The young man sitting on the wall had had a public-transport-disappointment.
While I set up the tripod he was having a heated telephone discussion about whether the bus had failed to show-up or he had waited at the wrong place. “There was NO bus!”, he said and hung up.
The next town is about about three hours walk, over a not inconsiderable hill, and the next bus is tomorrow!
I made a mental note to offer him a lift and got on with shooting the panorama, but by the time I had finished and had everything packed away again he was gone!
The Glencolmcille valley is in the extreme South West corner of County Donegal. An outlying district in the Republic of Ireland’s outlying county. There is no passing traffic. It has hills at one end and sea at the other. He had good reason to look dejected.
It is within a Gaeltacht (that is one of Ireland’s regions where Irish Gaelic is the first language amongst the locals). Hence the signs are in Irish such as the one for “Malainn Bhig” (which is known as “Malin Beg” in English.)
For the visitors who come here to learn the Irish language that is not a problem. They can often be found between classes sitting outside “Biddy’s Crossroads Bar” on the opposite side of the junction.
Glencolmcille is a classic flat-floored glaciated valley. At the end where it opens to the Atlantic there is a gorgeous sandy beach. The hills on either side are much beloved by ramblers and hill-walkers.
This is part of my new postcard range. You can follow on to another gorgeous Very Ireland Post card .
This High Dynamic Range panorama was created by combining 27 separate digital photographs covering every angle and with bracketed exposure. Hence there is detail both in the most brightly lit areas and in the shadows.