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Monday Mornings along the lane.

Tipperary Landscapes Nigel Borrington

Tipperary Landscapes
Nigel Borrington

Monday the 19th January 2015y

This Monday Morning was just amazing along the lane, a light covering of frost and snow still covered the mountain of Slievenamon, country Tipperary and I just wanted to share this image with you.

I often think this period of January is a little hard on people, the fun of Christmas has gone , the new year has well and truly started and yet the long dark nights are still here. Maybe one of the best ways to raise your spirits is to get outside and find somewhere with a view – like a park , mountains or rivers and take in the great weather this month can bring 🙂

A Monday morning in January !!!!


A morning walk in December.

December in Ballykeefe, County Kilkenny Irish Landscape Photography : Nigel Borrington

December in Ballykeefe, County Kilkenny
Irish Landscape Photography : Nigel Borrington

So far the early mornings this week, the first week of December 2014 have been perfect , bright clear blue sky’s, an overnight frost that has melted away by 9am leaving the fields and woodland paths very wet and damp.

One walk with molly I love doing on mornings like this is in Ballykeefe woods county Kilkenny, this is a circular walk around the nature reserve that slowly claiming to a viewing point at the top of the hill, the view here is just wonderful. There is a bench to sit on after the walk and the landscape views below are of all the farms between the these woods and the mountain of Slievenamon just across the county border from county Kilkenny and into county Tipperary.

The images below are from this walk and the last image shows the landscape views from the wooden bench at the top of the hill

A Morning in Ballykeffe woods 2

A Morning in Ballykeffe woods 5

A Morning in Ballykeffe woods

A Morning in Ballykeffe woods 4

A Morning in Ballykeffe woods 3


Clearing the Forests following Storm Darwin , a (Before and after) Gallery.

Breanomore forest, Slievenamon, county Tipperary. Landscape Photography : Nigel Borrington

Breanomore forest, Slievenamon, county Tipperary.
Landscape Photography : Nigel Borrington

On the 12th of February this year Ireland was hit by the remains of a hurricane given the name of Darwin, by the time it hit us it was down rated to a storm but its power was truly stunning.

Locally in counties Tipperary and Kilkenny there was a lot of damage to peoples property and farm building but the forests and their trees where the most affected. Irish Forestry lost almost one years worth of timber , the same amount that would have been harvested in 2014.

It is only in the last month that most of the local fallen trees have been removed, sadly however to do this it has meant clear felling very large areas of our local woodlands.

The images here where taken during the the year and include the after effects of the storm and then images of Forest workers during the process of clearing some one sq mile of Breanomore forest near the mountain of Slievenamon, County Tipperary.

The last set of images show how the forest looks now, a vast area has been cleared. The effects of Storm Darwin are still very clear even now in November and the work to remove damaged and fallen trees will continue for sometime to come.

A true reminder of the power of nature.

The results of the February storms

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KIlkenny Forests after Storm Darwin 05

KIlkenny Forests after Storm Darwin 09

KIlkenny Forests after Storm Darwin 07.

Forest workers clearing the trees

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Irish forester work 4

Irish forester work 5.

The Forest after being cleared

Remains of forest clearance 1

Remains of forest clearance 2

Remains of forest clearance 3


Monday Poetry , “Ulysses” By : Alfred Tennyson

A distant view of Slievenamon, County Tipperary, Ireland. Irish Landscape Photography : Nigel Borrington

A distant view of Slievenamon, County Tipperary, Ireland.
Irish Landscape Photography : Nigel Borrington

Sometimes walking around the counties of Kilkenny and Tipperary you get an overwhelming sense of history , old church yards with old graves, Monuments left by ancient peoples and their tribes.

Places left as a reminder of Leaders and Kings and people long past.

Places and people that could be contained in “Ulysses” a poem by Alfred Tennyson.

Ulysses

By : Alfred Tennyson

It little profits that an idle king,
By this still hearth, among these barren crags,
Matched with an agèd wife, I mete and dole
Unequal laws unto a savage race,
That hoard, and sleep, and feed, and know not me.

I cannot rest from travel: I will drink
Life to the lees: all times I have enjoyed
Greatly, have suffered greatly, both with those
That loved me, and alone; on shore, and when
Through scudding drifts the rainy Hyades
Vexed the dim sea: I am become a name;
For always roaming with a hungry heart
Much have I seen and known; cities of men
And manners, climates, councils, governments,
Myself not least, but honoured of them all;
And drunk delight of battle with my peers,
Far on the ringing plains of windy Troy.

Ulysses 3.

I am a part of all that I have met;
Yet all experience is an arch wherethrough
Gleams that untravelled world, whose margin fades
For ever and for ever when I move.
How dull it is to pause, to make an end,
To rust unburnished, not to shine in use!
As though to breathe were life. Life piled on life
Were all too little, and of one to me
Little remains: but every hour is saved
From that eternal silence, something more,
A bringer of new things; and vile it were
For some three suns to store and hoard myself,
And this grey spirit yearning in desire
To follow knowledge like a sinking star,
Beyond the utmost bound of human thought.

This my son, mine own Telemachus,
To whom I leave the sceptre and the isle—
Well-loved of me, discerning to fulfil
This labour, by slow prudence to make mild
A rugged people, and through soft degrees
Subdue them to the useful and the good.
Most blameless is he, centred in the sphere
Of common duties, decent not to fail
In offices of tenderness, and pay
Meet adoration to my household gods,
When I am gone. He works his work, I mine.

There lies the port; the vessel puffs her sail:
There gloom the dark broad seas. My mariners,
Souls that have toiled, and wrought, and thought
with me—

Ulysses 2.

That ever with a frolic welcome took
The thunder and the sunshine, and opposed
Free hearts, free foreheads—you and I are old;
Old age hath yet his honour and his toil;
Death closes all: but something ere the end,
Some work of noble note, may yet be done,
Not unbecoming men that strove with Gods.
The lights begin to twinkle from the rocks:
The long day wanes: the slow moon climbs: the deep
Moans round with many voices. Come, my friends,
‘Tis not too late to seek a newer world.
Push off, and sitting well in order smite
The sounding furrows; for my purpose holds
To sail beyond the sunset, and the baths
Of all the western stars, until I die.

Ulysses 4.

It may be that the gulfs will wash us down:
It may be we shall touch the Happy Isles,
And see the great Achilles, whom we knew
Though much is taken, much abides; and though
We are not now that strength which in old days
Moved earth and heaven; that which we are, we are;
One equal temper of heroic hearts,
Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will
To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.

Ulysses 5


Parascending from Slievenamon, county Tipperary : Image gallery

Parascending from Slievenamon, Tipperary. Photography : Nigel Borrington

Parascending from Slievenamon, Tipperary.
Photography : Nigel Borrington

You will often find people Parascending from the mountain of Slievenamon , county Tipperary. The mountain is located on the border between counties Kilkenny and Tipperary and offers great views of both.

Late one evening recently, I came across three people walking up and I walked along side them for a while as the carried their equipment to the top and then all took off at the same time, it was just amazing to stand and watch them as they circled around above then disappeared off into the distance some miles away.

Parascending from Slievenamon : Gallery

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Parascending from Slievenamon, Tipperary. Photography : Nigel Borrington

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Parascending from Slievenamon 1


The Autumnal equinox 2014 (Mabon)

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autumnal equinox 2014 over Slievenamon, County Tipperary
Irish Landscape Photography : Nigel Borrington

What is the autumnal equinox

Our year is divided into four season’s(Winter, Spring, Summer and Autumn), the starting date of these seasons is determined by the movement of the sun as our planet orbits around it with a little help by the tilt of the earth’s axis.

On the autumnal equinox, day and night are equally 12 hours long . As the Sun crosses the celestial equator going southward; it rises exactly due east and sets exactly due west.

From tomorrow we start the slow movement towards the winter season, marked my the shortest day , the 21st of December.

Autumnal equinox in the Pagan world.

The holiday of the autumnal equinox, Harvest Home, Mabon, the Feast of the Ingathering, Meán Fómhair or Alban Elfed (in Neo-Druid traditions), is a Pagan ritual of thanksgiving for the fruits of the earth and a recognition of the need to share them to secure the blessings of the Goddess and the God during the coming winter months.

The name Mabon was coined by Aidan Kelly around 1970 as a reference to Mabon ap Modron, a character from Welsh mythology. Among the sabbats, it is the second of the three Pagan harvest festivals, preceded by Lammas / Lughnasadh and followed by Samhain.

Ref : Wheel of the Year


Walkers on Slievenamon, County Tipperary

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Walkers on Slievenamon, County Tipperary
Landscape photography : Nigel Borrington

Walking up Slievenamon county Tipperary in the summer months is a very popular event for Walkers from both Ireland and International visitors alike.

The walk while steep and hard in places is of only medium difficulty compared to other Irish Mountains and offers some stunning views from the very start of the walk. These views offer a great visual relief as you make your way to the top, as a you have many chance’s to stop as little or often as you need in order to take in the wonderful landscape below. In total the walk takes about three hours up and down the mountain.

The Gallery below was taken during a walk up to the summit last Sunday (7th September 2014) during lunch time.

Walking up Slievenamon county Tipperary

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Walking on Slievenamon 03

Walking on Slievenamon 04

Walking on Slievenamon 05

Walking on Slievenamon 06

Walking on Slievenamon 07

Walking on Slievenamon 08


9 Images , As September calls on Slievenamon – Tipperary

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As September falls on Slievenamon,
County Tipperary
Irish Landscape Photography: Nigel Borrington

Yesterday I took sometime off a went for a long Walk around the Foot hills of Slievenamon, County Tipperary.

It was a wet and misty day with fog hugging the slopes and hanging above the rivers that flow at regular intervals from this mountain side. It felt like the Fall is very close and I cannot wait for the wonderful Browns and Golds to start. Heather and Bracken will soon turn golden brown along with the trees.

The great thing about this mountain is there is always something happening all the year around, maybe we will get some Snow again this year!

As September calls on Slievenamon – Tipperary – Gallery

September Gallery 1

September Gallery 2

September Gallery 3

September Gallery 5

September Gallery 6

September Gallery 7

September Gallery 8

September Gallery 9


A Poem : look up at the sky, By : Raj Arumugam

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The sky above Slievenamon, county Tipperary
Landscape Photography : Nigel Borrington

look up at the sky

Oh, do look up at the sky.

look up at the sky that stretches in all directions and wherever one may turn
look up at the sky all above and that falls beyond the end of the visible earth
look up at the sky that stretches beyond one’s vision and look beyond the sky into limitless space

See, time and care and the narrowness of one’s conditioning confine one and bends one’s mind – as one’s back is bent, and one’s neck is loaded down; and one’s eyes are fixed to the spotlight-defined meters as one stands one’s ground…Oh, but just look up at the sky

Look up at the sky 1

Look up at the sky in the day and see its deep blue
look up at the sky and see the clouds and the sun,
the brilliance and the lack of limits and confines
look up at the sky in the morning and see the sun rise,
behold its wonder and its colors

look up at the sky at twilight and look at it at night
with the moon and the stars and the infinite space that stretches beyond

Look up at the sky 2

look up at the sky and behold its wonders and splendour and its power
look up at the sky and the space beyond and behold its brilliance and limitlessness.

Oh, look up at the sky and the space beyond – and behold the limitlessness of the mind
behold there the infinite stretch of your mind,

behold the skies and space, and behold the power and glory and the unconfined,
unconditioned freedom and brilliance of your mind and your being,
of the unconfined mind and of unconditioned being…


Sunset over the mountain of Slievenamon , Star break and Poem.

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Sunset over slievenamon, County Tipperary
Landscape Photography : Nigel Borrington

Evening walks near the mountain of Slievenamon, county Tipperary can bring some great evening views, the sun sets right over the top on the mountain where there is a cairn, a burial place of a king dating back over six thousand year.

On one of these walks I was lucky enough to get these sunset images and I put some words to them in this poem:

Star break, a Poem

Behind the High cloud the sun is coiling and uncoiling
a dragon wrapped around itself spitting fire behind the mountain top

For a moment as I think of older days it is eclipsed entirely
aith a hidden God in the ground where six thousand years ago

A star fell from nowhere and lit up this very mountain’s top
turning westward by day, into oblivion leaving its mark.

Sunset over the moustain 2.

A king wise in these things called this a “star break”
and of no danger to the integrity of his vision

Star, soon the mountain will shrug you off you will drop below
the ragged edge line into tomorrow while I take the only path.

I came to find what I left, now ahead of me and waiting behind
a light of dawn, time of ages drifting through the night.

Me…..


Images from a field of blue bells – Poem : ‘The Bright Field’ by R. S. Thomas

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Our dog Molly, In the Blue bells field, Slievenamon, County Tipperary
Landscape Photography : Nigel Borrington

Located on the west slopes of Slievenamon , County Tipperary, is a small yet wonderful little field .

To reach it you have to walk some thirty minutes through wood-lands and up a mountain track, finally reaching a gate. The site that welcomes you in May is that of a field full of blue bells and an old derelict farm cottage. This cottage would be able to tell some amazing stories and if it only could!

Above the field are the mountain slopes that I am much more use to seeing, with mountain heather and scrub lands, streams and baths.

I have visited this field many times, its a great location during the summer and a wonderful escape and resting place after a walk to the top of the mountain.

I just wanted to share one of my most loved local locations here and also one of my most loved Poems by R. S. Thomas, which I feel is perfect for this post ….

The Bright Field

by R. S. Thomas

I have seen the sun break through
to illuminate a small field
for a while, and gone my way
and forgotten it. But that was the
pearl of great price, the one field that had
treasure in it. I realise now
that I must give all that I have
to possess it. Life is not hurrying

on to a receding future, nor hankering after
an imagined past. It is the turning
aside like Moses to the miracle
of the lit bush, to a brightness
that seemed as transitory as your youth
once, but is the eternity that awaits you.

The field a Gallery

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In the Blue bells field 4

In the Blue bells field 1

In the Blue bells field 2

In the Blue bells field 3

In the Blue bells field 5


Slievenamon on May mornings. Poem By : John Milton

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Fields around Slievenamon, early Morning mist
Landscape Photography : Nigel Borrington

On May mornings.

Poem By : John Milton

Now the bright morning Sun,
Comes dancing from the East.

leading with her the Flowers of May,
who from her green lap throws
The Cowslip, and the pale Primrose.

Hail bounteous May that dost inspire
Mirth and youth, and warm desire,
Woods and Groves, are of thy dressing,

Hill and valley, doth boast a blessing.

Thus we salute thee with our early Song,
And welcome you, and then wish you a so long.

A May Morning Gallery

A Morning in May 3

Woodland Sorrel 05

A Morning in May 2

Primrose 01

A view from the Irish hills 4

Finding the light 03

Morning light 3

Yellow Tutsan flowwers 1


Landscape and Geology around Slievenamon, county Tipperary

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Panoramic Landscape of Slievenamon, county Tipperary

Forty square miles around Slievenamon

The Mountain of Slievenamon is located about 10km from our home and over the last few years I have walked up and around the this mountain a lot.

It is an area I am very taken by and love exploring.

For anyone who has visited the mountain and surrounding area, something that you may not have noticed however it the complete scale and geology of the mountain. When you look at the area from a satellite image (Like the one below) the geology of the area becomes a bit clearer.

Slievenamon Panorama 2

To the left of the image above is the main mountain peek of Slievenamon, itself Rising up some 721m above the landscape below, however this is not the full extent of the mountain, spreading out towards the east and from the north and south of the mountain run two ridges of hills. These ridges them selves form an oval shape that meets some eight miles away from the mountain top.

Photographic project

Over the summer I want to record this complete area returning to the top of the mountain and then walking and recording as much of the ridge’s as possible.


History and Megalithic locations

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One of the main reason I have for starting this project on the blog, is that for sometime I have noticed that both at the very top of Sleivenamon and around the oval of the extended foot hills are many Megalithic sites ( Stone circles, Passage tombs, Graves and Standing stones).

I will come back to the satellite image above and mark the location of any landscape images I post.

Above all I just want to share the landscape that I live in and reflect upon some of its history and enjoy myself getting to know it as much as I can.

The Landscape of Slievenamon

Slievenamon April 2014

The Light through the clouds

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New years eve on the mountain 5

New years eve on the mountain 1

New years eve on the mountain 6


Freedom of the Hills, Poem by : Douglas Fraser – 1968

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Freedom On The foothills of Slievenamon, County Tipperary
Landscape Photography : Nigel Borrington

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 003.

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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Easter Sunday on the Mountain of Slievenamon

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Easter Sunday on Slievenamon, county Tipperary
Landscape Photography : Nigel Borrington

Happy Easter to everyone.

The great Easter holiday weather in our part of Ireland has finally broken with rain this evening for the first time in about two weeks, we had a wonderful morning however as the sky was blue and clear and the sun rise was wonderful.

One thing I love to do on an Easter Sunday is to get outside an experience our local landscape, This morning setting off to walk up Slievenamon our local mountain about 10km from home, many people had the same idea and it was great to meet and say hello to people doing their first big hill walk of the Summer.

The Images below I hope go a little way to sharing the landscape and views from this wonderful mountain, They include some images of the Burial cairn at the very summit of Slievenamon.

Happy Easter !!

Easter Sunday on SLievenamon : Gallery

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Easter Sunday on Slievenamon 06

Easter Sunday on Slievenamon 07

Easter Sunday on Slievenamon 01

Easter Sunday on Slievenamon 02

Easter Sunday on Slievenamon 03

Easter Sunday on Slievenamon 04


Monday Morning, The Motte at Slievenamon

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The Motte at Slievenamon , County Tipperary
Landscape Photography : Nigel Borrington

The Motte

This morning it felt like Spring for the first time here in Ireland, we have a good chance of a period of sunny days for the entire week and it was a wonderful Morning.

I took the chance to visits our nearest Mountain Slievenamon and walk around its lower paths and fields, one of these fields contains the remains of an old Norman Motte. From the top of which you get some wonderful views of the Landscape around this area.

A Motte is the foundations for a motte-and-bailey castle with consisted of a wooden or stone keep situated on a raised earthwork called a motte, accompanied by an enclosed courtyard, or bailey, surrounded by a protective ditch and palisade. These castles were built across northern Europe from the 10th century onwards, spreading from Normandy and Anjou in France, into the Holy Roman Empire in the 11th century. The Normans introduced the design into England and Wales following their invasion in 1066. Motte-and-bailey castles were adopted in Scotland and Ireland.

This is a location I will return to many times this year just to capture how the seasons effect the look of this wonderful setting.

Gallery

slievenamon Motte 1

slievenamon Motte 2

slievenamon Motte 4


Yesterday’s Sun and wind, a poem for the January sun.

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A view of Slievemamon, county Tipperary
Irish Landscape photography : Nigel Borrington

Yesterday’s Sun and wind

By : Ann Copland

She is the wind swift and pure
so rare to find her like this, still innocent
above a sunny afternoon far into tomorrow.

Yesterdays Sun 6.

The wind begins three Counties away
to cool the day, relieve us from the warming sun
Were you not sure she is real?

One day, you may see her, if you look
very close, spheres carry new molecules
Her breath is ice, you’ll feel it early maybe
just a brief gust before the temperatures drop

Yesterdays Sun 2.

Welcome on a January afternoon
by the time we see a branch sway
or a hat tumble, the freezing breath
has warmed to a gentle winter breeze
So much effort, the team who make nature

I’ll let the wind breathe

Yesterdays Sun 4


The last daylight, New Years Eve 2013 .

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New Years eve 2013, sunsets over Slievenamon, county Tipperary
Irish Landscape photography : Nigel Borrington

Happy New year everyone, I hope you all have a wonderful 2014 !!!

Nigel

The last Daylight of New Years even 2013

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The last light of 2013 2

The last light of 2013 1


2013, a year on the Mountain .

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Images of slievenamon 2013
Irish Landscape Photography : Nigel Borrington

During 2013 my post have covered many different locations and landscapes around Ireland and Europe, yet selecting the location for one of my final post of the year was very simple for me.

The landscape around the mountain of Slievenamon, County Tipperary is one of the most scenic in the south east of Ireland, it is very local to myself and I have taken many images during 2013 here.

So for my final Gallery I want to share some images of this wonderful location and I look forward to sharing much more in 2014.

Happy new year to everyone !!!

Slievenamon 2013 – Gallery

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New years eve on the mountain 3

New years eve on the mountain 4

New years eve on the mountain 5

New years eve on the mountain 1

New years eve on the mountain 7


Slievenamon

Slievenamon dawn
Early morning view of Slievenamon, county Tipperary
Irish Landscape photography, Nigel Borrington

Li Po – Alone Looking at The Mountain

All the birds have flown up and gone;
lonely clouds float leisurely by.
We never tire of looking at each other –
Only the mountain and I.


The old Mountains , Friday Phoetry.

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Fujufilm X100
Images from Slievenamon, Tipperary
Irish Landscape Photograhy : Nigel Borrington

The Old Mountains

by: Edwin Curran

The old mountains are tall, silent men
Standing with folded arms, looking over the world,
Lonesome and lofty in their manner.

The Old Mountains 2.

They have seen empires come and go,
Civilizations rise and fall,
Stars break on their breasts.

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They are full of history like great books,
And are merely the stone monuments that the kindly God
Built for the human race, to mark its grave tomorrow.

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Thank you to Elen Grey !, for suggesting I use the word “Phoetry” in my Poetry and Photography posts 🙂 🙂


Sunrise from the Mountains, By : Anna Katherine Green (1846-1935)

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Sigma x3 slr camera, 18-50mm f3.5 – f4.5 lens
Slievenamon, county Tipperary
Irish Landscape Photography : Nigel Borrington

Sunrise from the Mountains, By : Anna Katherine Green (1846-1935)

Hung thick with jets of burning gold, the sky
Crowns with its glorious dome the sleeping earth,
Illuminating hill and vale. O’erhead,
The nebulous splendor of the milky way
Stretches afar; while, crowding up the heavens,
The planets worship ‘fore the thrones of God,
Casting their crowns of gold beneath His feet.

It is a scene refulgent! and the very stars
Tremble above, as though the voice divine
Reverberated through the dread expanse.
But soft! a change!

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A timid creeping up of gray in east–
A loss of stars on the horizon’s verge–

Gray fades to pearl and spreads up zenithward,
The while a wind runs low from hill to hill,
As if to stir the birds awake, rouse up
The nodding trees, and draw off silence like
A garment from the drowsy earth. The heavens
Are full of points of light that go and come
And go, and leave a tender ashy sky.

The pearl has pushed its way to north and south,
Save where a line spun ‘tween two peaks at east,
Gleams like a cobweb silvered by the sun.

It grows–a gilded cable binding hill
To hill! it widens to a dazzling belt
Half circling earth, then stretches up on high–
A golden cloth laid down ‘fore kingly feet.

Thus spreads the light upon the heavens above,
While earth hails each advancing step, and lifts
Clear into view her rich empurpled hills,
To keep at even beauty with the sky.

The neutral tints are deeply saffroned now;
In streaks, auroral beams of colored light
Shoot up and play about the long straight clouds
And flood the earth in seas of crimson. Ah,
A thrill of light in serpentine, quick waves,
A stooping of the eager clouds, and lo,
Majestic, lordly, blinding bright, the sun
Spans the horizon with its rim of fire!


Images from a walk in the setting Autumn sun and a Poem by Rebecca Dobson .

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Nikon D700
Sleivenamon, country Tipperary
Under the setting Autumn sun
Irish Landscape photography : Nigel Borrington

On an Autumn evening as I was out walking with our dog , I watched the sunset over the mountaim of Slievenamon, county Tipperary in the distance.

My mind was clear as I was just enjoying the view.

I have been looking for a way to describe the feeling I had and found the following Poem .

The Aftermath

Rebecca Dobson

The final fragments of my shattered
mind slip into place
alongside
Random thoughts and jagged
edges

I disintegrate from the outside inwards
slightly blurred
edges
and I flutter inside
(excited child) , I feel hollow and empty and a
warmth, and my nose is raw
and crystals gather at my nostrils

Electric, almost static
I float and fumble
and agitations tickle my spine and my scalp
Sniff and cough, they grate against my brain
and scratch discomfort into my buzz;
I float on higher plane
and feel conscious, feel able.

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I talk with a wired mouth
and words are laborious and stick to my lips
Suspended in wakefulness I skip work
and relish in my openness of mind
and free thought
and I think I am happy


Slievenamon – Walking to the top.

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Nikon D7000, 18-200mm lens
The Walk up Slievenamon, County Tipperary
Irish landscape Photography : Nigel Borrington

The mountain of Slievenamon is about 15km from home, in Tipperary and just across the county border from county Kilkenny. Its Elevation is 721 meters and on a clear day offers good views of a large part of the south east of Ireland, including down to Hook-head on the Wexford coastline.

The pictures below are taken on a walk up to the top two weekends ago, it was a very foggy Sunday morning at the top as you can see. The mist only added to the wonderful feeling of being up there even though none of the best views where possible.

The Walk up Slievenamon a Gallery

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Walking up slievenamon 2

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