Pictured here is one of the grave monuments in the cemetery at Skreen Church, on the top of the Hill of Skryne, Co Meath. The landscape beyond shows County Meath, known as the Royal County for it once being home to the High Kings of Ireland.
The church is sited prominently on top of the hill, visible for miles around and replaced an older church dedicated to St Columba. It is named after a shrine to the saint which once existed here.
Skreen was built in 1341 by a descendant of Hugh de Lacy of Skryne Castle. The Hill of Skryne is 500 feet in height, and with the western facing 100 foot high church tower, this historic site makes a dramatic impact on the surrounding landscape. The tower does in fact seem much taller than this if you stand in its shadow looking up at it. It is also clearly visible from many local roads and the M3 motorway.
The cross pictured here is relatively small at about 4 feet tall.
The tower of the church is in relatively good condition but the rest of the building is in total ruin with the south walls completely destroyed. There are however some excellent decorative windows and a fine arched doorway still intact, and the remains of a staircase which allows you to climb up onto the North Wall of the building for an even better view of the Meath countryside.
The cemetery is dotted with monuments in the overgrowth including normal crosses like the one pictured, Celtic crosses, table tombs and column monuments.
The hill of Skryne sits on the Tara - Skryne Valley, and is actually taller than its better known neighbor, the Hill of Tara, one time seat to the High King of ancient Ireland.
Thanks for looking!
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snunney (105437) 2013-10-20 8:38
Another very atmospheric image from you. The symmetrical framing works well with the stone cross highlighted against that lovely sunset. The tinges of blue peeking through the clouds contrast nicely with the golden tones below.
Indrasish (2943) 2013-10-20 9:22
Excellent capture..Wonderful composition and Just want to say excellent.. This one goes to my favourite.. I like the excellent light management.. Superb image quality and nice colors too.. Very well done my friend and thanks for attaching an interesting note too..
Good night and Best wishes from Kolkata..
carlo62 (54058) 2013-10-20 13:54
una composizione molto azzardata a causa del sole ancora forte, ma tutto sommato hai ottenuto un risultato di ottimo effetto scenico.
fabbs99 (17175) 2013-10-20 23:34
Brilliant shot of the Cross against the sun.Exceptional pov to get this special sillohuete effect.Very well done.TFS.
jhm (158820) 2013-10-21 3:03
We are almost against November 11 the great remembrance of WAR I, these picture is a good example to these festivities.
Nice contrast picture with the dark cross and the sun in background.
Excellent composition and good photo work.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice week,
mjw364 (1466) 2013-10-21 4:21
Great colours and light in this one - for me as a fan of Black Sabbath - it's more of a burning cross!
Great control of light and exposure.
pajaran (65002) 2013-10-21 6:09
Interesantan i dobar tekst o staroj crkvi, sa datim podacima ...
Lep pogled i trenutak ...
Dobra kompozicija, lepo pokazan krst i trenutak zalaska sunca.
Dobar trenutak snimka, kontrast, lepe boje.
Lepo popodne i sve najbolje u novoj nedelji koja je pocela, srecno.
Interesting and good article about the old church, with the given data ...
Nice view and a moment ...
Good composition, nice cross was shown, and the moment of sunset.
A good time recording, contrast, beautiful colors.
Nice afternoon and all the best in the new week that started, good luck.
SnapRJW (31629) 2013-10-21 7:23
Hello Noel - One of my lasting memories of Ireland will be churches and graveyards. It seems one cannot travel but a few miles and there is another one... not quite as plentiful as pubs but not far off! This is a wonderfully dramatic shot and I like your creative approach here. Really tricky light but I think you have done very well, perhaps a little more textural detail on the cross could be brought out in PP but that's not absolutely essential. Nice one. Warm regards Rosemary
Fis2 (105036) 2013-10-21 9:54
Good frame, colors and curious light.
I like it.
nikkitta (17068) 2013-10-21 16:12
Playing with light and contrast you obtained a personal image shooting against the sun
I like the more the higher part of sky and cross
jcpix (13930) 2013-10-21 19:16
Deception is a tool of the devil my friend, and isn't that completely against what were seeing here in reference to a religious symbol...hmmm?? :)
What a perspective...until I read your note, I would have sworn this was a LOT bigger in size. Were you on your stomach for this shot? Seriously, I'm loving the warped sense of scale from such a low point of view!
And then of course, there's the sunset colors...my oh my, you know how to catch 'em! :) The soft kiss of backlight on the grass at each side of the foundation gives this kind of a surreal visual, and a virtual mystical atmosphere to go along with it...so neat how it fades to complete back at the bottom of the frame.
I can't quite pinpoint the reasoning behind it, but this looks like a movie poster of sorts, something almost apocalyptic...and yet at the same time, very calm and reassuring. You have a treasure trove of subject material, and I for one, am happy to keep seeing and learning about these places from your country. Wonderful moment and vision to have put this all together at the right time, and in the right way! Enjoy the new day.
Cheers from the States,
mirosu (16273) 2013-10-21 22:04
Excellent exposing for the sky has nicely captured the colors of the sky and made a good silhouette of the cross. Well arranged in portrait format. Well done.
krzychu30 (15512) 2013-10-22 3:20
beautiful and very atmospheric scene!
Your POV,the proximity to the cross and above all this magical light as a backdrop makes the scene spectacular.It feels kind of mystic and mysterious when admiring your picture.
Beautiful and expressive composition,that works on our senses.
Wish You a nice day
omid266 (6750) 2013-10-22 20:44
In the name of God , Allah ,Our Lord ***
Beneficent , The Merciful ***************
Salam , Hi dear Noel ,
An Great picture you took and shares us ,
Let s Wish and Pray fpr PEACE and Best Ending for
our Lifes ! ***
Grant God !
Omid from I.R.I
danos (102452) 2013-10-23 3:01
well chosen the placement of the cross in front of the sun making the image so effective.The colour tints of the sky and the presentation are well captured.
Miguel82 (27718) 2013-10-23 4:04
It really looks like a landscape of video games Noel, good sunset picture with an orange light in the bg and shadow in the part of the cross, good view of the countryside and pastures, nice colors, all the best, good afternoon
Romano46 (18472) 2013-10-23 11:19
particolarmente bella questa ripresa senza confini.
La croce che domina una landa quasi desolata e inondata dalla bella luce del sole è superba nella sua imponenza che hai saputo evidenziare in maniera spettacolare rendendo grandioso ciò che in realtà forse non è.
Ma la parte più bella è rappresentata dalla semplicitù della composizione alla quale si unisce una luce divina, proprio quella che ci voleva per riprendere questo spettacolo.
Ciao e buona serata
Kugart (1778) 2013-10-23 15:23
Wow! What a shot. Something very ethereal about this with the silhouette of the cross in the foreground and the blazing light of the setting sun behind makes you think of a higher power. The colours in the sky are fantastic. A real gem Noel.
All the best
Sonata11 (33971) 2013-10-23 21:36
very beautiful composition wonderfully executed. Magnificent work. Beautiful light, colors, sharpness, clarity. Well done . Like it.
Best regards, Barbara
jemaflor (102159) 2013-10-25 3:56
Bien cadrée cette croix, bel effet avec ce contre jour parfaitement maîtrisé, joli résultat photo.
ourania (50541) 2013-10-25 9:10
you've rendered your theme as suggestive and dramatic as possible. Your picture is a creative and artistic way to describe this place and its mood. The detail you chose and placed right in the middle of the frame looks sufficient, so impressive as a heavy silhouette against the glowing light and rich colours of the sunset. You've managed lighting and contrasts effectively, the details and colours that stand out in the warmly lit haze are fine and attractive. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great evening,
abmdsudi (57176) 2013-10-25 10:07
Great colour and detail, a very imposing image. Not an easy image to capture I'd guess Noel, well done. The brightness is just right well exposed, its a wonderful image beautiful tones in the sky in particular the beautiful textures of warm and cool colours, that melting sun and the bold silhouetted cross. The sky is awesome! well done, TFS
siudzi (34141) 2013-10-26 9:24
You took this image with a really superb sense of the moment! The beautiful sky created absolutely unique background for your subject to make the scene so eye catching. Very well composed and executed pic. TFS!
Have a nice weekend!
adores (46329) 2013-10-29 16:57
You used the light very well to get a good composition. I like the atmosphere given by the cross facing the sunset and we can even see the details of it. A magical and well thought shot!
elenimavrandoni (0) 2014-06-02 22:18
...in memory of the loved ones...always on mind, always at heart and at the time of sunset a mystic whisper to let them know that they are not forgotten...til we meet again..
PS: the person on my last post is me who felt like a bird and thought that can fly over the mountain...
- Copyright: Noel Byrne (Noel_Byrne) (33416)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2012-09-12
- Categories: Ceremony, Architecture, Artwork, Ruins
- Camera: Canon EOS 60D
- Exposure: f/7.1, 1/125 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2013-10-20 8:33
- Favorites: 1 [view]