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If they can do this – You can achieve anything .

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Nikon D700, 50mm lens, iso 200
Two men walking the summit of Slievenamon, Co Tipperary
Landscape Photography : Nigel Borrington

Sometimes in life you cannot help but stop in order to admire the abilities that some people hold and have inside themselves.

Last week I came across two of those people and one of those moments. A couple of weeks ago I posted about slievenamon a local mountain that is located about 8km from our home, I wanted to produce a series of posts over time that cover the area of this mountain. I started this project by doing a walk to the top during the week and after sitting down for a little rest got out my camera to photograph the views below.

I had already quickly said hello to two other walkers sitting down on the cairn at the top but at that stage was just happy to find my own spot and get some energy back. As I started getting some images the two of them passed by me again and we started talking about the weather and the views, it was then for the first time I noticed that one of the walkers was blind and the other his friend was attached to him with a cord.

The walk up Slievenamon takes about two hours and uses a strait path up from the village of Killcash below, it’s not a simple walk its rocky and you have to keep your eyes open every step.

For every step these two took the leader had to pass on information about the conditions, rocky or if the ground was level, how close to the edge of the path they stood and if the ground was solid or likely to move under foot. A lot of the path can slip under foot as its just loose stone.

I don’t think I need to say to much about how this experience made me stop and think, Its just one of those moments you will never forget and I wanted to share it here as I think it could inspire anyone who thinks they cannot do something – We can do anything if we truly want to !!!

Gallery of images

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10 responses

  1. Hi Nigel, beautiful images as always but what a story! It’s difficult to imagine being blind in your own familiar surroundings but to hike up a mountain is truly inspiring. Live to the fullest and be grateful for every minute! Wonderful post NIgel πŸ™‚

    June 26, 2013 at 12:07 pm

    • Hello Sharon… πŸ™‚

      Thank you

      Absolutely Sharon, I just had to sit down when they had left my view. Just brilliant. I wanted to let him know that I felt what he was doing was more than normal and I think for himself it probably is !

      For most of us however people like himself, well what are we waiting for! we sometimes see the smallest things as reasons not to do something, but some see nothing as a reason and just get on up that mountain !

      June 26, 2013 at 12:25 pm

  2. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ Yes 100%

    June 26, 2013 at 12:27 pm

  3. Thanks for sharing, great inspiring commentary..MM

    June 26, 2013 at 12:28 pm

  4. Lovely message. πŸ™‚

    June 26, 2013 at 1:35 pm

  5. A good lesson of life, with great pictures πŸ™‚

    June 26, 2013 at 7:26 pm

  6. artscottnet

    Fantastic images with an inspirational story! Very thoughtful post, Nigel

    June 27, 2013 at 1:02 am

  7. poppytump

    Hello Nigel .. What trust there was between the two of those walkers . Not at all easy I’m sure we all know when a slip on scree stones or a twist or a rock that wobbles can be quite a heart lurching moment on a precarious long walk .
    Your thoughts at the end are so right . I need to take note πŸ˜‰

    June 27, 2013 at 8:06 am

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