Ireland – Mountain Peats


On my first full day in Ireland, I miscalculated the timing (time zones suck) and went out on a countryside tour. While I feel bad about how long it took and how I kept my friends waiting for me to return, I got to see so many neat things.

This is a photo of a peat bog … that’s on top of a mountain (or what passes for a mountain outside of Dublin). It’s basically 3-6 meters of peat that just absorbs the rain and slowly releases it like a sponge throughout the day. It’s the Irish equivalent of the icecap, except that like everything in Ireland, it’s green.