Mizen Magic 5: Top 14 Pics of 2015

Crookhaven in winter sunlight

Crookhaven in low winter sunlight

You love the Mizen! That’s all we can conclude when we look at which of our Facebook photographs resonated most with our readers and followers this year.

Cairn on Dunlough Head, looking east along the Mizen and Dunmanus Bay

Cairn on Dunlough Head, looking east along the Mizen and Dunmanus Bay

We post a couple of photographs each week on our Facebook page and we are always delighted when they are liked and shared. The vast majority of these images are from West Cork, and many are from our own Peninsula, the Mizen.

The tiny quay at Greenmount, outside Ballydehob. You pass this on the Rossbrin Loop Trail.

The tiny quay at Greenmount, outside Ballydehob. You pass this on the Rossbrin Loop Trail

So, as we look back over 2015, here are your top picks from the Mizen Peninsula, beginning with the most liked/shared. Next week, we will post the top West Cork (non-Mizen) Facebook photographs.

Near Dunlough Bay, on the way to Three Castle Head

Near Dunlough Bay, on the way to Three Castle Head

Not much text to plough through this week. Consider that your Christmas present from us!

Goleen Village looks so colourful and inviting in the summer

Goleen Village looks so colourful and inviting in the summer

There’s nothing we like better than wandering around West Cork with our cameras – it’s an endless feast. Enjoy – and tell us which is your personal favourite!

The famous 12 Arch Bridge at Ballydehob

The famous 12 Arch Bridge at Ballydehob

The Magnificent Mizen!

The Magnificent Mizen!

The Winding Road...the Cappaghglass high road in autumn

The Winding Road…the Cappaghglass high road in autumn

We saw these Jacob sheep on the slopes of Mount Corrin

We saw these Jacob sheep on the slopes of Mount Corrin

Sun and shadow - the quintessential West Cork lighting conditions

Sun and shadow – the quintessential West Cork lighting conditions

Farmhouses in the shadow of Mount Gabriel

Farmhouses in the shadow of Mount Gabriel

Ballydehob Bay. This one was taken close to the same place as The Winding Road, but facing the opposite direction, towards Foilnamuck

Ballydehob Bay. This one was taken close to the same place as The Winding Road, but facing the opposite direction, towards Foilnamuck

The North Side of the Mizen - so beautiful and so few people

The North Side of the Mizen – so beautiful and so few people

The Three Castles, from the lake

The Three Castles, from the lake. No Mizen post would be complete without at least one view of this iconic place

11 thoughts

  1. Great photographs! Even the sheep look particularly intelligent. You are lucky to live in such a beautiful place. Thank you Finola and Robert for your engaging and uplifting blogs!

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  2. A lovely collection that brings back the flavour of my recent visit. Many thanks for the aide-memoir..
    Wishing you both a nourishing Solstice holiday.
    Johnxx

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  3. It seems that the camera is intoxicated by the Mizen. It doesn’t matter which we it looks their is something stunning to picture. Just returned from a short break in West Cork and these photographs create such longing to return. Soon.

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  4. Great pics which remind us all of the incredibly beauty all around us here, which is actually enhanced by the best oh human intervention but of course threatened by the worst of it. we need to keep faith with that “ancient energy” which E J Carr correctly refers to – my little attempt at that yesterday was 4 hours of collecting plastic rubbish washed up on the shoreline all round the fringes of Rossbrin Cove. Some years ago a diving friend told me that off Mizen Head it looks like a plastic bag motorway down there, for all its magnificent beauty on the surface view !
    Final thought for 2015 – think you could bundle a lot of the Journal (text and pics) into a printed book, a portrait of the Mizen, West Cork, way of life, past and present, etc – would make a nice treasury/memento/gift book – maybe you aleady have this in mind ??

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  5. I had the joy of looking across Dunmanus Bay everyday for 3 years and watching the character of The Mizen change by then hour. The winter Solstice to the Spring Equinox…… watching the sun from late November roll across the upper edge of the peninsula , rarely rising above the peaks. Evenings the Sun and the Gorse fires would meld into a burning melody of intensity. Fire,earth,ancient energy.

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