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22-JAN-2010

This lone hawthorn bush grows in a field near our house. Although it looks like a fairy tree its
survival owes more to chance than superstition. I have a notion that it may be all that survives
from a hedgerow that divided two fields or was piece of wood used for a fence which took
root. I never heard my parents, who were not generally superstitious people, say it was
a fairy bush.
My father was a great storyteller, bringing the Irish legends of Oisin, the Children of Lir and Cuchulainn to life.
As he told stories of the Tuatha Dé Danann, Tir na nOg (the Land of Youth) and the Great Cattle
Raid of Cooley, it seemed to me then that he believed in these mythical tales. I believed him too when
he recalled hearing the banshee crying one night before a neighbour died. That part of Irish culture which
once sat comfortably alongside religious devotion, is now gone.
The fog, which covered the land from dawn to dusk today, gave the hawthorn a somewhat
mystical appearance which made me think of fairy bushes, of how farmers were afraid
to cut them least the 'little people' who lived underneath them should seek their revenge.
Although I'm not at all superstitious I don't see any reason why this bush should be cut.

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Gretchen Caldwell18-Mar-2010 01:44
Fantastic and moody, LOVE it! :)
Inga Morozoff30-Jan-2010 02:02
~Bravo!
Marie-Claude Decelles27-Jan-2010 13:49
Absolument craquant et magnifique...Un vrai coup de coeur!BV!
lisamidi27-Jan-2010 12:49
Fabulous mood, love the composition and hues too!!! v
Barbara Heide26-Jan-2010 11:56
so lovely! v
Mary Terry26-Jan-2010 01:04
I love this one and the sepia tone works so perfectly. V
larose forest photos25-Jan-2010 02:34
Love the text as much as this super photo. The tales are familiar... the Tir na nOg, The great Cooley cattle raid! Wonderful stories! V
Neal Nye23-Jan-2010 12:07
A fascinating narrative and a wonderfully mysterious image.
Silvia Roitman23-Jan-2010 10:54
very nice!
heather23-Jan-2010 07:50
Beautiful atmospheric image. V
Stephanie23-Jan-2010 06:49
Cool, cool shot! :^)
Valene23-Jan-2010 06:43
Beautiful foggy image. V
lou_rozensteins23-Jan-2010 01:56
It's very beautiful, emerging from the fog. A great composition. Well done.
Nora van Beek23-Jan-2010 00:57
The fog really lends atmosphere to this scene and I love those sepia tones that remind me of an old photograph. The story was a fascinating read as well! ~V~
Colin Storey22-Jan-2010 23:18
Fantastic foggy image and a wonderful story with it. v
LynnH22-Jan-2010 23:15
I loved the story! Fond of fog and this is a nice one!
David Clunas22-Jan-2010 23:15
:)
J. Scott Coile22-Jan-2010 22:40
Magnificent!
tinkerb22-Jan-2010 22:29
Seriously mystical - great moody feel
Gerhard Ritsema22-Jan-2010 22:22
Lovely picture, mood, tones and story! V
Patricia Kay22-Jan-2010 22:20
Beautiful mystical image Mairead....I read a book about the tree people last year...it was very interesting and when walking down by the water last week taking shots.....I stood under a tree and a shower of snow covered me...it wasnt snowing and as i walked along bits of sticks and dry grass were falling from the sky...maybe it was a bird or????..BV
Blandine Mangin22-Jan-2010 22:10
a wonderful mood ! v
pkocinski22-Jan-2010 22:09
Lovely moody image!
Kevin Chester22-Jan-2010 21:48
Best leave it where it is if you ask me. I could read your stories for ever.
laine22-Jan-2010 21:40
We all need myths & legends in our lives...I would rather think this is a fairy tree !!
Máire Uí Mhaicín22-Jan-2010 21:32
An ideal image to create a proper mood for the telling of our myths and legends.
Michal Leszczynski22-Jan-2010 21:20
Very moody photo, beautiful composition with this alone tree and fog. V.
Johnny JAG22-Jan-2010 21:16
Lovely composition and mood.
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