This is a picture of the "Yellow Steeple" in the town of Trim, County Meath. This is the bell tower of St Mary's abbey, and is the only remaining part of the historic site.
A monastery and church was founded at Trim at a very early date, some believe it was St Patrick who founded it and then left it in the care of St Loman. During the 12th century the church here was burned down many times and it was eventually refounded as St Marys abbey.
The abbey was home to a wooden statue known as Our Lady of Trim, which was reported to work miracles. This statue being housed here made Trim a major pilgrimmage site from 1397 onwards.
During the reformation, this beloved statue was burned and the king of England Henry VIII dissolved the abbey. The ruin we see today is the only remaining part of this once important religious site.
The tower gets its name from the way it reflects the sun at certain times of day, and as the sun sets, the whole tower turns a beautiful golden yellow colour.
Positioned as it is on a hill, it is visible from most parts of the town of Trim. Although it is hard to guage its size, the tower is actually the tallest building in County Meath. It would be about the height of a modern 7 or 8 story building. The large window with the stone tracery gives the effect of the tower being shorter than it actually is, but that window is huge.
Thanks for looking!
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omid266 (6372) 2014-01-26 8:40
** Salam Noel **
Thank you for sharing this work with us ,
This old and historic tower ,
Nice captured in sunset ,
Thank you friend for sharing this nice photo with us ,
** God and Peace for you **
Omid - I.R.IR
SnapRJW (31623) 2014-01-26 9:03
Hello Noel - The empty windows make a terrific feature in the silhouetted tower. I think of them as eyes, unseeing now perhaps but at one time witnessing the best and worst of mankind. I like the juxtaposition of the ancient and clearly more modern here, together they chart the changes in Ireland's long history. Nicely composed with the sky making a, attractive BG. Have a good week. Rosemary
jhm (142067) 2014-01-26 9:50
You create a completely contrast picture with the tower and house as great subject
Great composition, wonderful captured, splendid nature picture.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice evening,
willperrett (7688) 2014-01-26 9:51
Looks pretty black to me! But the silhouette against the setting sun works a treat and is really quite dramatic. What's more you haven't fallen into the trap, as so many on this site do, of squeezing as much colour out of the sunset as possible and making it look like a Disney cartoon! So thanks for that.
cornejo (34088) 2014-01-26 10:56
Hi Noel, very good picture of this interesting backlit, beautifully captured in this beautiful image with good sharpness, light and color. Very good and interesting job well done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this beautiful work.
Good evening and happy start to the week.
Best wishes from southern Spain.
Schnappilic (9690) 2014-01-26 11:39
Interesting idea to present us nice silhouettes and beautiful sky in background. I like the result!
tatadalou (6749) 2014-01-26 13:02
Nice backlight on this old tower. The sky looks so "expressive". Excellent sharpness.
carlo62 (36247) 2014-01-26 13:58
la silhouette è molto bella e ci permette di immaginare come fosse questo luogo quando era stato costruito, la mancanza della luce non distrae lo sguardo dell'osservatore.
Un bello scatto, carico di mistero.
jjcordier (77870) 2014-01-26 22:00
Un bel effet silhouette avec un ciel original en arrière-plan.
emka (82718) 2014-01-26 23:48
hello Noel, Big woow, the empty windows of this ruined tower and the silhouette of other house look so dramatic against the interesting sky. Amazing colours of sky, not as usual fire-like. Gorgeous composition.
WArm regrads Malgo
Subhogen (4067) 2014-01-27 1:07
Great composition in silhouette. The remains of the tower against the setting sun is definitely the most eye-catching part of this photo. The view of sky through that window is priceless. I would have loved to see a little more details on that tower, but here going with the mood and atmosphere of this shot your presentation is just perfect. The sky and the cloud formations provide for a very attractive BG. Excellent photo, very well done. Thanks for sharing.
rigoletto (34269) 2014-01-27 1:08
hi noel. ok, war is war, reformation is reformation and someone can burn down a church during a war or a reformation. but why would they burn it down many times, i am curious. 12th century must be a party time in ireland :) again you are the romantic noel, not spooky as the place suggests, but meticulously making use of the fading sun. elegant silhouette compo for sure.
Kamilutka (8103) 2014-01-27 1:49
the tower although slightly ruined look very good as a dark foreground for this sunset. The colors of the sky are very beautiful and the setting they make is the real strength of this image. It is nice that the tower is counterbalanced by the house and some trees which fill up the left part of the picture.
Romano46 (18472) 2014-01-27 2:09
l'immagine è molto suggestiva e la composizione perfetta.
Hai saputo gestire in maniera perfetta una luce molto difficile ricavandone una ottima silhouettedella torre senza per questo perdere i magnifici dettagli del cielo che assume un ruolo importante nella fotografia.
Ciao e buona settimana
timecapturer (49288) 2014-01-27 4:07
this fascinated me even viewed as a t/nail. It has a strange and haunting presence about it, and that is down to the imaginative and accomplished way you have composed and captured this. I love the silhouettes here but most of all the arched window in the tower. Stunning imagery! Love it!
Have a good week - B.
Fis2 (88087) 2014-01-27 4:15
Interesting POV and composition.
Excellent contrast and colors.
Photo has climate.
Have a nice afternoon
snunney (87420) 2014-01-27 5:19
Superb capture this! The moody backlighting is most appropriate to the subject. The tower is well positioned off-centre and is nicely counterbalanced by the house off to the left. Excellent colours and clarity.
Gigidusud (17327) 2014-01-27 6:31
Beautiful composition at sunset. I like the bell tower silhouette on the fantastic sky. Well done!
Have a nice week my friend!
aleXundar (1256) 2014-01-27 8:51
Excellent composition with the silhouetted one-eyed tower against a dramatic background. Wonderful atmosphere. Another superb shot with a very good note.
With best regards,
Royaldevon (31893) 2014-01-27 14:00
Evening shots, with the strong contrast between silhouettes and twilight skies, can be very evocative. You have composed this really well, the tall, imposing tower strongly positioned and made extra interesting by its 'empty' windows.
The strength of the tower does not take complete attention away from the other silhouettes which all add to the link with the setting sun.
I wish I could paint a sky as attractive as this; it has an amazing cloud pattern with soft, warming colours.
My kind regards,
Ha! Ha! Noel, I can imagine you with a super strength telescope, on the harbour at Dublin, trying to get a glimpse of South Stacks Lighthouse! You never know what technological apparatus may come onto the market!!!!
krzychu30 (15510) 2014-01-27 14:38
wow,beautiful subject and really excellent work with available light.The sky is magnificent-its colors ranging from warm,golden tones till blue make the scene unique and so moody.And one small detail-this empy window-it looks simply marvelous!
pajaran (53749) 2014-01-27 21:52
Interesantan tekst o mestu i tornju, sa istorijom i opisom ...
Dobar trenutak snimka i kontrast, lepo pokazan trenutak i stari toranj, lepe boje.
Dobar rad, lepo ulovljen trenutak.
Ostala je rusevina i secanje.
Imajte lep i uspesan dan, sve najbolje.
An interesting article about the place and the tower, with a history and description of the ...
Good time recording and contrast nicely shown the moment the old tower, beautiful colors.
Good work, beautiful captured moments.
Remained ruins and memories.
Have a nice and successful day, all the best.
nikkitta (15824) 2014-01-28 12:46
Like this kind of contrast capture where the black silhouettes are in great contrast with the sky, here is particularly atractive the tower with the remains of the window at the top
Very well done, congrats
delpeoples (54189) 2014-01-30 4:22
Gidday dear Noel
Well my eyesight is pretty bad, but I reckon that there tower is black, not yellow ;) Either way, it's a very attractive composition, with a beautiful pastel sky contrasting so nicely with the silhouette. And of course the Tower shines as the star of the show. I think I've heard of Our Lady of Trim, interesting that this is her home.
Well done, thanks for sharing, have a beautiful day
PS: Hope the new job's going well
Silvio1953 (127002) 2014-02-01 11:02
Ciao Noel, fascinating composition with fantastic silhoettes, superb cky, splendid light and wonderful colors, very well done my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio
mkamionka (31527) 2014-02-01 11:05
I remember well this silhouette, you have captured it beautifully set against a fantastic sky.
I like also the window behind which we can spot the sky.
mjw364 (7512) 2014-02-07 5:42
Nice shot against the light with a good colour palette in the sky which is very attractive and warm to my eye. Not an easy shot to take since the bright highlights of the sun can play havoc with a camera's light meter but you handled it well.
adores (39272) 2014-02-19 15:41
It's still an impressive tower and I like its silhouette where we can see the windows so well. It's huge compared to the house on the left. Nice shot with a beautiful sky.