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Monday morning from the mountain lane ( Images and a Poem by : Douglas Fraser – 1968 )

The mountain Lane, GlenPatrick , County Waterford, Irish Landscape Photography : Nigel Borrington

The mountain Lane,
GlenPatrick , County Waterford,
Irish Landscape Photography : Nigel Borrington

Monday morning and what better way to start a new week than a walk through the hills above the town of Clonmel , county Tipperary.

This old walk goes over the foot hills just below the Comeragh mountains and into county Waterford and offers some of the best views in the South of Ireland, I share some of it here with one of my most loved Mountain Poems by Douglas Fraser, written in 1968.

Freedom of the Hills

By: Douglas Fraser – 1968

Mine is the freedom of the tranquil hills
When vagrant breezes bend the sinewy grass,
While sunshine on the widespread landscape spills
And light as down the fleet cloud-shadowed pass.

Mine, still, that freedom when the storm-clouds race,
Cracking their whips against defiant crags
And mists swirl boiling up from inky space
To vanish on the instant, torn to rags.

Snow and mist in the Mountains.

When winter grips the mountains in a vice,
Silently stifling with its pall of snow,
Checking the streams, draping the rocks in ice,
Still to their mantled summits I would go.

Sun-drenched, I sense the message they impart;
Storm-lashed, I hear it sing through every vein;
Among the snows it whispers to my heart
“Here is your freedom. Taste – and come again.”


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13 responses

  1. Thanks. Very evocative – images and words. My dad was from Kilsheelan outside Clonmel so this is all very nostalgic for me. regards thom

    October 20, 2014 at 11:09 am

    • Hello Tom 🙂

      Pleasure to Share , Love this area very much !!!

      Thank you and very pleased you enjoyed 🙂 🙂

      October 20, 2014 at 11:15 am

  2. Here is freedom indeed.

    October 20, 2014 at 12:11 pm

  3. Yes, freedom :). Gorgeous scenery, Nigel, and a lovely poem.

    Thank you 🙂 :).

    October 20, 2014 at 12:41 pm

    • Hello Sharon 🙂

      Thank you , very pleased you enjoyed this post 🙂 🙂

      October 20, 2014 at 10:10 pm

  4. I would so enjoy walking there…

    October 20, 2014 at 12:47 pm

  5. Lovely, Nigel. Thank you.

    October 20, 2014 at 1:11 pm

    • Hello 🙂 🙂

      Thank you , a pleasure to Share 🙂 🙂

      October 20, 2014 at 10:12 pm

      • So glad you did! 🙂

        October 21, 2014 at 2:40 am

  6. On the way to Cork, too many years ago, I had gone through Tipperary County… Ireland has always been in my heart, for sure I have lived there in previous lives. Perhaps because of this, many characters or settings of my novels are Irish! 🙂 Peaceful day

    October 21, 2014 at 7:10 am

  7. I love the light in your pictures. Everything is fresh after the rain. Lovely landscape and photos ❤

    October 22, 2014 at 9:39 pm

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