Weekly Photo Challenge: Danger!

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From County Cork, Ireland.

 

One of the interesting features of the grounds around Blarney Castle is the Poison Garden.  As the name implies, the plants here are various poisons, including wolfsbane, mandrake, and ricin.  There are signs basically warning you to enter at your own risk, and not touch anything!

Pictured here is common juniper, Juniperus communis, a very common ornamental shrub (especially common in Ireland, too).  The berries are edible, but bitter.  They have some medicinal uses, even possibly acting as a contraceptive or abortifacient.  They are also thought to be toxic to dogs.

Remember, the poison is always in the dose!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Danger!

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Wanderlust

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From Dingle Peninsula.

This trip that I have been documenting in my Weekly Photo Challenges was an eight-day trip around Ireland that I took with my mom in 2015.  This particular morning, we had been scheduled to walk on the beach in Dingle, but our tour guide had a better idea: a hike up a little hillside through some farmer’s fields to find some old ruins and a Famine graveyard for unbaptized babies.

We wandered past some ornery goats, some picturesque cows, and through tall, wet fields, all the while getting such lovely views as this one.  I’ve often found that just doing some wandering is the best way to see and understand a place.  I certainly came away with a great appreciation for Ireland!

 

Weekly Photo Challenge: Wanderlust