Wild Atlantic Way

 

The Clare coast, just north of Doolin

The Clare coast, just north of Doolin

After getting settled, I headed north on the Atlantic Coast Highway with no other agenda than to look for blooming wildflowers. The clouds had cleared, but the wind was howling. I stopped at the first place I saw where I could safely pull over. With the Atlantic on my left, and the limestone landscape of the Burren on my right, and armed with my copy of “Wildflowers of the Burren” I started wandering.
As luck would have it, one of the first tiny flowers that caught my eye were small, brilliant blue blooms holding their own against the side of a rock. The Spring Gentian! I had read that it was rather rare so I checked and double checked my field guide. Yep, it was the Gentian! Soon after I came across a mountain aven, an early purple orchid, and several others that I had no idea what they were. It was amazing to me that these tiny plants could withstand the harsh weather conditions that were currently pummeling me.

two gentians

Spring Gentians, sprouting near the Clare coast, just north of Doolin.

Me, observing blooming wildflowers right at the edge of the Burren

Me, observing blooming wildflowers right at the edge of the Burren

 

 

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