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Morning magic in Belleek Wood

‘Fog’s rollin’ off the East River Bank‘ – the opening line of Bleecker Street, the lovely Paul Simon song – came to mind as I witnessed a rolling bank of fog smother the River Moy and suddenly change the entire appearance of a sunny, frosty morning that moments earlier had illuminated the woodland with streams of light.

It was busy mid-February Friday morning in Belleek Wood with walkers and joggers glad to see the sun return this week after one of the wettest and gloomiest winters Ireland has experienced in decades.

It’s great to see how a sunny morning can so visibly lift people’s spirits.

And the dazzlingly bright sun also lit up the darkest corners of the woodland with beams of gentle light revealing all the colours of the trees and forest floor.

The sun rays bursting from the deep blue sky danced off the bare branches of tall trees, creating beautiful sun flares and starbursts between the branches over the Belleek Wood duck pond, a place that is popular with families.

 Sun flares and starbursts between the branches at the duck pond in Belleek Wood, Ballina, Co Mayo. The lower sun flare is the sun reflecting off the water. Photo: Anthony Hickey
Sun flares and starbursts between the branches at the duck pond in Belleek Wood, Ballina, Co Mayo. The lower sun flare is the sun reflecting off the water. Photo: Anthony Hickey

The tranquil scene was completed by the sight of a Kayaker taking advantage of the calm waters of the River Moy to speedily make his way up river towards Ballina.

The sudden onset of fog was another wonderful display of nature’s powerful forces which we can only admire but never control.

Here are some photos of Belleek Wood telling the story of this morning’s walk in the wood.

Sunshine on the River Moy, Ballina, moments before a thick fog enveloped the river and Belleek Wood, Friday February 12, 2016. Photo: Anthony Hickey
Sunshine on the River Moy, Ballina, moments before a thick fog enveloped the river and Belleek Wood, Friday, February 12, 2016. Photo: Anthony Hickey
 Fog rolls in over the Creteboom wreck on the River Moy in Belleek Wood, Ballina, Co Mayo. Photo: Anthony Hickey
Fog rolls in over the Creteboom wreck on the River Moy in Belleek Wood, Ballina, Co Mayo. Photo: Anthony Hickey
The Creteboom wreck on the River Moy in Belleek Wood, Ballina, Co Mayo, is barley visible through the thick fog. Photo: Anthony Hickey
The Creteboom wreck on the River Moy in Belleek Wood, Ballina, Co Mayo, is barely visible through the thick fog. Photo: Anthony Hickey

By Anthony Hickey

Follow writer and photographer, Anthony Hickey, as he travels around his native Co. Mayo, Ireland.

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