A calm, still evening – with barely a breath of wind.

Lenses packed, rucksack on, tripod fastened, boots laced. Action stations!
A rare day in Wicklow, with little wind and no rain!
There were a few bright intervals, with partly cloudy skies – on which as a photographer, I tried to capitalise of course!
I had intended to climb Croaghanmoira (one of my many regular haunts) as I knew that at this time of year the heather on the mountain slopes becomes a rich, deep purple.
But alas! I planned my journey too early! The heather moorland I was expecting was not quite purple enough for my liking, yet.
I shall return!

It was necessary for me to take this hike slowly and purposefully. I was recovering from two earlier hikes this week when my brother came over to Ireland from the UK (I am English) and I wanted to show him some spots in Wicklow. A wicked case of shin splints/MTSS earlier in the week, but I have some methods which I employ to alleviate the pain from this to a certain degree. In a future post, I will detail my strategies for coping with lower leg injuries, I’ve sustained quite a collection over the years! I am trying desperately hard to make sure I have a case of each one, so I can complete the set, sort of like collecting medals, or Pokemon. Gotta catch ’em all :-D.
Walking downhill is a killer though!

Heather

Please feel free to comment and let me know your secret cures for lower leg injuries!
I’ve had more than a few! Please also check out my website for more of my work.

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11 thoughts on “Croaghanmoira Mountain evening hike

  1. I’ve had shin splints before. Also several sprains. The worst sprain happened after I fell down the stairs and tore ligaments, tendons and muscle. The orthopaedist said it would have been better if I’d broken my leg. That one took a year to heal. The only 2 things I’ve seen that help are a good ace bandage wrapped to support the weak area, and time.

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