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A Day Turning / Footing Turf in a West of Ireland Bog.


 
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James Kilkelly
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 16, 2006 10:25 pm    Post subject: A Day Turning / Footing Turf in a West of Ireland Bog. Reply with quote

Myself and my brother spent today in the bog, footing turf.
We burn peat turf to heat our homes.
Here are some pics I took in the bog.
Hope you enjoy them.


The wild and unkempt "boreen" that acts as an entry-way to our bog.
Lots of Alder, Birch and wild grasses.



This is what awaited us, lots and lots of recently cut turf. Surprised



The turf comes out like a sausage from the turf cutting machine.
It will dry on one side, but must be turned or footed to allow it to dry out completely.



Here is what some footed turf looks like.
The idea is to face the wet sides outward to allow the sods to dry by air and sunlight.



My parents dog Sheppy came along to help us in our work.



Her companion Jinx came along also.



An example of wild bog cotton.



Drains surround the areas of bog, these often contain bullrushes as shown.



More drains with lots of bog cotton.



Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris) grows really well in the peaty soil of the bog.



This is the bank of turf our most recent batch of "sods" was cut from.



A passing fox left his footprint behind.
This is our version of the Hollywood walk of fame.



The top of the turf bank is covered in heather (Erica)
Thats my brother Tom.



The view from the top of the turf bank.



Alder (Alnus glutinosa) is popping up all over the bog.



Gorse or furze (Ulex europeus) is also very present.



Plenty of Birch (Betula pendula) also.



Bramble (Rubus) and Heather (Erica)



Spikes of purple loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria) amongst lush ferns.



An out of focus example of bog orchid.



There is lots of Willow (Salix caprea) in the bog.
Most of it in our bog seemed to be badly affected by rust, note the curling and orange / brown leaves.



Two different varieties of holly (Ilex aquifolium) side by side.
We saw this along the "boreen" on our way out from the bog.
If you look closely you can see a thorny holly with a thornless variety right next to it.
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Video. Turf cutting in Kerry, a series of stills. ___________ Turf cutting on an Irish Peat Bog, and by dad its wet. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 17, 2006 12:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice pics GPI , a good example of the biodiversity of the bog .
Cool Bugs

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 21, 2006 8:16 am    Post subject: Peacock butterfly, Inachis io in an Irish bog Reply with quote

Here is a further picture taken in a bog, Fenor bog to be exact.
It is a beautifully captured Peacock butterfly.



Thanks to the photographer Roening for allowing me to use this.

Peacock butterfly

Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Superfamily: Papilionoidea
Family: Nymphalidae
Subfamily: Nymphalinae
Tribe: Nymphalini
Genus: Inachis
Species: I. io

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 25, 2006 10:17 am    Post subject: Using your Photographs? Reply with quote

Nice photo's GPI.
I am doing a research project on the peat briquette and was wondering if you would mind me using your photographys for it. It would be of great advantage to me. The original's would even be better!

You can contact me via email: (edit GPI site admin, email hidden due to privacy issues)

Thanks a mill for any help you can give me with this.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 10, 2006 10:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Your pictures are wonderful, GPI!! I've never seen peat drying like that. We call hay that dries in that configuration a "stook". Do you call it that, too?
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 19, 2006 1:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

great pictures, amazing quality Very Happy
I'm working on a project about wildlife on Irish bogs, any chance I could use a couple of your photographs? You would be fully credited of course. Please get back to me!
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 19, 2006 11:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello Tom!!! Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 02, 2007 7:07 am    Post subject: Bog Pictures Reply with quote

Great pictures. I spent many a day turning , footing and clamping turf in Co Galway. I had quite forgotton how beautiful the bog is.

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