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Glacier, A poem by Christos Andreas Kourtis Nov 30, 2013

Killary Harbour/An Caoláire Rua Irish Landscape  Nigel Borrington

Killary Harbour/An Caoláire Rua
Irish Landscape
Nigel Borrington

Killary Harbour/An Caoláire Rua is a fjord located in the west of Ireland in the heart of Connemara which forms a natural border between counties Galway and Mayo. It is 16 kilometres long and in the centre over 45 metres deep. It is one of three glacial fjards that exist in Ireland, the others being Lough Swilly and Carlingford Lough.[1]

On its northern shore lies the mountain of Mweelrea, Connacht’s highest mountain, rising to 814 metres. To the south rise the Maumturk Mountains and the Twelve Bens. The area contains some of Ireland’s most awe-inspiring and dramatic scenery.

I visit the Fjord back in January and captures these images, I felt that Christos Andreas Kourtis poem “Glacier” matched the amazing atmosphere here perfectly …..


Christos Andreas Kourtis
Nov 30, 2013

Killary Harbour Nigel Borrington 02

Slowly it slides on sub zero waters
trying to find a pathway to the sea
sheet of pure blue and heaven white
lumbers discreetly for aquiline is quite

From the top of the world
frozen fingers reach down
claws frantic on solid ground

No religion no sage
no saviour just age
and the relentless pull of gravity
will take it from mountain to the sea

This sculptress of valleys and dales
and fjords that can be seen for miles
travels without sound
onward bound

By Christos Andreas Kourtis

Killary Harbour Nigel Borrington 03

3 responses

  1. Especially like the photo where the light is catching the mountains. The poem certainly adds another dimension

    February 9, 2016 at 5:43 pm

    • Hello Diana 🙂

      Thank you , very pleased that you enjoyed the poem and images 🙂

      February 9, 2016 at 7:35 pm

  2. Wonderful Nigel – just love seeing the fjord, the colors are beautiful. Perfect pairing with the poem.

    February 9, 2016 at 11:31 pm

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