Selector’s Choice Honorable Mention | South Devon Salon

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Poulnabrone Portal Tomb | Ballyvaughan, Co. Clare

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This was taken back in May on a day-trip spent travelling around the Burren. Poulnabrone Dolmen has been dated to the Neolithic period, between 4200 and 2900 BC and when excavated was found to have the remains of over 16 adults and children, plus other grave goods including pottery, ornaments, stone axe and other personal ornaments.

It’s a very impressive tomb, almost 6 feet or 2 metres in height today, but thought to possibly have been much taller when originally built. I can’t even imagine how they got the portal stone to sit on top of it’s supports back then and the fact that it is still standing today is a testament to those people.

Poulnabrone translates from ‘Poll na mBrón’ or ‘the hole of the sorrows’.

Puffin on a Perch | Saltee Islands, Wexford

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A summer visitor, the puffin comes inland only during breeding season, using burrows and cliff faces for their nests. They will even evict rabbits (no shortage of these on the Saltee Islands!). When these little guys want to move, they can fly at speeds of up to 55 miles an hour (88 kmph), often with a mouth full of sand eel for their dinner.

Crash landing | Saltee Islands, Wexford

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The gannet colony on the Saltee Islands is a pretty incredible place. Space is at a premium, each bird sits atop their nest and at this time of year each nest has an egg or a little chick inside to protect. Landings are spectacular – a dive bomb land on whatever/whoever – it doesn’t really matter. A scrap generally breaks out, followed by a little bit of loving from their partner. Then it happens all over again!

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