Author: Murtagh's Meadow

As an ecologist I have always had an interest in nature. I love gardening and would spend all day outdoors if I could. I also enjoy taking photographs and writing. I live in the west of Ireland with my young family.

Twisted – WPC

The twisted trunk of an old, moss-covered tree – a magically place where fairies emerge at dusk.

Fairy tree

Fairy tree


Photo Challenge: Place in the World

I am lucky to live in rural Ireland. I am surrounded by trees, fields and hedgerows.  You are more likely to see a tractor on our small single track road than a car.

While I grew up not far from where I live now, I have lived, and worked in towns and cities. But for me the countryside is my place in the world. Here I get to enjoy the things I love. Nature and open spaces. And my children get to enjoy the freedom I did as a child. That is worth so much more to me than anything a city could offer.


Unlikely – WPC

I fear that it is unlikely that we will ever solved the plastics at sea problem. If you think alone of the quantities of plastic floating in our oceans, 5.25 trillion pieces, and it is probably a fraction of the whole problem.

Mircoplastics in particular, will be very hard to eliminate from the water, and they are not just in the water, they are in soil and drinking water too. It is a sad fact, but we are gradually destroying this planet we call home.

Photo Challenge: Favorite Place

My favourite place is this place we call home – Planet Earth. But I do fear for it’s future. On the radio news this morning they were talking of:

And that is just one day of headlines – what are we doing??!!!


The way our oceans should be – crystal clear.



I’d Rather Be…

………at the beach. Imagine; a sunny summer’s day, the sand so warm your feet feel they are being massaged as you walk along; a gentle breeze coming from the sea. There are butterflies fluttering and bees buzzing in the wild flowers of the dunes; you are waiting to digest your lunch before you sample the water, which you know will be cool but refreshing.

Photo Challenge: I’d Rather Be…