Pictured here is the Yew Walk on the grounds of Gormanston Castle in Co Meath. It lies just south of Drogheda and about 30km north of Dublin. It is on the Meath side of the Meath / Dublin border and close to the river Delvin.
The castle itself here dates to 1786 and it was built by the Preston family on the exact site of a former castle. It is an impressive building, quadrangle in plan and with towers on three of the four corners. The front elevation of the building is three stories in height and the main entrance is flanked by two more narrow towers. The castle is a beautiful example of old architecture which has been maintained perfectly and still holds all the graces of such an impressive family estate.
In 1947, the castle was sold to the Franciscan order who developed a school here. The castle itself opened as a school in 1954 and a new additional college building was built in 1955. The castle remains as a school today, with over 500 students in attendance.
What we see in this image here is one of the most remarkable features on the castles grounds, known as the Yew Walk. This is a foliage enclosed triangluar area which dates back hundreds of years. It is entered through a huge hedge, and beyond is this spooky row of twisted yew trees which lead from the caslte itself to the graveyard. Buried here are serveral members of the Franciscan order including both nuns and priests as well as some students of the school.
It is a strange feeling, leaving the old castle behind, steeping through the hedge and finding this spooky row leading to a cemetery. It is not visible from the castle at all, fully enclosed by the surrounding trees, and can only be seen once you step inside. As you walk down the pathway, light falls through the sinuous tree branches creating a somewhat otherworldly feeling. At the end, you step back out again and find yourself in a very peaceful and tranquil cemetery. At its head is a large wall against which is placed a modern statue of Christ in the arms of Mary, and spread before this is the graves of those interred here. Its a beautiful addition to the castles grounds.
I have a post of the castle iteself here
Special thanks for to John Maenhout (JHM) for showing me how to create links. Thanks John!!
Thanks for looking!
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rigoletto (34279) 2014-04-26 11:16
where frodo hid from the nazgul? i don't see any warpage, though :) i learnt the botanic term of yew from will's photo (before, i only knew "ewww") and now there is a perfect opportunity to practice the botanic version :)
Indrasish (2939) 2014-04-26 11:17
You shared a rare shot with us.. This shot is very rare to me and I like this type of path.. I like the composition and vertical framing.. Nice sepia tone too.. Very well done.. and thanks for this informative note..
Good night and wish you all the best..
Romano46 (18472) 2014-04-26 11:18
Non solo per il soggetto che è straordinario ma anche per la postproduzione che ne ha esaltato le particolari caratteristiche.
Assai indovinato non solo il contrasto marcato ma anche il viraggio in seppia che aggiunge un ulteriore alone di mistero: infatti sembra di essere entrati in vecchio film dell'orrore.
Una foto bella, originale e straordinariamente ben fatta.
Ciao e buona domenica
Corry (4508) 2014-04-26 11:22
Magnifique corridor d'arbres entremêlés. Je me demande si les feuillas poussent dans ces arbres. L'endroit est vraiment unique. Merci du partage. Salutations.
besnard (56219) 2014-04-26 11:25
Une belle image originale de cette allée qui donne un bel effet de profondeur. le choix du noir et blanc donne de la force à l'ensemble.
Amitiés et bon week-end.
SnapRJW (31629) 2014-04-26 12:18
Hi Noel - To be perfectly honest this shot makes me as mad as a snake.... I would love the opportunity to photograph a scene like this and I am completely jealous. It makes me think of Tim Burton films with a dark Gothic undertone, Helena Bonham Carter and Johnny Depp; black widows weeds and mysterious men.
Your treatment is spot on. Creative and well considered, I like it!
RhodieIke (11744) 2014-04-26 12:44
Where are the Goblins, what a splendid photo of this Yew walk, I wonder what the age of this?
Great management, super Pov,
Ps, Thanks for the in-depth note on my Graffiti post.
siudzi (34141) 2014-04-26 12:46
Wow! What a spectacular place you have discovered! Love it! I have seen few pics of similar paths and they always look extremely unique and attractive. Your post is one of them! Bravo! Excellent capture! Very well composed and framed.
carlo62 (47311) 2014-04-26 14:37
un tunnel da fiaba, sembra tratto da Alice nel paese delle meraviglie.
Ottima la tua proposta, la mancanza di colori concentra l'osservatore sull'effetto degli alberi.
mesutilgim (95004) 2014-04-26 14:49
This is really one of the "wonders" of the mother natüre.
The scene is almost like an artwork.
TFS and have a nice weekend
worldcitizen (8570) 2014-04-26 15:41
Very nice depth with this walkway, and good management of the light, too. I like the way the trees seem to lace together on top to form a canopy. Whenever I hear the name Drogheda, (as mentioned in your note), it reminds me of the ranch in the film "The Thorn Birds". :-)
fritzi007 (10553) 2014-04-26 15:51
Hi Noel ,
a strange walk , very good comment , congratulate !
Wish you a nice Sunday
theswedish (680) 2014-04-26 17:18
You never disappoint.This is a well done in sepia, think it well shot. Would have lightened it up a bit, or added some tonal difference
tyro (24582) 2014-04-26 18:07
As always, a fascinating and informative noe!
This picture remninds me of another from Ireland - one of a long lane of trees whose branches intertwine above the road and a picture which won first place in the BBC "Countryfile" calendar competition a couple of years ago. But I think that those were beech trees. You must know the area.
But this is a much narrower lane and you have captured it superbly well. The conversion to monochrome and then sepia has been very effective indeed as is your simple and symmetrical composition. Lovely light and tones and exquisite details and sharpness too.
elenimavrandoni (0) 2014-04-26 21:20
"Ní chuirimid bhfuil trí cinn déag. Táimid ag fulaingt ó triskaidekaphobia dúchais.
Is Garraíodóireacht deacair go leor "
an cáiliúil Bhaile Mhic Gormáin cráite ag taibhsí na Draoithe laistigh dá réimsí agus plandála
Is féidir liom pictiúr wilderness agus siúlóidí taitneamhach
fascinated ag an oidhreacht na hÉireann agus an-tógtha le do aistriúchán ar mo last post
tú tar éis dul thar aon ionchais trácht
go raibh maith agat as mo chroí
fabbs99 (17135) 2014-04-26 22:26
Great shot of the Yew Walk.I love the color tone and exposure in this imgae.Very well done,TFS.
abmdsudi (53565) 2014-04-26 23:05
What an amazing discovery, a natural tunnel transformed by the delicate tree branches system in such a lovely environment makes me want to wander down the heavily shaded path! The view point is superb extending the feel of depth, I just can imagine my inner feeling when we are presented such a peaceful moment in the midst of nature. The tranquility and tones make everything sparkle and that bit of warm light in the distant adds a bright focal point and look so very attractive and neat. Extremely refreshing look, so peaceful and serene. Awesome shot, a rare moment indeed. Congrats, TFS
emka (96304) 2014-04-26 23:20
Hi Noel, Amazing tunnel made from yew. These twisted branches look rather spooky. Interesting note as always. Must be strange feeling there indeed.
HAve a beautiful Sunday
macjake (67532) 2014-04-26 23:25
very cool indeed. For someone like me, visiting Ireland is all about finding interesting subjects like this one.
makes me wonder if any movies or scenes in TV shows have been filmed here...my guess would be yes. it seems to be a perfect fit.
this is mother nature at her best, or worst depending on how spooky it is to you :)
more fascinating history, wonderful post!
jjcordier (79297) 2014-04-26 23:39
Quelle étonnante perspective d'arbres qui s'enchevêtrent. Bel effet accentué par la conversion sépia.
delpeoples (57588) 2014-04-27 0:38
Ciao caro Noel
Oooh I love this...as the others have remarked, it looks like something straight out of Mirkwood Forest, in fact this is just how I pictured it to be when reading Tolkien's famous book. The sepia treatment is perfectly judged, giving this an almost sinister atmosphere, but also the feeling that very little light escapes through those tightly intertwined branches. Stunning job, one of your best, me reckons.
Have a great Sunday, hope the head is not too sore from wheatjuice abuse
npecanhuk (75026) 2014-04-27 5:49
That must be certainly scary at night!!!!
It's beautiful though and you took a very interesting and attractive picture of that place!
Sepia, slim black borderds, vertical format, exposure, chosen pov and composition are all excellent and I really enjoyed everything!
TFS - congrats,
Have a great Sunday,
COSTANTINO (64676) 2014-04-27 8:17
Hello my dear friend
what an artistic shot like a scenery
taken from a thriller movie film
you are a very lucky photographer
taking photos like this one
I would like to be able to find
a place like this one
your phrase is very impressive
it is a strange feeling leaving the old
castle behind steeping through the hedge
and finding this spooky row leading
to a cemetery
great work great description nice pov
Silvio1953 (141915) 2014-04-27 9:47
Ciao Noel, lovely composition with fascinating gallery, excellent perspective, splendid light and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
CLODO (34080) 2014-04-27 10:02
A very strange alley with the trees creating a kind a tunnel above it.
marabu61 (10915) 2014-04-27 10:33
Wow, this is spectacular even with the barren trees, so I can only imagine how this must look when the trees are in full bloom with leaves. But in this monochromatic version it has something distinctly gothic about it, I almost expect to see the headless rider, riding through this tunnel of Yews.
have a good start to the new week
Fis2 (96665) 2014-04-27 12:58
A very interesting walk road.
Good frame and perspective.
Sepia add savor of photo.
I like it.
jemaflor (96689) 2014-04-27 23:40
original path with all these branches, good depth effect, exposure is well managed, tfs.
eldancer1 (36343) 2014-04-28 6:22
Wow! Very interesting growth with branches competing for sunlight, they also look like they are dancing. Nicely captured with good details. Well done, tfs.
omid266 (6746) 2014-04-28 20:44
What interesting walking place that reminds me the Carton of Ann Sherly ,
very nice hunted with camera , all the BEST ,
Only i wosh it was colourful,
Thanks and Good luck,
rogerl (1616) 2014-04-29 6:18
Noel, Lovely sepia-toned shot of this beautiful, peaceful walk. Black and white was definitely the moody choice.
I posted a similar shot a while back from the Boboli Gardens in Florence, here, but I like yours much better - this image gives a great feeling of the trees closing in on you, and the black and white gives the entire photo a very different flavor. Thanks.
janraiski (558) 2014-04-29 10:15
very impressive, the color tones fits perfectly.
ourania (44926) 2014-04-29 12:02
I like very much the deep and claustrophobic view through this extraordinary tunnel. Your vertical composition is excellent, there's great perspective, the intricate patterns of trunks and branches are superbly defined and give the impression of enchantment and movement. I also like the thickness of the "ceiling" and the shadows, how the twisted arches succeed each other and make a walk on this path feel enticing and spooky at the same time. This impression is very much enhanced by the warm sepia tones. Great work, congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great evening,
Royaldevon (38371) 2014-04-30 1:40
Good Morning Noel,
With having been away for a few days, I missed this! I love the textures and the bearing of the branches; they seem to be in elegant poses, like a long line of expressive ballerinas.
There is no doubt about your intended pov!
Have a lovely day,
nikkitta (17066) 2014-04-30 11:56
Trully original capture where also the sepia color contibuted to add interest and mistery at the place, a kind of natural tunnel formed by the embracing Yew trees
Quite share your feeling, must be a bit scaring going this way to the cemetery
Informative note, very well done
Periko (5132) 2014-05-01 22:18
I would be afraid to walk alone at night by such a path. It looks amazing in sepia.
Good shot. Well done.
mjw364 (842) 2014-05-02 8:24
Nice linear perspective - all that is missing is two lovers walking hand in hand up the middle! Not a souvenir shop in sight either!
Kamilutka (8105) 2014-05-03 0:46
I was ready to comment on your current picture but then I noticed this one and couldn't resist it. What a place! Beautiful, romantic but also a bit frightening I reckon. The trees make the natural corridor and I love the structure of the branches entwined together. The chosen POV helped in here to create very good depth and the wholeness has been perfectly framed.
Well done my friend!
Thanks for sharing
Miguel82 (27674) 2014-05-03 20:23
It should be delightful to walk under these trees, they made a wondeful pathway, it can be used in a movie for sure Noel, a superb picture, congratulations, have a good We
clic (16929) 2014-05-04 15:06
I'm convinced that the 'Little Red Riding Hood' of the tale for children, used to cope with the Bad Wolf in the forest, will never dare taking this spooky shortcut to see her sick grandma!
A canopy for zombies that grabs attention!
Hellas (6945) 2014-05-06 1:29
Really eerie atmosphere, but great theme for photography.
Glint (6171) 2014-05-06 12:59
to me this doesn't look black & white but sepia. Sepia seems somehow appropriate given the age of these trees. I would love to walk here as I'm sure it would be as atmospheric as your photograph shows.
ikeharel (70589) 2014-05-13 7:58
Like it a lot, Noel, the view through the trees promenade is awesome.
Sepia tones makes this even more special, and well collected the DOF.
Light at the end of a tunnel... is there for sure.
serp2000 (44007) 2014-05-16 7:38
Frankly speaking this is one of the most interesting your last posts here. I do remember a black&white version of this arch, but this version is more attractive. Perfect DoF, it looks like a movie decoration. Yes, some fairy tale forest ;)
Silentsoul (42) 2014-05-31 8:53
Noel thanks for this great capture. I wanted to write appreciation but didnt know how to do it.. Now I am here.
The place selected for the photo is great and photo has high clarity despite low light :)
adores (45219) 2014-06-06 14:51
It reminds me of that fantastic road that you have in Ireland:)! Very beautiful! I like the pov and the sepia. Besides, you managed light really well!
mayjayne (5832) 2015-06-16 8:05
The foliage is remarkable, the way they twine and form the pathway - very fascinating. Great shot!
- Copyright: Noel Byrne (Noel_Byrne) (30976)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Black & White
- Date Taken: 2014-04-20
- Categories: Castles, Nature
- Camera: Canon EOS 60D
- Exposure: f/5.6, 1/30 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2014-04-26 11:09