Glendalough- 40 shades of green

They say Ireland has 40 shades of green.  Well, that is certainly true.  It’s not called “the emerald isle” for nothing!


I realized I never finished sharing with you all the photographs from my day trip to Glendalough.  This post focuses on the trees, lakes, and natural beauty of the area.


If you didn’t catch it, visit the first post about Glendalough by clicking here; featuring the monastery and graveyard area of St. Kevin.

The second post is here and explains a bit about the Irish round tower (which can also be seen in the photograph below:


Dogs will be shot- they scare the sheep.  Glendalough- Wicklow Mountains National Park in Ireland

The Irish round tower and the monastery site can be seen in the distance



A walk through 40 shades of green


I went on a small group half day tour; we had a nice time and a knowledgable guide.  The tour was through day tours unplugged. You can learn more by clicking here. I enjoy going on small group tours because I like getting to know the other people on the tour. A lot of the time, there are other single travelers and it’s nice for all of us to exchange travel stories and ideas of what to do next. One of the girls from this trip and I went out for dinner afterwards to the winding stair in Dublin- very good food!


One of the lovely things about this trip is that we actually had free time on our own to hike and visit whatever we wanted at our own pace, rather than following the guide the entire walk. The guide gave us a tour and great information when we were in the monastery, but then set us off on our own and just gave us a time by which to return.

Below are a few photographs through the greenery:

40 shades of green- Glendalough- Wicklow Mountains National Park in Ireland

I used this photograph when making the “turn people into trees” post:

Ram daas tree quote

Glendalough- Wicklow Mountains National Park in Ireland

waterfall in Glendalough- Wicklow Mountains National Park in Ireland

40 shades of green Glendalough- Wicklow Mountains National Park in Ireland

Glendalough- Wicklow Mountains National Park in Ireland

Glendalough- Wicklow Mountains National Park in Ireland




Upper Lake

Glendalough- Wicklow Mountains National Park in Ireland


Glendalough- Wicklow Mountains National Park in Ireland

I love this tree! 

Glendalough- Wicklow Mountains National Park in Ireland




Upper lake is where a scene from the movie PS I love you was filmed. You can see a fraction of the moment in the trailer below at 1:20




After the nice walk to upper lake, we had to make it back to the van in time to depart.  We wandered past a few fields of sheep…


Sheep! Glendalough- Wicklow Mountains National Park in Ireland


…and one very interesting sign …

Dogs will be shot- they scare the sheep.  Glendalough- Wicklow Mountains National Park in Ireland


Yes, this sign was serious. Do not be that tourist that brings your obnoxious, yippy dog around the sheep- it’s their home.




That’s all there is to see of Glendalough.  It was a lovely trip and I’m glad I made the last-minute decision to go!


I hope you’ve enjoyed exploring with me.  If you’d like to visit some other places with me, why not click one of the links below?

Isle of Skye, Scotland- a magical island

the Isle of Skye has oodles of cliffs!


Partnachklamm- a breathtaking gorge in Germany

beautiful partnachtklam



  • If you’d like to know more about any particular area, please let me know below.  I’ve traveled a lot, and if I have been there, I will expedite a post for you!
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Love a Tree Day!

Were you aware that “Love a Tree Day” is a national holiday?


hug a tree you treehugger

Photograph taken in Portugal outside of Monserrate Palace



Well, it is!  It occurs every April 16th.


If you wanted to celebrate, you could look into making your backyard a certified wildlife habitat!


Or just see what the National Wildlife Federation has as suggestions for how to celebrate Love a Tree Day.


Or, check out my tree-inspired photo gallery below (I love me some trees)


tree path

Path of trees in Switzerland


 redwood tree

Redwood tree in California


tree copenhagen

Tree in a park in Copenhagen, Denmark


sun through the tree

 Sunlight through the tree branches in Big Sur, CA



Bonzai trees at EPCOT during Disney’s Flower and Garden Festival.

Click here for a link to the post.


cool tree

Red River Gorge, KY on a climbing adventure…. I just loved how this tree bended itself around the rock.


~cool tree

 Funky tree in Glendalough, Ireland.  

Click here for the first post on Glendalough… there are more to come!


UT tree

Cool dead tree in Zion National Park, UT


trees berlin wall

A forest painted on the Berlin wall


awesome tree house Florida Everglades

Cool climbing tree in a hostel in the Florida Everglades.


trees portugal

Sunlight through the trees outside of Castelo dos Mouros in Portugal


fall foliage

Autumn colors on the trees in Germany.

Click here for the post about Partnachklamm, the gorge where this photo was taken.




Or, visit my page on ways to celebrate Earth Day

(since trees and the earth go hand in hand)

earth day



All of the photos above were taken by me (well, except for the photos with me IN them, of course) on one of my random adventures.

If you would like to know more about any of these adventures and see more photographs, feel free to contact me or write in the comments and I will expedite a post on the topic you request!



  • Do you have any fantastic tree quotes or photos?  Please share them below!
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Turn People into Trees

Ram daas tree quote



When you go out into the woods and you look at trees, you see all these different trees.
And some of them are bent, and some of them are straight,
and some of them are evergreens, and some of them are whatever.
And you look at the tree and you allow it.
You appreciate it.
You see why it is the way it is.
You sort of understand that it didn’t get enough light, and so it turned that way.
And you don’t get all emotional about it. You just allow it. You appreciate the tree.
The minute you get near humans, you lose all that.
And you are constantly saying “You’re too this, or I’m too this.”
That judging mind comes in.
And so I practice turning people into trees.
Which means appreciating them just the way they are.

- Ram Dass




I read this quote today and loved it so much I added it to a photograph for easy sharing.


So often we judge ourselves, each other, celebrities, people on the internet, friends, families, lovers, people we don’t even know, people we haven’t even ever seen in person….

Even just little judgements- on our own figure, on our friend’s nose, on our family member’s way of talking, on some celebrity’s kiss…. whether the judgement be “good” or “bad”…. they’re unnecessary and unhelpful to us as people, as humans, as spiritual beings.

Just let them be. Allow them to be.

Sometimes I just need a reminder of that, and assuming I’m not the only one in this boat, I wanted to share the love with all of you.


Thank you for being.






The quote is from Ram Dass, an American contemporary spiritual teacher.


To see the full context and some more insight, click here.


The photograph was taken by me in Glendalough, in Wicklow Mountains National Park, Ireland.  Click here to read the first post about Glendalough (and know there are more to come eventually).



  • Practice turning people into trees- which means appreciating them just the way they are.
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