Walking in a winter wonderland

by Alison, 22/01/2014 

The holidays now feel like a distant memory. Luckily these days our lives are pretty well documented so even though its been a few weeks, there are plenty of photographs to remind us of more relaxed days. While winter is definitely a time to get cosy by the fire, the crisp air and blue light has a pull to it that makes walking really special.

Over the holidays we took two trips into the Dublin and Wicklow mountains. On St Stephen's day we joined what felt like the rest of South Dublin on Three Rock. As long as I can remember I've been walking here with my parents and it just gets busier and busier. However step off the main trail and only 15minutes from the city, you can be surrounded in green, with all sounds gently muffled. 




Crisp cold air, frost and ice. Definitely felt like proper winter weather. While walking uphill was ok, coming down it was a definite challenge not to fall.







Though when we did make it part of the way down we came across this tree. I love how you can have been coming to a place all you life and yet it can still surprise you. From a distance this looks like a beautiful Christmas tree.


At closer inspection not only was it beautifully decorated, like any good Christmas tree it contained presents. To the very kind soul who committed this random act of kindness, thank you!




Our second hike took us through Crone woods and up Djouce Mountain. Djouce is part of the Wicklow way and on a bright, sunny day like this one, it was easy to want to continue on and walk the full Wicklow way. Maybe sometime we will be organised enough to actually do it.


Beautiful views over powerscourt waterfall. No need to pay to see it, when you can get a view like this for free.



Unfortunately we didn't see any actual deer this time but it is lovely to think of them roaming free through the hills.


Perfect hiking camera set-up. Light and pocket sized.


The summit from down below and up top. Unfortunately it was pretty misty up there so we didn't get any panoramic views.  Though the skies were so clear to the east on the way down that the Sugar Loaf was thrown into brilliant relief.










7 comments:

  1. Beautiful pictures

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    1. It's always easier when the light is this lovely

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    2. Maybe but you see the beauty of the little things many people walk by without seeing it

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  2. Thanks :) That's really lovely.

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  3. Hi. I have been searching on the internet to find out who decorated the Christmas tree on 2-Rock, but your web site is the only reference I can find to it. Your pictures have confirmed that I didn't dream it up. What you may not have realised in the daytime is that it was also decorated with little blue lights which presumably only came on after dark. Whoever did this, I want to thank personally, because they probably saved my life. I had walked up the track late one night with the intention of taking my life, and I think that the unexpected sight of the lights and angels gave me pause and changed the direction of my thoughts just enough to start me back on the path to reason. It was a sight I will never forget, and a gesture for which I will always be grateful.

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    1. Dear anonymous you definitly weren't imagining this beautiful tree. We had not noticed the lights but from the bottom of our hearts we are glad they made you stop and take a moment to reflect. We now wish more then ever that we knew the person who did this kind act. If we do ever find out who it was we will post it here. We hope things are getting easier for you and hope one day you find the person you are searching for.

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    2. Thank you. Yes, I've found help since and things are much better. I know I will never be in the dark again. I will check back here from time to time, and keep looking myself. Maybe the person wouldn't want to be known or make contact but I would only want them to know I am grateful. Best regards.

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