Wednesday, November 23, 2016
The Dark Hedges
This is an awful picture, but it is the only one I got. It is immensely difficult to get a picture of something close by when you are hurtling by in a bus... Throughout "The Troubles" in Northern Ireland to this day when there is peace, the curbs in the streets are painted red, white, and blue to represent their allegiance to England.
This is more than just mere decoration, during the times of "The Troubles" it gave visitors to Northern Ireland safety. If you needed Gas or a place to stop at night, it wasn't easy to simply stop in the next town if you were a Catholic traveling in Protestant Ireland. There were stories of people disappearing if they entered the wrong town. By painting the curbs, these visitors were warned that this was an extremely protestant town and they could keep going to a more peaceful town.
We could see the richness of the land as we drove by. Instead of rock walls, there were healthy hedges to mark boundaries, and the land was green and fertile with barely and rock in sight.
After all, I've been raving about the beautiful trees here, and this long line probably beat everything I've seen. (Probably.)
I just think the trees would have been even more magical, walking through them alone at sunrise or sunset in the mist. Or maybe that would have brought out their eerieness even more...