of the famous Ring of Kerry and Dingle peninsula. Both fabulous areas, but the West Cork peninsulas shouldn’t be underrated… there’s the Mizen head peninsula (although, it’s very possible it actually has another name), Sheep’s head peninsula, and the northern one which is the Beara peninsula. To get to Beara you need to go to Bantry and then Glengarriff, which is a lovely little town.

Glengarriff has a lot to offer that we need to explore more. There are ferries to Whiddy island and also to Garnish island, that is famous for its subtropical plants, and there is a large nature reserve where you can walk around in the forest. I’m very interested in going to Garnish island but that won’t happen this year. There’s also, on the way between Glengarriff to Kenmare, a nice little knitwear shop at the location where there used to be an illegal poitín distillery. As far as I know it’s named after the distillery, Molly Gallivan’s. The old still is in the back garden! Very cool, and we often stop by there when we’re in the area.

When we’ve travelled along that way, we’ve seen information about something called “Bamboo park”. In the beginning of August we finally decided to go and see what it’s about. I expected a small, nice garden with some tropical plants. Instead it turned out to be a HUGE area with paths for walking along the bay and in a vast garden with patches of forests where there are patches of bamboo and tropical plants mixed with ordinary plants.

So, let me take you on a walk through that forest!

Thank you, everyone who commented on my last post. It was a bit of therapy to write the post and afterwards I could sort of let the negativity go. You had lots of good encouraging thoughts and reading them all made me smile!

Recently we had the first in-person camera club meeting since before Covid. It was very pleasant and afterwards I felt inspired again, and that I’m part of this group of people with this common interest and there is no reason to compare my work with theirs (or anyone else’s) but we can instead inspire and encourage each other. I think all the negativity I’ve experienced must be a Zoom thing – Zoom is a wonderful tool but it can never be like a real meeting – it’s very difficult to have a proper conversation there so someone’s opinions easily become “the absolute truth” while in photography there are a lot of ifs and buts.

I’m linking this post with Denyse Whelan’s Wednesday words & pics.

17 responses to “Bamboo park, Glengarriff”

  1. Min @ Write of the Middle avatar

    Hi Susanne – beautiful photographs, and thank you for the virtual nature walk through Bamboo Park, Glengariff! I never imagined bamboo and/or tree ferns in Ireland! They remind me of home (here in Australia). What a stunning walk and I love the little bridge. It’s only 6:37am here and I’m sipping on my morning coffee. It was lovely to get a bit of a nature fix via your lovely photo’s so thank you!

    1. Susanne avatar

      I’m glad you enjoyed it! This was a very odd place but very pleasant for a walk!

  2. Sue from Women Living Well After 50 avatar

    Oh my goodness what a magical place and your photographs filled me with joy to start my morning. Thank you so much for sharing this beautiful place. I’ve recently moved from the ocean back to the City and thought I would lose ‘nature’ from my world. My post this week shows that there is natural beauty wherever we live and I’ve shared some photos of my new neightbourhood and ‘neighbours’. Visitng from Denyse’s Wednesdays Words & Pics. xx

    1. Susanne avatar

      Hi Sue, that’s good to see you have some nature areas around you also in the city! I’m glad you enjoyed the walk in Bamboo park also. Have a good week ahead!

  3. Debbie Harris avatar

    I loved the walk Susanne, thanks for showing us something unexpected – bamboo and tree ferns in Ireland! Who knew???

    1. Susanne avatar

      Yes, very uncommon but this area has a very temperate climate so a lot of different plants can thrive here. Very interesting!

  4. Leanne | avatar

    Hi Susanne – gorgeous photos as usual, I was surprised to see a bamboo/tropical garden of that size so far away from where they usually occur. It would have been a lovely day out for you and a nice change in the usual scenery.

    1. Susanne avatar

      Hi Leanne, it certainly was a lovely day out, and they’ve built a fantastic place there. We have a special climate here for tropical plants and there are quite a few plants here that people wouldn’t expect to see in Ireland.

  5. Joanne avatar

    OH wow; that park is gorgeous! I love all those little paths.

    1. Susanne avatar

      That’s what I loved the most about it too!! Paths in different shapes and directions are so intriguing!

  6. Cathy avatar

    You can tell all us Aussies are wondering how tree ferns could be growing so well in another country……must be a beautiful mild climate you have there. And the purple hydrangeas lining the steps were something to see as well. Thanks for sharing!
    Take care

    1. Susanne avatar

      Oh yes, lots of comments from Aussies about the tree ferns – and I learned the name of them too! We have a nice mild climate here where the winters usually don’t get the extreme weathers or temperatures that most other northern countries do. Here by the southern coast it’s rare that we get snow that sticks, while in the midlands or even as close as north Cork it happens. We get frost now and then in the winter but normally only for a few days every year. The climate is one of the reasons I love living here – I’m not a snow/winter person, I love colours and green fields and being able to go out without inconveniences! Thanks for visiting!

  7. Denyse Whelan avatar

    Gosh I loved that walk. Thanks for sharing it. Nothing like a walk with a path, and a bridge and lots to look at. Bamboo can be a pest but this looks awesome. My Dad’s window in his retirement place looks out to now high bamboo plantings but with his limited vision he enjoys the green and the movement. Nature’s green is very restful!

    So good to have you link up this week for Wednesday’s Words and Pics Link Up.
    Looking forward to connecting with you more again soon.
    It’s a weekly link up and I know it’s still new getting used to Wednesdays!
    I am grateful for your presence as a blogger and one who enjoys the connections we make.
    Warmest wishes,

    1. Susanne avatar

      I couldn’t agree more! This was the perfect walk. I’ve understood that bamboo can be quite invasive but probably not here. I’m glad your dad enjoys the bamboo outside his room!

  8. Christie Hawkes avatar

    Such beautiful photos, Susanne! I really want to visit there now. I’ve never been to Ireland, but it is on my list of places to visit. Seeing your photos reinforced that desire. Thank you!

  9. Anne avatar

    I confess, I wasn’t super-excited about photos of a bamboo park, but I loved how you captured it. The light and the color of the bamboo – not to mention the path, the bridge… just the general appeal of this oasis in Ireland. It seems as though it must have been quite a peaceful walk, but perhaps not? Were there others there?
    I particularly liked the picture with the bridge disappearing into what looks like… a doorway? an entry back into the forest? It’s one of those pictures that invites some imaginative thought – I always wonder where the path may lead, and where I’d WANT it to lead.
    Thanks, as always, for sharing. <3

    1. Susanne avatar

      I also really like photos of simple paths that you don’t know where they lead. This walk was very peaceful, I only saw other people by the bay. Really nice and relaxing! I can imagine this place isn’t very well known because this was on a Saturday in August and it should have been busy! That bridge by the way leads into a darker part of the forest. Lovely and intriguing!

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