The following post tells the story of the once (still?) famous Irish bog country, complementing my 2008 images from Ireland (on Flickr). The images below were taken of sections of the display at the Connemarra National Park visitor’s centre (the centre gives an insight into the park’s flora, fauna and geology as well as showing maps and various trails; bog biology and the video Man and the Landscape are particularly interesting).
The pictorial story told here is not just one of the nature of bogs but also one of human impact, past and present, and and its repercussions for the future of the peatlands. And sadly, most likely one of Ireland’s famous (and once infamous) landscapes is slowly dieing.
But bogs did not only provide challenges for humans; we also discovered them as a seemingly vast area of resources, especially for wood and peat.
Axe to split the bog logs
Peat cutting tools
A historical perspective on the boglands in Ireland:
And another sign of the relevance of the bog in Irish culture:
The future for the peatlands though looks grim, as these two maps show:
But of course: even National Parks are no guarantee anymore for the survival of the peatlands; global warming might be the final determinator.