Preparations for Easter, and for Passover. In the northern hemisphere, the turning of seasons and changeable weather of springtime. Flowering of the earth after winter’s sleep. Allpart of the contrasts, changes, and celebrations in the spring time of the year.
Here’s a quiet moment of such contrasts, wild flowers and a stone wall neighboring each other in spring in Donegal, in the far northwest of Ireland.
In his song called The Wild Flowers John Spillane, who comes from Cork, further south in the island of Ireland, says
‘Twas the wild flowers I admired
Who never done nothing to you
But driven from the garden
wore their own colours in the spring
which is another thought on the contrasts of spring.
Look around you for wild flowers and for the contrasts spring brings to light as you travel through this season.
You may also wish to
Hear two rather different versions of John Spillane’s song from Spillane himself on his album Hey Dreamer
and from Cathie Ryan on her album The Farthest Wave
Learn about visiting Donegal
Consider the aspects of Donegal which form part of the Wild Atlantic Way.
Read about Letterkenny, a town in Ireland to which many guidebooks give little time. Learn about reasons you may wish to visit.
Consider a Christmastime encounter in Letterkenny in which I reflect on Ireland as a journey of trees.
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