This is the Matrimonial Tree. It is an ancient Donegal custom that when a couple were engaged, two trees would be grown side by side. When the couple were married, the trees would be grafted together. The trees would grow together, but also retain their own characteristics, some would say quite symbolic of marriage. It is said that if a couple walk through the arch holding hands, then their love will last forever.
This sculpture is by Cod Steaks and stands on the bridge over the River Finn, between the twin towns of Stranorlar and Ballybofey and it also symbolises the close relationship these two towns have.
My suggested soundtrack is He Moved Through The Fair by Sinead OConnor
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lousat (77810) 2013-11-01 3:50
Ciao Lisa,adesso vedo una gran foto,quella che avevi messo lasciava a desiderare,ma questa è davvero perfetta,un simbolo delle tradizioni irlandesi che non conoscevo,ma quando poi divorziano,le piante le tagliano? Eheheh...buon weekend,Luciano
timecapturer (49286) 2013-11-01 4:00
what a beautiful sentiment and fascinating sculpture to celebrate this ideal. Captured imaginatively and presented so spectacularly. Original and compelling imagery!
Have a great weekend - Brian.
my two trees blew over some time ago......;-P
mesutilgim (85454) 2013-11-01 4:19
Very nice capture of this nice artwork in a nice warm golden light.
TFS and have a nice weekend
mirosu (14532) 2013-11-01 4:20
You have captured this interesting Matrimonial Tree monument (?) from excellent low angle viewpoint with superb details. The side light is also very good and the vertical composition perfect.
Many thanks for your comments to my latest night photo. I'm aware of ISO sensitivity problems. I made similar photo fro different POV at ISO 100. I was surprised that there was not major noise difference, so I selected this one which I've taken from (IMO) from best POV. After reading your comments I've compared both once more, I can't recognize any substantial difference. Nikon D600 is a full format camera and ISO in range of 5000 is usually not a major problem. May be the noise was created by transmission to TE or other factors. If you are interested I can send you both photos. But anyhow I appreciate your professional comments very much.
Wish you a very nice weekend.
Romano46 (18466) 2013-11-01 5:05
la classe non si inventa. Quando si ha viene fuori prepotente senza mezze misure.
In questa c'è tutta la tua classe sia nel gusto compositivo che nella tecnica, sempre perfetta anche quando la luce non abbonda ed i tempi sono lunghi.
Ciao e buon fine settimana
Sergiom (61172) 2013-11-01 5:37
Very nice story. Looks like two hands holding together. The long exposure gives nice effetx with the moving cars in the background.The sky is superb.
Have a nice day
krzychu30 (15498) 2013-11-01 8:02
beautiful and intriguing looking sculpture,that takes on a new,fascinating look during "blue hour".
Really love the combination of blue sky and artificial,yellow lights(the traffic traces are also a magnificent bonus for us).
Wish You a nice weekend
olive224 (2719) 2013-11-01 9:44
A very attractive thumbnail and a great shot
Gold tones are stunning
You disposed of the street light in hiding it very cleverly behind the sculpture.
Well done !
Royaldevon (30237) 2013-11-01 9:52
Ciao Cara Lisa,
I have never heard of this tradition, despite the fact that I have stayed in Donegal! It is very symbolic of marriage. But I did raise a smile with the names 'Cod Steak' and 'River Finn'; a fishy connection!
The blue hour shot, with slow shutter speed, has picked out the texture of the sculpture quite beautifully, as it twirls and twists into the night sky.
I wonder who made the hand prints!
Have a lovely w/e,
brianmcc (6181) 2013-11-01 12:07
great note to accompany the picture. i've also clicked on the link and have sinead playing in the background, so i've got the full experience going on here. i love the colours in this picture with the artificial lighting and the blue hour sky combining (a bit like the trees) to create this lovely image.
ChrisJ (99304) 2013-11-01 15:16
A difficult shot to get and I see you've skilfully hidden 2 streetlights behind the sculpture to minimise glare and oe. Wonderful warm cold color contrasts between the blue and gold with superb sharpness and framing. A wonderful tradition and hope there is some truth in it, even if it only appears symbolic at first glance. Tfs!
carlo62 (33803) 2013-11-01 15:56
Ciao Lisuccia cara
una simboligia che unisce uomo e donna, ma anche una città all'altra, direi che è ben rappresentata da questa scultura.
La foto è molto bella e la tua bravura lo dimostra molto bene.
ourania (32127) 2013-11-01 15:56
Hello dear Lisa,
a fine and joyful night shot, an interesting and atmospheric presentation of this artwork. I like very much how you placed it in the immediate foreground and how it expands and rises in the vertical frame. It's roundness and plasticity are delightful and I love the play of light, shadow, warm and grey tones all over it. It's funny and sweet to see how it stands out next to the real trees. You've made the most of the artificial lighting rendering rich yellow tones that contrast with the magnificent blue of the sky. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely weekend,
photoray (12507) 2013-11-01 18:26
Strong symbolism of matrimony in golden tones enhanced by your night time vision, and I like the hand prints to give it the human touch.
We have a botanical park in central California where the trees were grafted and inter twined together creating some unusual shapes.
jjcordier (76858) 2013-11-01 23:12
Une remarquable photo nocturne de cette statue. Belle maîtrise de la lumière, POV original et très belles couleurs.
SnapRJW (31469) 2013-11-02 1:45
What a lovely tradition Lisa, a romantic and highly symbolic idea and the sculpture makes a marvelous local subject. I wonder if newly married or engaged couples pose for photographs here? The golden tones and deep blue sky make a wonderful pairing and you have captured the evening ambiance well. I'm intrigued by the pair of hand-prints on the stylised trees. Have a good weekend and warm wishes. Rosemary
ikeharel (58231) 2013-11-02 1:49
A corrected repost of the interesting sculpture, and this time the headlight of the coming cars not disturb the fine view, Lisa.
Illuminated golden metal in superb contrast against the darkening sky.
Have a lovely weekend,
ktanska (24926) 2013-11-02 9:16
Again a quite educations shot and note. Big and impressive sculpture shot on a good light. Star shapes of those lights under that arch catch attention nicely.
Noel_Byrne (24852) 2013-11-02 10:15
I thought I had seen this before, my brother took some shots of this, but under totally different light (it was grey sky) but you have really given it a new view to me! The golden light from the long exposure is really stunning, and its a fascinating subject and sculpture. Is Cod Steaks really the guys name? Wow...
Beautiful gold and blue hour sky, this is a stunner. Cheers for the note too, I think I might start a charter bus bringing couples here as a marriage counseling service!
All the best
Didi (57256) 2013-11-02 10:31
Une coutume très intéressante
Je note un bon contrôle de l'exposition à l'heure bleue
Va bene :)
macjake (57074) 2013-11-02 12:45
hmmm.....whats with all the sculptures in Irealand! Seems like there are so many sculpture photos on TE from that wonderful land.
Is everyone there an artist? lol
I don't envy you with this subject/composition, i'm not sure what you could have done to avoid all the bg elements, its impossible!
cool post, and maybe the first time this paticular sculpture has been shown on TE?
cool post, certainly a cultural image thats totally suited here.
I gotta like Noel's idea, lets start it up! lol
Oh yeah, i almost forgot, great to see you using a tripod over the 20sec. Unless of course your forehead is really something out of this world!
take it easy :)
gus72 (3719) 2013-11-02 16:33
Ciao Lisa !!
I think that the artificial lights from the traffic nearby have made a superb contribution to this sculpture, they have created shades & bright spots..... so it is more dynamic........ just an opinion.
I really like the upper section of the sculpture.
You chose the best POV..... so the image is very impressive.
Un abrazo cariñoso.
abmdsudi (43718) 2013-11-02 20:44
Perhaps only keen eyes can recognise this potential - a fine artwork of unusual union of the two- showing your diversity and vision of such a strange looking but delicately sculptured with subtle aspects to it. The golden tone of the copper work seems to match warm glow of the night and i love the fact that this strikingly set off the dark sky extremely well.
But you are at the right spot, close and low to exploit the best viewing point to record their intimate moment! Its so unique and so much to look at in superb detail, loads of charm in excellent depth and symmetry all really so pleasing. Clarity is superb, pin sharp, I think you must be over the moon with this composition, exposure can pose a problem in situation like this but you manage it well for it looks so balanced and the perspective & pov make this couple look bigger. This is a fine image, a well thought out shot braving the element and real cool!! Well done. TFS