Beautiful Northern Ireland
Beautiful Northern Ireland
A pair of common blue butterflies near RSPB Belfast Window on Wildlife today.
The male tried his luck a few times but she was having none of it.
Gortin Glen Forest Park
“We support the revolutionaries of Ireland …We have decided to create a problem for Britain and to drive a thorn in her side so as to make her life difficult…She will pay dearly.” - Colonel Gaddafi
Regarding the post about UK citizens emailing their MP about the British Government selling rubber bullets and other things… my MP is that DUP scummy bastard Sammy Wilson. The man is sectarian as fuck, xenophobic and homophobic. He is not gonna listen to someone from a catholic area asking him to speak against rubber bullets. I’ll try and talk to a couple of politicians I kinda know who are MPs in another area though
in light of recent events
uk folks: you may feel powerless, especially if, like me, you don’t live near protests, but you can sign petitions, donate, and talk to loved ones about racial issues. the uk has many of its own issues that we were never educated about. in northern ireland, there are more cases of racist abuse and violence than sectarian violence; ‘impressive’ in a country famed for its sectarian violence. do your research on the uk’s long history of colonialism, slavery, and current institutionalised racism.
lgbtq folks: y'all better stop saying that the riots in america are just as bad/worse than police brutality. stonewall was a riot; we owe our current rights and protections largely to queer poc who stood up against police brutality. white gays in particular have so much privilege: we have to stand with the blm movement.
white folks: it is easy to be neutral in these situations; the system has been designed this way. but we can’t be. white silence is white violence. i have been guilty of being afraid to speak out against racism and other prejudices for fear of being bullied, but the reality is that we can’t continue to exist in silence and neutrality. if we don’t speak up, the blood is on our hands as well. refuse to be complicit in a system that brutalises black people and other poc. uplift and listen to black voices. advocate but don’t try to talk over the most important voices of the blm movement: the voices of black people. let them breathe, let them speak, let them live
final thoughts: use your vote, protest where you can, oppose racism, and let black voices lead us in what to do.
also fuck cops xx
Giant’s Causeway, Northern Ireland
This was high on my list for a Northern Ireland visit, and without renting a car (pricey, complicated) the best way to get out there was by tour bus. I chose to go through Irish Tour Tickets, and had a good time. It was £31 and included transport, access to the Giant’s Causeway visitor centre, crossing Carrick-a-Rede Rope bridge, a visit to the Bushmills Whiskey, and stops for photos outside (but not inside) Dunluce and Carrickfergus Castles. I thought it very worth the price.
On first look, I was a little disappointed–wonder of the natural world etc, but it’s a fairly small area of affected rock. However, I decided to stretch my legs and went for a short hike–the tour was there for about 2 hours, and there was a trail loop that went up the top of the cliff, down the side of the cliff, and back along the beach. That gave me a nice view, a look at some rock formations not covered in tourists, and also time to think about how much fun it would be to carry (carry) a wet, angry sheep up the steep cliff without the aid of steps! (Not that the steps are for the faint of heart either…They very much assume that if you got out this far you’re able bodied enough to stand some steep gradients.)
By the time I got down to the causeway itself, therefore, I had sweated out my disappointment and was able to properly appreciate the basalt. It’s weird. The stone is fractured, but the gaps between stones are so microscopic that almost no water can fit, creating a paving effect. Except then there’s plenty of vertical mismatch between each stone…
And then, of course, I had a moment to stare at the ocean, reflect on its power, and get told off by a park ranger who did not want me to complicate her day by falling into the north Atlantic. So goes my life.
As a Northern Irish person I can confirm that sending the army in is a great idea that always works.
Photos from the Vigil for George Floyd held in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
A series of vigils and protests have been scheduled throughout the weak to show solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement.
Wildfires - Washington, USA
Lightning storms last weekend sparked several wildfires on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation including one that spread across 9,000 acres. One of the largest fires was at Gable Mountain in the center of Hanford. The mountain is considered both a biological and tribal sensitive area, where workers are not allowed without authorization.
Wildfires - Arizona, USA
The Sawtooth Fire in the Superstition Mountains has burned 18,500 acres and forced nearby residents to leave their homes on Monday. Crews are fighting the wildfire by air and on the ground just two miles northeast of the Peralta Trailhead in the Tonto National Forest. Officials say lightning-caused the blaze on Sunday, and there are now at least 200 firefighters working it.
Wildfires - Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service (NIFRS) tackled three separate wildfires on Monday involving up to 200 firefighters. The fires broke out at sites in Newry, Castlewellan and Armoy.
Wildfires - Jordan
Olive trees are among the most damaged by an extraordinary number of fires hitting one of the most important regions in Jordan for forestry and olive oil making. In the Jerash province, farmers believe that an area of 6,000 dunum (almost 1,500 acres) has already been devastated. While the destruction included oranges, lemons and other fruits, many centuries-old olive trees were caught in the firestorms.
100th post, woo- Have a self-indulgent doodle of chibi Northern Ireland! He’s a druid by the way (the ears are for fun haha-). I also added a bit of yellow to his wings this time.
*squints in Tiocfaidh ár lá*
Enchanted Abbey, County Down, Northern Ireland