I went out to the Hazel Wood...

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Where: Sligo, Ireland

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When: 01 January 1890

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This restful spot is Hazelwood, near Sligo Town, inspiration for The Song of Wandering Aengus by W.B. Yeats:
"I went out to the hazel wood,
Because a fire was in my head,
And cut and peeled a hazel wand,
And hooked a berry to a thread."

Date: Circa 1890

NLI Ref.: L_ROY_03292


Owner: National Library of Ireland on The Commons
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    • 05/Jan/2012 09:23:18

    I love this one, such a tranquil scene and so very atmospheric. The two waiting to go out fishing, the long well constructed rowing boats their rowlocks standing out clearly and refelectd in the still water, the little steam pinnace all covered up for the weather and the clarity of the whole thing? This is outstanding! I was wondering if the shade above the stack on the steam boat was early smoke but it is in fact nicely situated weed in the background! Another beauty NLI, so very well chosen to begin our day with!

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    Yaroslav Gerzhedovich

    • 05/Jan/2012 09:59:34

    Splendor of horizontal lines...

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 05/Jan/2012 10:22:27

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] Beautifully put!

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    Sarah K Mc

    • 05/Jan/2012 10:56:11

    I wonder is the island behind the Lake Isle of Inishfree? :)

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 05/Jan/2012 14:17:55

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/sarahkmc Well it's on Lough Gill somewhere...

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    D J McLaughlin

    • 05/Jan/2012 14:54:22

    Beauty and peace !

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    Gerard Knight

    • 05/Jan/2012 15:13:18

    Beautiful image

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 05/Jan/2012 15:22:08

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/mcwidi_2 http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] Thank you both! Good to start a new year in tranquil fashion...

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    Nick Stewart2

    • 05/Jan/2012 20:03:20

    Stunning for such an old image.

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    Infonomx.com (www.infonomx.com)

    • 06/Jan/2012 01:50:06

    Someone as prominent as Yeats is deserving of an update to his inspiration, so I give you: http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/6644522359/in/photostream which I hope meets with your approval.

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 06/Jan/2012 09:43:00

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] Absolutely! And have we inherited a migrant from the Library of Congress as well (the chap off in the distance)?

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    Infonomx.com (www.infonomx.com)

    • 06/Jan/2012 12:10:09

    Yes, the migrant, and to your credit that you have recognized such, since no other has. Here is the original that you are no doubt familiar: http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/6646505731/in/photostream

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    Robin Grotke

    • 06/Jan/2012 16:11:16

    What a lovely image!

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    G Luff

    • 07/Jan/2012 02:06:30

    such a great shot.

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    Spidra Webster

    • 09/Feb/2012 23:00:24

    A heavily Irish neighborhood in Pittsburgh where my grandfather grew up was/is called Hazelwood. I wonder if this was the inspiration?

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    Oscar the emigrant

    • 10/Feb/2012 23:25:32

    Looks like quite an unusual boat second from front there, staggered oarlocks on her. Have never seen that before ... esp considering the one in the immediate foreground is very similar but hasn't got it's oarlocks staggered?

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    • 05/Sep/2013 16:57:14

    beautiful "punto boat"...beautiful photo

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    Niall McAuley

    • 09/Apr/2019 05:09:22

    Google maps link.