The Emery Celtic Cross, Killea, County Donegal, Ireland
You would imagine that for an Irish landscape photographer, choosing a photo that represents ‘St Patrick’s Day’ would be a simple chore? Oh my was I wrong! As Ireland has so many beautiful locations that it was difficult to single out just one. In the end there was a photo that I believe suits best, the ‘Emery Celtic Cross’ as it does look like ‘St Patrick’ put his very own stamp on Ireland 🤴🏻🌲
This giant 100 meter long cross is now known as the ‘Emery Celtic Cross’ which is proudly named after its creator Liam Emery. Liam intelligently planted 2 different species of pine trees in the shape of this giant Celtic cross design 10 years ago in these woods of County Donegal. The reason being that the outer trees are evergreen and don’t drop their needles during Autumn but the trees used for the actual cross design are not evergreen & turn a golden colour right before they drop their needles for the cold seasons ahead.
After a decade of this forestry secretly growing all the same colour, it was only a few years ago that these trees finally matured enough to shed their needles during autumn. This hidden wonder became visible for the first time & the ‘Emery Celtic Cross’ was first sighted by local passenger plane pilots who believed it to be an actual miracle!
🍀🍺 Sláinte to all my family & friends! Have a Happy St. Patrick’s Day folks 🍻☘️