This photograph is taken from near the top of The
Rime. This is a hill about of 300 or 400 feet high. It is mostly made of slate. I do not
know where the name came from. That it is an old English word meaning frost throws no
light on why this place was so named. It may have been an English phonetic spelling of a
Gaelic word. Locals refer to this place as if it were all a single word; "Drime"
The photograph is taken into the setting sun,
looking towards Mt. Leinster. Mount Leinster is almost hidden by the tree. The more
visible mountain is The Black Rock Mountain. On the left of the photo smoke rises from
burning heather. This is a deliberate fire started by the hill sheep farmers to encourage
new succulent growth for their sheep to feed on.
This slate quarry hasn't been in commercial
production for over a century. Because of this there is an abundance of wildlife there.
Some of the holes left from the excavations could be looked on by some as ugly, but I have
always viewed it as a place of wonder and danger. When there, it is hard not to think of
the people who worked there and wonder what life must have been like for them.