Saturday, 6 August 2016

The Confluence Tree

To the rear of the dry docks at Shannon Harbour stands part of a bog oak tree on which has been inscribed with the names of three waters that join together at the western end of the harbour, hence the name of this blog.


The Confluence Tree



The three waters are :-
The River Shannon
The River Brosna
The Grand Canal

14 comments:

  1. Nice image! I like how they display the names of the rivers on the pieces of wood.

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  2. That is a beautiful thing!!! It looks like sculpture and makes a fine name for your blog, too.

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  3. Those pieces of wood were saplings five thousand years ago

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  4. Hi Mel - fantastic natural sculpture ... highlighting the Confluence of the three rivers - yes extraordinary that they were saplings 5,000 years ago ... Bog Oak - it is wondrous how long wood can be preserved in peat - and is always such a treasure to find by archaeologists - which we're learning more about now.

    Wonderful to see and to find out a little more - cheers Hilary

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    1. The term Bog Oak is a generality for all wood found in the bogs - which may be actually Oak, Pine or Yew and contrary to your studies the majority is found by the turf cutters.

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  5. What an interesting and beautiful thing it is :-) xx

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    1. Indeed it is wonderful what nature can do. We have several pieces here in the home - two long lengths of bog yew have been made into druid staves and a short length into a wand.

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  6. I have a small cross my brother brought back from Ireland many years ago - certainly before the war. It is wooden and also black - so your picture may well have solved the mystery - could it be bog oak?

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    1. It may very well be Pat, hard to know for certain without seeing the cross.

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  7. A fascinating piece of wood. I like the name too.

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  8. That is strangely beautiful xxx

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    1. Nature creates intricate shapes doesn't it.

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