Mood Swings

It has been a day of many moods in and around Tramore today as Storm Frank passed through after a night of torrential rain and howling winds.

Morning brought high tide and mountainous waves:

The Promenade, Tramore, Co. Waterford
The Promenade, Tramore, Co. Waterford

The Pier was barely recognisable:

The Pier, Tramore, Co. Waterford
The Pier, Tramore, Co. Waterford

Blue appeared and I had to chase it out the road to foamy Annestown Beach:

Annestown Beach, Co. Waterford
Annestown Beach, Co. Waterford

Roads and fields were flooded and my running place, The Anne Valley Trail, was out of bounds:

The Anne Valley Trail, Dunhill, Co. Waterford
The Anne Valley Trail, Dunhill, Co. Waterford

Dunhill Castle, high up on its hill, was probably the driest place in Co. Waterford. It has seen centuries of storms and floods and looked truly noble today:

Dunhill Castle, Co. Waterford
Dunhill Castle, Co. Waterford

This was the view from the window on the left on the wall facing us:

View from Dunhill Castle towards Annestown, Co. Waterford
View from Dunhill Castle towards Annestown, Co. Waterford

Garrarus Beach was pretty tossed up but had lots of new colourful rocks that had been unearthed by the storm.

New Rock at Garrarus Beach, Co. Waterford
New Rock at Garrarus Beach, Co. Waterford

And, as evening was falling, the sea was still wild and stirred up but it felt like everything was okay with the our little part of the world again:

Garrarus Beach, Co. Waterford
Garrarus Beach, Co. Waterford

All the while thoughts of the the old year and the new year were on my mind and this gate seemed to symbolise so much about closings and openings; endings and beginnings …..

Time's Gate
Time’s Gate

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I am a sociologist and writer from Ireland. I have worked as a social researcher for 30 years and have had a lifelong passion for writing. My main research interests relate to health care and I love to write both non-fiction and poetry.

29 thoughts on “Mood Swings”

  1. Yes…you were on my mind this morning when the news item on floods in England mentioned that Ireland had also been affected…I love thephotos an in particular that last one of the gate…have we been through it or are we walking up to it I wonder…it is lovely and sunny here with 25degrees C expected so it is warming up again. The surf coast down in Victoria is bracing themselves again for big bushfires…such a big country this and the weather is different everywhere…we also have flooding at the top end….Happy New Year and look after yourselves:)

  2. Like Natures’ cleansing for the New Year…very beautiful pictures showing all aspects of the storm from raging to peaceful..

      1. Some parts of the US are having their problems with very severe flooding, tornadoes..we’re at natures mercy…We here in the Northeast have been fortunate as far as the weather is concerned…

  3. Stunning photographs! We went for a photo shoot early in the morning, before the storm hit the shore. My friend and I met in Bunmahon and took some photos. I didn’t feel well and went home at about 10-11. The sea was rough, but still Ok to compare with what you saw in Tramore 🙂 Do you know Paddy Tubbritt? He lives in Tramore, a landscape photographer. He posted similar pictures of The Promenade taken the same evening.

      1. Staying at home these days, have to go to Clonmel next week, afraid of the floods. My heart goes out for all those poor people whose households have been destroyed 😦

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