Walking With the Dead And Everyone Else At Glendalough

I didn’t want to get annoyed, but I was.

It wasn’t their fault – we were all there during high season, meaning people were everywhere. Lots and lots of people. And at a place like Glendalough, an Irish monastic settlement founded by St. Kevin in the 6th century – that also isn’t terribly big – it meant making good photographs was difficult.

So today’s photos aren’t my best. The second I’d get a clear shot of something interesting, a tourist – like me! I was also a tourist! – would wander into frame and botch it. Hence, I was annoyed, which was totally unfair because I was probably botching someone else’s image at the same time. 

Normally, it’s Sam that does this. He’ll want to be close to me so he’ll wander into the scene, and when he does, I say, Sam, get out of my shot! I wave my hands and he moves over. I make the image, he wanders back into frame, we’re all happy.

Of course, my fellow Glendalough tourists weren’t easygoing wonder-pups who couldn’t care less about the scenery, so admonishing and waving them out of frame wasn’t acceptable. But believe me, I thought about it.

Walking With the Dead And Everyone Else At Glendalough

The round tower of Glendalough in the distance. The photographers in the crowd queued up to get this shot, and no one walked into it, hurray!

Walking With the Dead And Everyone Else At Glendalough

Many of the headstones were leaning, and these made a nice frame for the ruins. And only a few tourists.

Walking With the Dead And Everyone Else At Glendalough

The headstone marker on the left lost its info about the deceased over time.

Walking With the Dead And Everyone Else At Glendalough

Water break.

Walking With the Dead And Everyone Else At Glendalough

This isn’t a great shot, but it took me ages to get it with only that many people in view.

Walking With the Dead And Everyone Else At Glendalough

Leaning in. And no people!

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6 Comments

  1. Ron Hagg April 27, 2017 at 8:44 am #

    very wonderful.
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    • deonne April 27, 2017 at 4:54 pm #

      Thanks so much, Ron!

  2. Elida Hanson-Finelli April 27, 2017 at 2:00 pm #

    Thanks …. Beautiful and inspiring! As always.

    • deonne April 27, 2017 at 4:55 pm #

      And thank you, as always, Elida!

  3. Sherry in MT May 2, 2017 at 5:31 pm #

    I love that first shot as well and makes you realize how old those headstones are when the carved words have weathered off. Loved the arches even with the people.

    • deonne May 3, 2017 at 7:33 am #

      Sherry – So glad you liked the images. It was a beautiful place, despite the unintended photo bombing, ha.

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