Quiet Moments: Wild Flowers and a Wall

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.

wild flowers and wall donegal 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.

Learn what you may find in the far north of the county, on a drive in Inishowen.

Learn about
the band Altan, who have been taking Donegal’s music and stories to the world for more than three decades.

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