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The joy of nature

The following lines from Shakespeare seem appropriate at this worrying and unprecedented time when self-isolation and entire continents in lockdown seem our only defence against Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Diseases desperate grown
By desperate appliance are relieved,
Or not at all.
Shakespeare, Hamlet.

Disrupted routines can make the days seem long. But a walk by river, lake forest or sea, all of which we have on our doorstep, can bring joy and banish the fears for an hour or two.

Like the joy of seeing a beautiful double-rainbow over Enniscrone on Saturday evening.

William Wordsworth, in his poem ‘My heart leaps up’ (also known as The Rainbow), sums up the joy of seeing a rainbow; something, he observes, that stays with us from childhood to old age.

‘My heart leaps up’

My heart leaps up when I behold
A rainbow in the sky:
So was it when my life began;
So is it now I am a man;
So be it when I shall grow old,
Or let me die!
The Child is father of the Man;
And I could wish my days to be
Bound each to each by natural piety.

William Wordsworth

The image is a two-photo mobile phone panorama.

By Anthony Hickey

Follow writer and photographer, Anthony Hickey, as he travels around his native Co. Mayo, Ireland.