Crow country

There is an undeniable sadness to Ireland.  The history of the country is mired in despair.  Littered across landscape are the ruins of celtic Christian abbeys,  Norman castles, famine houses abandoned in the 1840s and more recent homes left during times of trouble.

                   

I spent  the month of May, 2011 out in the desolate uplands that mark the border between County Kerry and County Cork.  Day after day crows swept across the windswept hills, their mournful, lonely cry echoing across the wilderness.  Photographing the landscape became a way for me to connect with the spirit of the place.

It is hard to describe how I felt during this time.  The landscape over there has a power, a potency and an energy  that speaks of ancient despair and grief but also of  something far deeper –there is a sense that the land is inhabited by a spirit as old as time – a vast and essentially unknowable spirit that transcends the limitations of human life spans.  The ancient goddess Sheela still lives amongst the craggy rocks and misty mountains. The plaintive cry of the crows wheeling in the wind echo her cry.

Historically Ireland is a place people leave.  This exodus continues today as the global economic crisis bites deeply into the Irish economy.  Young people leave for America and Australia  as soon they graduate.  Others wish they could go. My own daughter is among them.  Her vengeful ex-husband will not sign the papers for the children to come to Australia.

I pray for Ireland and all her people.

Advertisements

Published by

Suzanne

I'm an artist and a writer living by the coast in southern Oz.

5 thoughts on “Crow country”

  1. WOW! This is a stunning post Sue. Your photography and the lyricism, the sense of place and spirit touches me as it brings back so many memories of traveling in Ireland with Darryl in 2001.

  2. Hi Heather – thanks for your positive feedback. My favourite of the photos is the tree man – I didn’t see the face in the tree when I stood beside it but it revealed itself in the photo – quite amazing. I that particular photo will star in my art in future.

  3. Thank you so much for sharing your Irish experience with us all. Your pictures and narrative are nothing short of poetic. You have, I believe, captured the essence of the Irish landscape with all its tumultuous history.

    Vi

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s