Thursday 25 June 2015

The Burren in Spring by Martin Critchley

"From the Irish 'Boíreann' meaning a rocky place, the rolling hills of the Burren are composed of limestone pavements criss-crossed and gouged by fissures called grykes, leaving clints - raised, slab-like flat areas. The limestone, laid down in a shallow tropical sea in the Lower Carboniferous some 350 million years ago, has been shaped by episodes of glaciation, most recently during the last Ice Age. Covering roughly 360 square kilometres, parts of this karst landscape lie in one of Ireland's six national parks. The Burren boasts the most extensive area of limestone pavement in Europe, harbours a unique floral diversity with Arctic, Mediterranean and Alpine flowers blooming side by side, and is one of the finest examples of a glacio-karst landscape in the world.

We consider the Burren in County Clare, to be Ireland's most unusual, striking and memorable landscape. It is our favourite part of this island. Featuring panoramas, time-lapse and medium close-up shots of the various flowers, our footage, to make the fourth in our 'Wild Ireland' series, was captured in 4K over three visits from early-May to mid-June, when the flora is at its very best. Enjoy!" Posted on Youtube on the 21st of June 2015 by martin critchley.

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