If this description is for some people straight forward explanatory, for other is a puzzle. It’s a English translation of it’s original name Glendalough. Which is exactly what it says – glacier valley with two lakes.
Located just about one hour drive from Dublin, it’s deeply rooted in history. A site of early Christian monastery, place where St. Kevin spend his time in solitude. As his fellow followers in faith centuries ago, many landscape photographers made pilgrimage to capture the beauty of this truly magical place.
Best time to be here is autumn-winter. It has many benefits – sun rises a bit later, so no early wake ups, most of tourist are gone and then is main reason – the season of autumn. Trees are turning into colorful palete, with temperature drops there is a chance for morning mist lingering over the lakes, the light itself has nice soft tone and sun rises up in fashionably slow pace.
For first attempt to this place, most people will be heading for Upper Lake, as it shore provides wide sweeping view over lake, with steep cliffs on both sides and with a bit of luck some foreground interest, will it be driftwood or rocks. Often duck will be swimming on lake, casually take notice of that strange person with peculiar device standing on edge of water.
Even when the light is not at it’s best -sun being obscured by clouds, creating flat light, or thick mist covering almost everything, there is always an oportunity to capture the place in current condition. It’s a great for practicing Your photographic skills and patience.
After many visits over the years, I set myself on challenge – try to capture different views, not just repeat the same pattern. So, there were occasions when I made conscious decision to take only certain location or particular place or spot.
Often I ended with detail shots of water flow, leaves formation, moss on rock.
If You feel fit enough, there is also walk around the lake, which starts with steep climb, rewarded by view of whole valley bellow. The trip around Upper Lake will take just few hours in casual pace, with plenty photographic opportunities.
On the way around Upper Lake You will come across one of it’s tributaries – Poulanass river and waterfall. Actually, the roar of water is very prominent from far distance. There are viewing points along the way. Also, it’s not unusual to meet some locals – being roe deers, deers and mountain goats or just sheeps.
And if this place will not be enough, there are another great locations, not far from Glendalough, with equal photographic opportunities. Some of them are on way to GLendalough. But more of them some time later.