Fall In The Devil's Glen
Photographer: Mares, Frederick H
Medium: Photographic print
"This Glen is about a mile and a half in length, and watered by the Vartry, which forms a beautiful cascade at its upper extremity. The country above the waterfall is flat and dreary, and we can scarcely expect, in passing over it, to find such a romantic nook as that which we now refer to. The Glen is somewhat like the Dargle in appearance, but more picturesque - of a more sombre cast, and on a grander scale, the rocks in some places rising 600 feet above the stream. The pathway up the Glen follows the left bank of the stream, and the first halting-place is the Summerhouse, above which a series of steps lead up to a shelf of the rock where a fine view of the Glen is obtained. Here we are between two huge mountains - the precipitous sides of the one being covered with the finest forest trees, the greater number having been planted by the hand of Nature; but where she had manifested neglect or indifference, Art has acted as a skilful and judicious attendant, and provided a remedy for her omission. The other mountain is rugged and half-naked; huge masses of ucovered stone jutting out over the brawling river, into which they seem ready to fall, and where gigantic rocks have already striven to stay the onward progress of the wrathful current in vain."
Descriptive letterpress from the book 'Photographs of Co. Wicklow' by F H Mares