Irish myth abounds with stories of leprechauns, those tiny elfish creatures known for playing mischievous pranks and hiding their gold coins in a pot at the end of the rainbow. According to Irish lore, if you’re lucky enough to catch one of these sprites, the leprechaun must grant you three wishes. No wonder then that my sainted mother had high hopes of doing just that on her one trip to Ireland.
Finally, nearing the end of her stay with nary a fairy in sight, she expressed her exasperation to the tour guide. “I haven’t seen one of your so-called leprechauns once on this trip!” to which the guide replied in the lilt of his Irish brogue: “Yeah, well, keep on having another drink and you will.” Ah . . . So that’s the secret.
Well, I have yet to visit Ireland or catch sight of a leprechaun myself, but how can I let St. Patrick’s Day slip away without posting a few photos of rainbows? In an earlier post, I shared photos of rainbows taken on my cruise expeditions and visit to Ecuador. For now, I’ll have to make due with the following shots taken inside St. John the Divine on my visit to New York City last Fall.
May today bring you a wee bit of magic and mischief – and may there always be a pot o’ gold at the end of your rainbows, Wanderboomers!