Whether you think spring has arrived depends on your species. In Connemara National Park on Sunday, in the shadow of Diamond Hill, the trail ponds swirled with frogs mating and spawning – the rain, fog and howling winds didn’t dampen their ardour one bit. It wasn’t quite so much fun for us humans, though we still had an enjoyable hike (ok, maybe it was more refreshing than enjoyable). The hike finished with a descent from Knockbrack, and the photo above shows the view that we would have got if the cloud had lifted. I took the picture a couple of weeks ago, when I scouted the route, and it shows the cairn on the top of Knockbrack in the foreground, Diamond Hill to the left and in the distance, Tully mountain.