|The rainbow that wished me farewell on the ferry from Aran|
Synge used to walk and cycle around Wicklow. Synge's walks in these areas, and the people he encountered, inspired the plots and characters of many of his plays (in addition to his time spent on Aran). In his Wicklow writings he mentions places such as Glenmalure, Sally Gap, and Rathdrum. I wasn't able to make it to all the places he talks about, but I did see enough of the area to get a good feel for it.
The Wicklow landscape is so different from Aran. Aran is bare, exposed, gray-brown-green, angry waves, and raw slabs of stone.
|Inishmaan, Aran Islands|
Wicklow is called "The Garden of Ireland," for good reason. Trees and bushes and ivy and grass and flowers abound.
|Golden field near Avondale, Rathdrum, County Wicklow|
The Wicklow mountain peaks scrape the clouds. The gaps between the mountains form secluded glens.
|Upper Lake in Wicklow National Park|
Wicklow is wooded, with green trees, carpets of grass and moss, and bubbling streams, and rolling fields.
|Trees, grass, moss galore! Wicklow, Ireland.|
|The Avonbeg River, flowing through Glenmalure, Wicklow, Ireland|
Considering where I was coming from, it was a real change for me, too.
Next time: more on Synge's plays that were inspired by Wicklow...