Each and every plant, rock, root and creek left me in an elated stupor. First, I decided to hike around the river stream that lead to Lough Nahanagan (a small lake) and ogle at every lucid change in the landscape. There are endless differences in Ireland’s terra and mire compared to where I grew up in the American midwest.
Following the path that bypassed the fascinating valley cemetery, I meandered through the crowd of tourists examining the Round Tower and Saint Kevin’s Church. While the ruins are definitely interesting, I couldn’t help but feel a natural allure towards the scenery of the valley. What draws me in may simply be the glamour from afar but it’s beauty is so very complex. The entire expanse radiates the characteristic charm that Ireland has to offer with its unique landscape of rolling hills, peat bogs, marshy prairies and moss-covered rocks. My particular favorite highlights of Glendalough’s landscape is its lush beauty of winding vines, rock formations and colorful marshy outcrops throughout the streams.
(Photo by © Brandon Elijah Scott / Eye & Pen)