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A walk in Castlefreke woods

My interest in photography is slowly coming back. I’m delighted! Not having the interest in creating photos is not me, and I’ve been worried about myself during this time. Of course, it happens that we have interests that fade away when we enter another stage in life, but I don’t think photography is like that for me. I’ve loved photography since long before I even had any understanding of it, and I know I’ll come back to it.

The summer has mostly been about low mood and struggling to find the motivation to do things. The Covid Delta variant has destroyed much of the hope I had for a good summer and a better future, and it’s been a tough summer for me. Photography used to be my go-to activity in such situations, but not this time. However, every time I’ve had reasons to go to places, I’ve had sparks of inspiration with the camera, so I guess there’s hope I’ll get back to my normal, photographing, self again.

Yesterday I went for a walk with my friend from the camera club again. We went back to the Galley Head/Long strand area, but this time to a small forest that is very close to Long strand. My husband and I looked at a house in this area, before buying the one we live in now. I didn’t know about this forest until people in the camera club started talking about it, and was curious. I expected a small park with some simple, leafy trees and a pleasant walk but nothing out of the ordinary. I mean, this is by the sea, so fairytale forests shouldn’t be possible.

There isn’t much I miss from Sweden other than friends and family, but one thing I miss is going for walks in the forest, real forests. And yesterday I had a nice surprise when in the middle of this little Castlefreke woods area we came to a spot filled with tall pine trees. It had the feel of the forests from where I grew up! Seeing this really made my day.

Castlefreke woods
Castlefreke woods
Castlefreke woods
Castlefreke woods
Castlefreke woods
Castlefreke woods

This is a type of Angelica – so pretty!

Castlefreke woods
Castlefreke woods

There’s hope for some pretty colours here later this year!

Castlefreke woods

Some places are special. Maybe because of the pandemic, that I haven’t been able to see my family and connect with my roots for such a long time, it meant so much to me to see something that reminds me of home. It’s complicated – I don’t relate much to Swedish culture or Sweden as my home. Ireland now is my home, and I feel more at home here, but I still have my roots in Sweden, and it means something. Seeing this pine forest was special, and it really made my day – or week!

Linking with Natalie’s Weekend Coffee share.

26 Comments

  • Debbie Harris
    3rd September 2021 at 10:35 pm

    These are beautiful photos of a lovely area and all the more special because it was a surprise find for you Susanne. I’m sorry to hear about your low mood and hope you feel your photography muse come back soon, you have a lot to offer. It’s funny that I could see the pine forest where I walk, here in Australia, in your photos!
    #weekendcoffeeshare

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    • Susanne
      4th September 2021 at 8:55 am

      Hi Debbie, and thank you! Interesting that there are pine forests in Australia too, I certainly didn’t expect that! I guess I see Australia mostly as a tropical country.
      Yes, it’s been a tough summer but right now I feel like I might be coming back to my normal self. Going out with my friend definitely helped!

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  • Natalie
    4th September 2021 at 12:50 am

    What a beautiful forest, Susanne. I’m glad you discovered it and in the process enjoyed photographing nature again. I hope you have a great weekend and week ahead. Thank you for linking up with #weekendcoffeeshare.

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    • Susanne
      4th September 2021 at 9:09 am

      Thanks Natalie! It was a lovely find! I hope you’ll have a good week too.

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  • Katerina
    4th September 2021 at 12:09 pm

    Such gorgeous photos, Susanne! What an amazing find – I am not surprised this walk lifted your spirits. I am originally from the Czech Republic but have lived in Australia for nearly 20 years and I miss our European forests too – we used to do a bit of hiking when we were little. Hope you get to go back soon!

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    • Susanne
      4th September 2021 at 12:18 pm

      Hi Katerina! Yes, the European forests are amazing, and to me the northern European – meaning Scandinavian – stand out. It was very surprising to find this area in Ireland, and especially in a coastal area! If not earlier I’ll go back when nature starts to shift colour. Thanks for visiting!

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  • Gary Wilson
    4th September 2021 at 4:01 pm

    Hi Susanne, the whole roots question is one one that we would need more than a single mug to discuss in any depth. Family and college, and post married life and work and our own kids, politics and the ebb of history and more life changes things and I’m not sure I even know anyone who still lives and feels deeply rooted to the place near where they were born. The people I know from where I was born are all nostalgic and thankful for where we were born and raised but life has moved many of us around so new roots had to be set, new memories of a place started and nurtured.

    Oh, and look, our mugs are almost dry already. Shall I pour you a fresh one?

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    • Susanne
      4th September 2021 at 8:31 pm

      Let’s pour another one! It’s good to have you here. Yes, the discussion about roots is an interesting one. I have deep feelings for the area where I lived as a child, and I’ll certainly talk about it here sometime, but I’d never go back to live there again. It’s not where I feel at home. I have strong feelings for the area, and it’s an important part of me, but it’s not my home. Home is where your heart is, and for me that’s West Cork.

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  • Janet Alcorn
    4th September 2021 at 9:59 pm

    I love your photos! Beautiful forest, and your angelica pic is amazing. Thanks for sharing!

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    • Susanne
      5th September 2021 at 5:39 am

      Thanks, Janet!

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  • Joanne Tracey
    5th September 2021 at 12:48 am

    Please keep picking that camera up – your photography is fabulous and those woods are enough to inspire creativity.

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    • Susanne
      5th September 2021 at 5:40 am

      Thanks so much, Joanne! I actually feel much more back to normal with photography now.

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  • Linda Stewart
    5th September 2021 at 3:13 am

    Hi Susanne, I think we are all COVID-weary and worn down, like there is nothing to look forward to anymore. We never know when the next blow will come. I can relate to what you feel and how wonderful it must have been to discover a stand/forest of Pine trees, they smell amazing and are so beautiful. Although Australia has pine trees (small “P”) they are nothing like those of my homeland in New Zealand. I too love photography and you certainly have a gifted eye with whatever lens you are using. Stay well and take care of yourself. Linda x

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    • Susanne
      5th September 2021 at 5:45 am

      That’s very well put, Linda – that we don’t know when the next blow will come and have nothing to look forward to anymore. That’s exactly how it is! Thank you for your words about my photography. These days I almost always use a 15 mm prime lens (equivalent to 30 mm in full frame). I bought it in the spring and was in love from the very first moment I used it. I use that or my macro lens, and only use my zoom lens for very special occasions when I really have to, like when I photographed waves a couple of weeks ago.

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  • Maria
    5th September 2021 at 6:10 am

    Gorgeous photos! I saw one of them on Instagram earlier this week. I understand that you miss our forests, and I am happy you’ve found this place. I really appreciate you beautiful photos, at the moment I do not have a camera, but when I do, I really enjoy photography.

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    • Susanne
      5th September 2021 at 9:51 pm

      Thanks Maria! This was nothing like the Swedish forests I’m used to, but a very solid substitute.

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  • Alex
    5th September 2021 at 8:03 am

    Love pictures of paths and wondering where they lead.

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    • Susanne
      5th September 2021 at 9:48 pm

      I’m the same! Paths are so intriguing, especially surrounded by forest.

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  • Sanch @ Sanch Writes
    5th September 2021 at 9:21 pm

    Oh those photos are beautiful! Thanks for taking us into the forest with you. It must be so calming to be in nature like this. I’m sorry that summer didn’t turn out the way you’d have liked. The Delta variant turned our lives upside down here in Aus but that was because of poor vaccination rates to begin with. I hope your photography mojo is well and truly back.

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    • Susanne
      5th September 2021 at 9:49 pm

      Thank you! And I actually think my photography mojo is back for real. It’s been months since I felt like this about using the camera.

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  • Barbara Loefgren
    6th September 2021 at 12:15 am

    Gorgeous photos and so nice to hear you are enjoying photography again.

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    • Susanne
      6th September 2021 at 9:25 am

      Thanks, Barbara! I’m very happy about it too.

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  • Beaton
    6th September 2021 at 4:23 pm

    wow that’s some enchanting photos looks like you definitely have the touch or is the scenery is so magical one cant but not take nice photos
    Covid has been quite the bummer and still we stand
    have an awesome week

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    • Susanne
      7th September 2021 at 8:20 am

      Thank you Beaton, hope you have a good week too!

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  • Kirstin
    8th September 2021 at 2:10 am

    I’m trying to get my love for photography back, though I’m no photographer, I just love taking pictures. THe other day I went and took pictures of my grandson riding his little electric bike and I was so happy. I used to always take photos of my girls playing soccer but now that they’re adults, I work, I don’t take time to go out and just take pictures, it’s easy to get out of it. Love those photos of the forest….they are like a fairytale.

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    • Susanne
      8th September 2021 at 9:18 am

      Hi Kirstin, yes, it’s easy to get out of it, it’s a fun activity that also gives you some good memories to look back to later, like your photos of your daughters. I have lots of photos from past holiday trips that I love looking at although they are not that technically good. I’m glad you’ve had a good photoshoot with your grandson!

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