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Comeragh Mountains – Wild cotton grass fields

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All images using a Sigma SD15, 15-30mm lens, iso 50
Comeragh Mountains, co.Waterford – Wild cotton grass fields
Landscape Photography : Nigel Borrington

Wild Cotton grass, Comeragh mountains, county Waterford

Last evening we went for a long walk with our dog through the comeragh mountains and came across an area of Bog cotton, it covered the entire hill side and valley in front of us as we walked through it.

So I just wanted to share this wonderful view and I hope get across just how amazing a view this offers on the hill sides of these mountains in the middle of a very warm July.

Common Grass Cotton

As its other common name, Bog Cotton, might suggest, this is a plant of very damp peaty ground. Its leaves mostly arise from the base of the plant, often being tinged with red or brown. It has tiny insignificant little brown flowers in April and May but it is really when it is in fruit that this becomes a most eye-catching and attractive plant. Borne on 30-50cm high, cylindrical stems, the little seeds are held in fluffy, downy, white tufts which quiver and shake in the wind, a most effective dispersal method. This is a native pant belonging to the family Cyperaceae.

Wild Cotton grass – Gallery

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8 responses

  1. Informative as well as perfectly wonderful photos…

    July 18, 2013 at 3:38 pm

    • Hello Navery πŸ™‚

      Thank you for liking this post and for the visit along with your very welcome comments πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      Very pleased you enjoyed it πŸ™‚

      July 18, 2013 at 5:56 pm

  2. cd1972

    I wanted to inform you that I nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award, because I find your blog very inspiring.

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    July 18, 2013 at 5:29 pm

    • Thank you CD, That’s very brilliant of you – Many thanks!!!!!!!!!!

      July 18, 2013 at 5:39 pm

  3. That skyscape is perfection, Nigel! Those rays……

    Friendly little tufts of cotton. Each one looks like a tiny head of stiff white hair blowing in the breeze :-).

    July 19, 2013 at 4:51 am

    • Hello Sharon πŸ™‚

      Thank you πŸ™‚

      Yes the amount of the grass and the cotton was just stunning, I don’t know if its here like this every year or it’s the weather this summer but just overwhelming. You can see from the images it just disappears of into the distance for miles.

      July 19, 2013 at 9:55 am

  4. 1annecasey

    Beautiful images.

    August 1, 2013 at 1:14 pm

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