The 10 Trees crew have been traveling around Co. Clare, Co. Kerry and Co. Cork meeting interesting folks, meeting inspiring trees and drinking in the breathtaking scenery. It has been a packed schedule to say the least. Diana is catching her breath and preparing her next blog entry, so in the meantime, here is a sneak peak at what has been happening…
Diana was met by journalist Denise Woods in the middle of…the woods! Word of the crew being in Co. Clare spread fast and Clare FM interviewed Diana for their August 18, 2013 morning show.
Getting shots of the forest canopy in the Raheen Woods meant Jeff got to take a ride on the roof of the van. Our driver Dermot Buckley rigged up a platform for Jeff to sit on for his ride. Low hanging branches, particularly those of the prickly Holly tree, proved to be a challenge. Ouch.
Diana’s passion for native Irish trees brought us to film with this lovely Scots Pine. These trees were once widespread throughout Ireland, but are now less common having been replaced by the invasive and non-native Sitka Spruce. To learn about the Scots Pine and other trees native to Ireland click here
Carriganass Castle was once to home of Diana’s ancestors and a stronghold of ancient lore and culture for the Irish people. The remains of this structure was our location for an afternoon and we were met by a charming yellow Labrador Retriever who was not shy about wiggling her way in to the action. More information about the castle can be found here.
Andrew St. Ledger guided us through some rural and remote parts of Ireland rarely seen by visitors. His work with the Woodland League is dedicated to restoring Ireland’s great forests.
The Ballycrovane Stone in Co. Cork features an inscription written in the Ogham script, the ancient written language of the Irish people. This alphabet uses a native tree names to denote each individual letter.
Diana has often been known to remark that she would love to return to Ireland and own a little house someday. Sadly the owner of this one refused to sell.
Stay tuned for more 10 Trees updates! We have a few more days in Ireland before we head to Germany to shoot in the Black Forest.