Photographer's Note

Pictured here is a sunrise scene taken at the Burren in Co Galway.

The Burren is one of Irelands most beautiful natural landscapes, covering an area of app 250 square kilometers. The nearest points of civilization are the surrounding villages Ballyvaughan, Kinvara, Tubber, Corofin, Kilfenora and Lisdoonvarna. It is bounded by the Atlantic and Galway Bay on the west and north. This particular photo was taken about 10 miles from Kinvara.

This area is one of the richest in Irelands history counting more than 90 megalithic tombs, ring forts, Celtic crosses and portal Dolmens including the Poulnebroune Dolmen. As well as its interest for lovers of history, it also holds a huge variety of animal and plant species with over two thirds of all Irelands species of flower living here. The rolling hills are made of limestone pavements with criss crossing cracks, and is one of Europe's larges Karst landscapes. This sees the land supporting arctic, Mediterranean and alpine plants all side by side. The unique geology here was formed as the sediment of a tropical sea around 350 million years ago, so the land contains many fossils of corals, sea urchins and ammonites.

While this photo is taken in Galway, it is County Clare that is most synonymous with the Burren.

in this pic, you can see the ruins of a large old farmhouse. There is very little population in the area, and the whole land is scattered with ruins. Farms, cottages, castles and more lie around the temperate landscape waiting to be discovered.

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Additional Photos by Noel Byrne (Noel_Byrne) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2897 W: 18 N: 7059] (24852)
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