The Upper Lake
Photographer: Hudson, John
Medium: Photographic print
"The wild grandeur of the Upper Lake strikes the observer on first beholding it with feelings of awe and admiration. Perfectly distinct in the character of its romantic scenery from that of the Torc and Lower Lake, it combines many of the softer beauties of wood and water with all the stern sublimity of mountain scenery in a surpassing degree - every variety of landscape that can delight the eye or gratify the imagination. Embosomed amidst majestic mountains, whose fantastic summits seem to pierce the sky, the Lake appears to be land-locked. On the south side lie the Derricunnecbeg Mountain ranges; and on the left the lofty Reeks, the Purple Mountains, and the Gap of Dunloe are seen in the distance.
This mountain cincture imparts to the Upper Lake an air of solitary beauty and intensity of interest not to be found to the same extent in either of the other Lakes. Nature here sits in lonely and silent grandeur amidst her primeval mountains; solitude, stillness the most profound, rest upon the woody shores and the tranquil Lake, filling and overpowering the mind with a deep sense of the perfect seclusion of the scene. At various points bright mountain streams may be seen pouring down the glens and deep ravines - now leaping from rock to rock, and flashing like living silver in the broad sunlight; now glittering in the shade of the dark foliage, till they are lost in the shining waters of the broad Lake. A number of islets, of the most picturesque form, are scattered over its surface; some masses of naked rock, others, on the contrary, redundant of vegetation, producing river shrubs and plants in the wildest profusion."
Descriptive letterpress from the book 'Photographs of Killarney' by J Hudson