Mark and Fiona have lovingly created a path through the native woods to loop into some beautiful viewpoints and close access to the Devil's Chimney waterfall. There has been help from Leader and other sponsors and now this path is available to us public :-)
A motivation for this is that some scholars believe this is the waterfall Yeats was refering to in his Stolen Child poem, as when the waterfall arrives, it does gush with gusto!
Mark keep newly assembled a poster announcing we were coming along ...
There is also a request here to not dump our poultry here.
The afternoon was great though, dry, some sun came out, quite warm without being too hot and midges stayed away long enough.
Sile arrived a few minutes later then Laura and Mike greeted us in the car park.
If this car park is full during future meet ups we can shuttle people to and from a couple of small car parks towards the Glencar Falls.
Oh look, Giraffe Birch Trees :-) ...
First view is over Fiona and Mark's home ...
At this point I also put my Canon camera into full zoom, and look, there are people above the Devil's Chimney!
We keep trucking, and it's easier walking now and lots to see ...
From here we reached the first major viewpoint. Spectacular it is,
Glencar Lake view is a bit limited here ...
but the Devil's Chimney does look impressive ...
A nice shot of Fiona and Mark on tea break :-)
and this one of Dana and Sile ...
Meanwhile, Coleston had gone ahead of us and was carrying much of the picnic supplies, to a higher level. He was not aware we would stop here for a tea break. Eventually he smelled the tea, but alas also returned with picnic supplies that needed to go back up to the top ...
He was not happy on hearing the news it was all going back up again ..
Accompanying our tea was our Bardic Session of the afternoon. Mark read a lovely poem here ...
I asked the leaf whether it was frightened
because it was autumn
and the other leaves were falling.
The leaf told me, “No.
During the whole spring and summer
I was completely alive.
I worked hard to help nourish the tree,
and now much of me is in the tree.
I am not limited by this form.
I am also the whole tree,
and when I go back to the soil,
I will continue to nourish the tree.
So I don’t worry at all. As I leave this branch
and float to the ground,
I will wave to the tree and tell her,
‘I will see you again very soon.’”
That day there was a wind blowing
and, after a while, I saw the leaf leave the branch
and float down to the soil, dancing joyfully,
Because as it floated It saw itself already there in the tree.
It was so happy.
I bowed my head,
knowing that I have a lot to learn from the leaf
because it is not afraid.
It knew nothing can be born and nothing can die.
- Thich Nhat Hanh
After about 15 to 20 mins we were back on the trail, but a zoomed close up of the Devil's Chimney first. Hopefully, this shows off the beauty of the green growth here that is exposed without the waterfall running.
Now we were onto another step climb and this time the steps are a bit narrower, but accompanied with interesting tree scenes, including the fallen ones.
Here is one of the open views ...
After a good rest and picnic feast, some of us walked along a pretty extra spur ..
I returned here the following Saturday, 12th September, after a night of heavy rainfall. Indeed the Devil's Chimney waterfall was in full flow.
I was with Claire Roche, and Mark and Fiona met us near the start of the path route. Claire and Fiona talked quite a bit about donkeys for awhile. Mark walked with us to the top as he was clipping overgrowth on the pathways.
The afternoon was glorious, quite warm with quite a bit of sun shining through the clouds.
I will be adding more photos here of this return visit within a day or two ...