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Winter in Ireland is normally a mellow affair. A scarf and a pair of wellington boots usually does the trick.
The moderate temperatures are a result of the warmer ocean water of the Gulf Stream pushing north past the North Atlantic West coast and its extension, the North Atlantic Drift.

A typical Irish winter tends to be foggy, dull and damp but still green, albeit a little jaded.

Ireland with its typical winter coat.

Ireland and the UK, January 7, 2010

My trip home this winter, however, wielded a very different picture, its winter greens were a decidedly different shade of white. Read the rest of this entry »