When son, Harry (now 20), suggests an impromtu excursion, I’m never able to resist. There’s always that little voice inside me that says: Make the most of the time that we can share. I also know, from experience, that these outings bring me to wild and wonderful places.
Yesterday, it was a trip up the glaciated Comeragh Mountains here in Co. Waterford to see one of the many lakes that shimmer majestically up there. Our destination, I was informed, was Coumshingaun Lake.
The air grew purer and purer as we climbed and, as my heart pounded, I envied the sure-footed fitness and balance of the curious sheep:
Just as we seemed to be reaching some kind of summit, dark clouds came sweeping round the mountains followed by ‘relief rain’ that hopped out of the mists of boring geography classes in the early 1970s.
There was sublime compensation for the total knicker-through drenching with the magical appearance of a rainbow bridging what seemed like the whole of Co. Waterford:
As we made our way up the mountain, I couldn’t but think of the song ‘The Climb,’ sung by Joe McElderry, which Harry and I often play in the car and which both of us have long found inspirational:
We stood in awe as Coumshingaun Lake came into sight beneath us and, yes, we agreed that we would come back soon and climb higher and higher so that we would get to see its wonder from all angles.
33 thoughts on “Climbing Co. Waterford”
How beautiful, Jean! And what a capture of the rainbow!
Thanks Sue. It was blindingly beautiful.
I can just imagine, Jean.
And, believe it or not there was another rainbow after a second shower. It wasn’t quite as full as the first but arguably brighter.
What a gift!
Wow that is some gorgeous scenery Jean. Amazing. How long a hike was it and how high were the mountains that you climbed?
Hi Paul, the hike was about 4 hours. One could go for days as the mountain range stretches for miles and miles. The part we did wasn’t very high in overall terms but there are some very steep, rocky climbs for advanced types.
You both must be very fit to climb this beautiful place. The views are spectacular.
Hi Joni, son is a fitness fanatic so I have to work hard to even creep after him!
Beautiful that you went out for a lovely outing with your boy!! I love the Joe McElderry’s The Climb a lovely song , here is my inspiring The climb music and video by my favourite Imogen Heap…. a beautiful story from her travels
Hi Willow, I agree that there’s something special going places with one’s grown up son.
Thanks for the lovely link.
Yes there is a deep bond
Deep, complex and muli-layered.
Yes very complex 🙂
Perfect rainbow … and so much more 😄
Hi Val, rainbows are perfection, now that you mention it.
Love these photos Jean, it looks like the two of you had a fun (and beautiful) adventure. That rainbow is stunning!
Thanks Jewels. It was a great outing.
Great photos and lovely energy in this post.
Thanks so much, Sandy.
Amazingly beautiful! And even more special with your son.
CC, yes being with son is the crucial bit really. He has a way of turning places to magic!
How beautiful Jean and what an amazing rainbow – I suspect this will be one of those excursions you’ll always remember.
Andrea, definitely an outing to remember and I think the rainbow sealed it for both of us.
What fantastic photos Jean, and proof that the sunny south-east can rival the west of Ireland for scenery. You’ll look back back on that day with happy memories.
Thanks Roy. Maybe proof, too, that it’s time for you to re-visit Co. Waterford????
Gorgeous photos! This hike had it all… even sheep! 🙂 ♥ ❤
Jackie, I don’t think I’ve ever seen whiter sheep than the ones up the mountain. They were like snow, especially those that were high up.
Oh Jean, sheep dreams to you… you are livin’ the life! I love pics of sheep and shared your lovely hike link on my blog’s fb page 🙂 ♥ ❤
How lovely, that purple heather grew on the hill that I lived on as a child, we knew that was the best spot for sliding down for some reason.
What great imagery in both word and photograph.