Pictured here is Trim castle and some of the surrounding medieval buildings in the town of Trim, Co Meath.
I chose the name for this picture as I have met with friends on their first trip to Ireland, and as we drove around the country they remarked how surprised they were at the amount of ruins scattered around the country. It seems you do not have to travel far before coming across the ruins of a castle, a monastery, an abbey or a stately home. This is a testament to Irelands violent and often bloody history, when so many of the countries most important buildings were attacked or destroyed at the behest of invaders, or on occasion the Irish themselves.
In this scene we see to the left the main keep of Trim castle. Founded in 1172 by Hugh De Lacy, the castle stands on the south banks of the river Boyne and is an imposing sight visible across the entire town. The castle was a main center of Norman administration for the Lords of Meath and marked the outskirts of the Pale, an area around Dublin controlled by the English. The keep is unique among Norman castles in that it features 20 corners. This shot is taken inside the vast curtain walls, so not visible here are the immense stone gates and walls that protected this building.
On the furthest right of the picture is the Yellow Steeple, a building I have posted on Trekearth before. This tower is the remains of St Mary's Abbey, a former Augustinian abbey which was dedicated to the Blessed Virgin. It was said to have been built on grounds blessed by St Patrick. At one point, Trim was a very important religious pilgrimage site and was renowned for the healing powers of the statue of the Virgin Mary. The abbey was dissolved in Henry VIII during the reformation and subsequently destroyed. The yellow steeple is all that remains. The iconic and much loved statue was burnt by the English.
To the left of the yellow steeple is Talbots Castle. This is a fortified manor house which was built in 1415 comprising of two main range buildings and a tower. The start of the 20th century saw the addition of an attic level. Despite its obvious age, looking closely at the building shows evidence of the many modifications which were made over the centuries. This building also played an important part in education as in the 18th and 19th centuries it was a school known as the Latin school. It was within its walls that the Duke of Wellington was educated.
Today Talbots Castle is a private home.
Finally, the building to the left of Talbots tower is St Patricks Cathedral. Not to be confused with St Patricks Catholic church (which was behind me when I took this shot), this is a Church of Ireland cathedral on Loman Street in the town. The tower we can see dates to the 15th century, and the remainder of the current building was erected in 1803 at a very historic site. Bishops have received their blessings here since 1536 but the building only officially received cathedral status in 1955. It is an important architectural site, as it features the first stained glass window ever designed by Edward Burne Jones and its cemetery contains a number of medieval grave slabs and the ruins of a previous church building.
Thanks for looking!
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dta (80238) 2014-02-15 10:48
Hello Noel ,
Perfect framing of this impressive old fortress , between green grass and blue sky ( a beautiful sunny saturday in northern Ireland !) . I like the little benche in the Fg that gives a sense of scale . The whole composition is excellent , with the opening on the other ruins on the right .One of the best features , for me , is the lateral light , that creates beautiful contrasts and shades on the wall .
Corry (4508) 2014-02-15 11:24
Très belle vue sur cet ancien château et les ruines environnantes. Belle lumière qui permet d'apprécier l'ensemble tout en créant des zones d'ombre. Note intéressante. Merci du partage.
imageme (1790) 2014-02-15 11:26
Hi Noel, Excellent perspective with play of light and shadows. Nice depth of field with awesome colour contrasts. The lush grass in the FG with a bench adds to its calmness. Thank for sharing
nikkitta (17066) 2014-02-15 11:28
Proud to be neighbors todays, your note ( sad one) tell the true about Ireland and why it has so many ruins, people returning from there always talk about it, saying they are beautiful, matching with the environement, as happens here
As usual helps the very good weather with the blue sky to add contrast
cornejo (44685) 2014-02-15 11:28
Hi Noel, very good picture of this interesting castle with a beautiful blue sky background, beautifully captured in this interesting image with good sharpness, light and color. Very good and interesting job well done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this beautiful work.
Good night and good Sunday.
Warm greetings from southern Spain.
npecanhuk (75696) 2014-02-15 13:57
Attractive picture with special regards to the exposure, colors and composition!
TFS - congrats,
carlo62 (52110) 2014-02-15 14:31
grande castello, ben inquadrato, il suo posizionamento è perfetto per vedere anche i piccoli particolari dello sfondo e per metterlo in risalto contro il cielo.
Mi piace anche il forte contrasto dovuto alle ombre molto nette.
emka (102638) 2014-02-15 23:25
hello Noel, when there are so many ruins, I should stay longer in Ireland, I love all ruins :). and your friends were so lucky with the weather. I always think that it is exaggerated that in Ireland rains so much. Amazing composition , this castle looks so huge. Fantastic shot, interesting note.
jjcordier (79297) 2014-02-15 23:29
Très bonne photo de ce château en ruines encore très bien conservé. Belle lumière et joli cadrage.
Gigidusud (21191) 2014-02-15 23:59
Beautiful architectural composition with the ruin on FG. Excellent POV and great framing. Splendid combination of blue sky and green grass. I like a lot!
Have a nice WE my friend.
Kamilutka (8107) 2014-02-16 2:19
now these ruins are truly impressive! They are quite simple but get a lot of interest from surrounding them details. The POV you chose is great, because it places the castle in dominant position but also allows to see other interesting buildings on the second plan.
Lovely weather with superb light and the colors are very nice and natural.
Well given sharpness
Enjoy your Sunday!
snunney (103285) 2014-02-16 2:43
A first class composition, in which we can view lots of different and diverse architecture. That beautiful blue sky makes a superb backdrop for the whole. Excellent rendering of the textural detail in the massive walls of the keep. Most informative accompanying note as always. I wish you a pleasant Sunday afternoon.
jhm (156536) 2014-02-16 2:50
Thank you very much for your interesting notes.
This medieval building has you nice, in image brought.
A nice architecture picture with an excellent sharpness and clarity.
Excellent composition, good presentation.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice Sunday,
timecapturer (49288) 2014-02-16 3:06
WoW! this looks impregnable, such steep walls and looking magnificent in this excellent capture. You know how much I love places like this and this one looks just fascinating. Perfect clarity, detail and the added bonus of a blue sky, forgotten what they looked like recently. Stunning image!
Have a great Sunday - B.
Subhogen (4067) 2014-02-16 4:57
I like the space you have allowed for the blue sky because it is really spectacular and deserves that much of space. Fantastic warm light has created nice shadow and light on the ruin in the FG. Great detailing on the wall of the ruins. A fine photo, well done and thanks for sharing.
Romano46 (18472) 2014-02-16 5:53
l'Irlanda è ricca di rovine medioevali ma devo considerare che le conosci tutte e le proponi metodicamente una dietro l'altra e sempre con ottimi risultati.
In questa alla maestosa impostazione della composizione si unisce la caratteristica del contrasto dei colori e della luce.
Un altro eccellente risultato della tua ottima ricerca sul territorio.
Ciao e buona domenica
photoray (13981) 2014-02-16 7:55
A very impressive architecture ruin, obviously well constructed because mostly still intact. The height is indeed amazing, and the rock textures attractive. And well composed in its historical setting.
Pleased to see all is in a park setting, and not destroyed by commercial development.
Thanks for sharing,
Schnappilic (9692) 2014-02-16 8:41
Nice presentation of this old fortress with impressive walls. I like your frame and colors. Well done!
PaulVDV (30739) 2014-02-16 11:21
The picture and its title represent my idea of what Ireland looks like. Remains of castles, monasteries, churches and abbeys spread across the green country.
This castle, more a fortified stronghold, looks very impressive.
I like your composition and the inclusion of more ruined towers and the manor house further away.
The light was very strong but provided attractive colours.
Best regards, Paul
macjake (70519) 2014-02-16 22:58
all i can say is wow!
amazing that it has stood so tall and for so long.
I know its not all there, but seems like much has remained.
so many thoughts go through my head when viewing such castles and 'old ruins' like this....for example...how freaking COLD must it have been during the winter??
I'm betting they didn't have electric heat in those days haha
the day-to-day living conditions must have been terrible, but yet it was done - obviously.
We have it so good today don't we! But then again what will people in the year 2500 be saying about US?
excellent choice for a title too.
and it again makes me wonder what it would have been like to drive the country of Ireland 500 years ago and seeing these buildings scattered about!! what a sight that must have been.
great post for te
SnapRJW (31629) 2014-02-17 2:12
Hello Noel - Trim Castle looks extremely imposing and substantial in this shot. It looms above the houses in the distance and even makes the tower house look puny in comparison! Marauders wouldn't attack this edifice without serious thought! Pin sharp and well composed you include some super details here, the blue sky is obviously a fine weather window after all the storms in your part of the globe! Warm regards Rosemary
Royaldevon (41032) 2014-02-18 0:30
Ruins fascinate us all and, therefore, make wonderful subjects for photography; we all find a link with our own history!
This is a great specimen for your theme of ruins. It is very well positioned in the frame, dominating the f/g and completely dwarfing the buildings in the b/g. You had a great day for the shoot, with blue skies and the puffiest of clouds on the horizon.
Forgive me if I seem too critical but the saturation of the sky, to me, seems just a tad overdone. There is a trend on TE to oversaturate, at the moment; maybe it is just me not following a trend.
Thanks for this.
Have a great day,
mirosu (16273) 2014-02-18 5:55
Excellent informative note, thank you.
You're capturing well this scene by a good composition and bright tone, so it's interesting and impressive to see the castle with elegant shape. The whole is harmonized well by beautiful color and light balance. And, the clean blue sky draws out an additional good atmosphere, too.
Very well done.
Fis2 (102384) 2014-02-18 6:01
Good POV and composition.
Excellent colors and sharpness.
I like such themes.
Have a nice afternoon
abmdsudi (56344) 2014-02-18 23:02
Nobody will miss the imposing castle of that magnitude, it's a fascinating place so very well detailed and composed scene with all the interests in one go, but I also find it strange that Trim castle appears so vertically straight almost perfect ninety degree to horizontal line despite the age. This is another wonderful shot really has the feel of the warmth found in places like this blessed by such brilliant weather and superbly standout to spotless blue sky. You have seen some wonderful sites and thks to your supporting notes, it's a joy to see them all through your eyes and tfs. Congrats.
Miguel82 (27648) 2014-02-19 9:07
Dear Noel, I reply with some delay, some internet connection issues but now it's fixed..
what a magnificent castle, these ruins should be enjoyable to expolore, perfect sharpness and hues, have a nice evening
berek (50506) 2014-02-20 3:47
an excellent architecture. Congratulations impressive blue sky in the background.
jcpix (13930) 2014-02-21 19:41
I feel as if I have just been taken on a first time tour myself, love those notes! You know, I get the exact same impression, even from behind a desk and computer...it would seem to me you have an endless supply of old ruins, which I would thoroughly enjoy photographing the ever loving daylights out of! :)
Sadly, I have nothing of the sort here in Phoenix...at least not on this scale, or of historical significance. So, I'm still up for a trade of anything you'd like coming out of the desert for some of these ancient sites. Looks like you might have already got your hands on some of our skies though. :) Beautiful blue to make this scene really colorful.
I'm guessing it's just the perspective, but what's seen in the background is dwarfed in comparison to this castle. I bet this would make for one sweet rock wall too, that straight up vertical is probably calling out to all of those mountain climbers. I'll be happy enough just to take up space on that bench and watch instead...easier to snack when seated. :)
Love the heavy shadows on the opposing walls, gives it that 3D effect, and brings out the "blocky" shapes. A pity so many of these places exist under the bloody history you eluded to, but for what it's worth, they sure make for fine modern day subject matter to photograph. Bright, detailed and composed for maximum exposure. Glad you didn't choose a Genesis song title and go with "Land of Confusion." ha
Enjoy the weekend. Take it easy.
Slàinte. Cheers from overseas,
serp2000 (45066) 2014-02-21 23:38
This tower looks very fresh and does not reminds me the ruins. Good colors management, I like the contrast between the clear blue sky and the grey ancient walls. After reading your note I know little bit more about the history in this region.
Have a great weekend!
omid266 (6748) 2014-02-23 19:44
** Salam , Hi dear Noel,
Thank you for sharing this excellent and valuable foto,
very nice document from Trim castle and other monuments
nice text, nice caprured ,
Well done friend ,
** Hope protect for this Heritage **
Regards , Omid -I.R.I
ourania (48802) 2014-02-26 11:09
a wonderful picture and a fascinating history lecture. I like very much the way you considered your composition and perspective, including the empty bench and proceeding to the imposing buildings. You placed the Trim Castle so well in the frame, it's style and textures are very intriguing and the dense, graphical shadows add drama to it. The distant ruins and buildings are small and don't distract our observation of the castle but they are also detailed and enrich the composition adding context and historical reference. The action and dramas that took place here are amazing and I'm also fascinated by the information about Edward Burne Jones' window. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely evening,
jemaflor (100163) 2014-03-03 4:29
Impressive architecture, interesting result with the contrast of light between light and shadows, good blue BG, tfs.