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Bealtaine Blues
07-MAY-2010

Bealtaine Blues

May, or Bealtaine as it's called in Irish, should be one of my favourite months.
The days are longer, the weather is warming up, the birds are singing and flowers
are blooming, all in all, making it a perfect month for getting out and about
taking photographs.
But, and it's a big but, it's also the month that my hay fever kicks in. I'm not
quite sure what it is I'm allergic to although I've long suspected that it's pollen
from hawthorn, but whatever it is, May is a month of misery for me. I know
hay fever is not life threatening but it casts a blight on my life and those around
be as I moan and grumble.
A wuzzy head that feels like it's enduring the morning after the night before even
if it isn't, sore throat, sore ears, a red nose, and shivers all make me miserable and
miserable to be around.
I came home from town today armed with 40Euros worth of pills and potions in
the hope that they will help me survive the month. And should I win the Lotto
tomorrow, I'll be on the first plane out of here to somewhere that hawthorn
doesn't grow!

Nikon D90
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Carol Breton09-May-2010 15:07
Marvelous composition and color! ~
LynnH09-May-2010 01:13
Crazy explosion of blue bells! V+ I hope your allergies are past soon. I just finished mine. Tree pollen makes me miserable. Take care.
Stephanie08-May-2010 11:31
Beautiful!!! V
I sympathise with your allergy suffering ~ I suffer too..... :(
Neal Nye08-May-2010 11:22
I think it's a common malady that a lot of us share. But it's worth it, I think, to see beauty such as you have captured here.
Alan K08-May-2010 08:42
This is very, very good; colour mix, depths, cropping... has it all.
I've been spared hayfever as such though the humidity of summer seems to cause havoc with my nasal systems (especially when trying to sleep) so I can sympathise.
heather08-May-2010 07:01
Fabulous bluebells! So sorry to hear about your allergy Mairead.. lets hope the month passes quickly for you. V
Patricia Kay08-May-2010 06:51
Beautiful bluebells Mairead....Sorry to hear about the allergies...You have my deepest sympathy as i suffer too...not hay fever but food...BV
Colin Storey08-May-2010 05:47
Wonderful image, hope the hay fever does not get you too much. v
lou_rozensteins08-May-2010 03:56
Here, the jasmine would probably get you in spring!
We are in our best month too ...... late autumn ....... not cold, but crisper and clearer!
I love these blue flowers and I like that you have filled the frame with them.
Frank Brault08-May-2010 03:35
A marvelous and beautiful image. V Hope you get through the hay fever with as little suffering as possible.
pkocinski07-May-2010 23:07
This is a gorgeous image with nice deep color. I know the feeling of pollen bothering you.
Tomasz Dziubinski - Photography07-May-2010 22:34
Superb, Vote :)
laine07-May-2010 21:39
No Hawthorn here...come on down!! Only not in Spring our Wattle will do the same to you :))
No jokes about it...I don't suffer myself but know how debilitating sinus & such can be
Walter O. Koenig07-May-2010 21:33
Beautiful image with these lovely colors. Very nice focus too. "V"
I don't believe hawthorn grows here, so you can visit us if you win the Lotto. :)
slhoornstra07-May-2010 21:02
Harebells? One of the sweetest sights of Spring. I can't grow them here. A lovely capture. V
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