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.
Thanks for looking
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COSTANTINO (56223) 2014-07-06 11:40
amazing capture almost artistic
it looks liek an explosion of the sun
into the sky perfectly executed
great contrast between this black
foreground and shining sky
have a nice time
Silvio1953 (123561) 2014-07-06 13:09
Ciao Noel, fascinating sunrise with lovely silhouetes, splendid light and wonderful warm colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
carlo62 (33793) 2014-07-06 15:47
uno scatto molto originale, l'alone del sole prende quasi metà dello scatto.
Dalla tua nota sembra che sia un paesaggio tutto da scoprire, la cosa mi incuriosisce, per cui attendo le prossime foto per vedere cosa hai scoperto.
jcpix (13688) 2014-07-06 21:06
The burning globe of yellow death....like the heat of a thousand suns. Oh, wait...it is the sun! My retinas are scorched just looking at this, you're poor camera must have gone completely blind. :)
I'm drawn in by the allure of this shot, but living in the desert, I'm also fearful of this imagery. lol
Sounds like there's a ton of material to photograph in this region, and the whole of Ireland for that matter...but this is a brilliant take on the simple side. I always love a good silhouette, and if you changed the location mapping, this could be virtually anywhere in the world...which oddly enough, would still make this a very interesting shot. Soothing supporting tones around the fireball, there's actually a peaceful sentiment here. And as the sun is rising for you, it has set for me. G'nite. Enjoy the new day.
Cheers from the dust bowl,
Glad you enjoyed those Youtube clips, it was a wild one! Too bad you weren't here last night for the wicked lightning storm that raged on for a couple of hours and electrified the sky. I had the bright idea to go stand in the middle of the street and watch...but it only took a minute for nature to remind me of her power, and I quickly retreated indoors.
Sonata11 (33283) 2014-07-06 22:52
Hello Noel, magnificent sunrise. Always beautiful and always different. Awesome !!! Congrats.
All the best, Barbara
SnapRJW (31435) 2014-07-06 23:19
Hello Noel - So you got to the Burren... isn't it fantastic? I am ashamed to say that I was never out and about this early so didn't see a sunrise in this location, I can enjoy your though! Atmospheric.
Have a good week ahead.
timecapturer (49286) 2014-07-07 5:21
a nuclear explosion of a sunrise this! I wonder if your retinas are still intact after taking this. It is an amazing image and so beautifully controlled. Not seen a sunrise picture quite like this here before - awesome!
Have a good week - B.
marabu61 (8589) 2014-07-07 12:43
Superbe silhouette with the sun as an impressive fireball here. It has almost something otherworldly about it.
The Burren is indeed a gorgeous landscape, so fantastic in its remoteness and wilderness. Unfortunately on our visit it was a rainy day with gale force winds and temperatures around the freezing point. But it had the advantage that there was not a soul in sight for miles around Poulnebroune Dolmen or the wonderful Burren perfumery.
have a great week
Fis2 (86283) 2014-07-07 12:57
Good POV and composition.
Curious colours and light.
Photo has climate.
emka (79875) 2014-07-07 23:59
Hello Noel, Impressive sunrise scene. The sun is huge here! attractive silhouettes on the left, with the red sky in the background.
WArm regrads MAlgo
ACL1978 (7491) 2014-07-08 6:58
Wow, Noel! Surprised you didn't go blind just looking through the viewfinder for this one! You did a great job capturing the brightness of the sun while keeping gorgeous color and definition elsewhere in the shot, and it's a perfect silhouette. We can even still see a bit of detail from the brick wall below! Nicely done.
Tigerlily (3107) 2014-07-08 13:12
Wonderful shot! Gosh, you're a brave man. I wouldn't dare to shoot against that big sun..:-D, but what you got is a beautiful picture, nice colour range, a romantic image.
williewhistler (14611) 2014-07-08 14:16
the silhouetted farmhouse provides a really nice subject on the skyline in a well balanced composition with the early morning colours of the sky a delight.
All the best Les.
mursaloglu (8656) 2014-07-08 15:34
I like this brilliant and silhout mix. congra...
omid266 (5274) 2014-07-08 21:13
Dear my friend,
A very spectacular and admirable shot from Sunrise in a historic place hunted with you ,
excellent moment , excellent light , excellent work,
Best AND Thanks for sharing a part of your Wealth, your world!
** Happy Wishes,
ourania (32083) 2014-07-09 2:44
an attractive composition that's simple and bold at the same time. Your framing is quite intriguing too, you've placed the main subjects at the opposite sides of the frame, the one is quiet and solemn and the other one is strikingly bright and exuberant. Yet, you've achieved good balance and interaction between them. The almost silhouetted but comprehensible landscape as well as the graduating tones in the sky add interest and consistency to this fine, minimal image. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely day,
bukitgolfb301 (36218) 2014-07-09 12:34
Hi dear Noel, how are you?
So sorry for long no reply/action to you due to some reasons. So stuuning and dramatic image at all. You did get perfet golden color via getting perefcet moment. Color gradation is so marevelous and fantatsic indeed. Congratulation on your masterpiece shot!
We regret the result of FIFA 2014, right?
All the best and have a good day! Takero from Tokyo
fabbs99 (16477) 2014-07-10 23:52
Lovely image of the sunrise.Great capture at the start of the day.Keep sharing.TFS.
macjake (57074) 2014-07-11 5:42
i've never seen anyone photograph INTO the large sun as often as you lol
you're a brave man!
in a funny sort of way it looks like this house is about to be destroyed by some large planetary object!
and its coming in faster and faster to earth to make its strike!
you mentioned this place is full of artifacts and historical subjects - sounds like a great place to drive though and stop off periodically.
another Irish beauty
see you around
berek (39521) 2014-07-12 6:55
very beautiful sunrise colors. add value to photographs of buildings have suliet. congratulations.
delpeoples (53167) 2014-07-21 3:04
I always thought you were a "stay in the scratcher for sunrise" type of guy. But I have been disabused of that idea by this excellent photo. The other thing I've been disabused of is that I had no idea Galway had anything to with the Burren, thinking it was solely County Clare. You've done a lot of disabusing today with this excellent photo, well done. I like the minimalism here and the way you composed the shot, which adds to the desolate, vast landscape. So whilst I like the light, settings etc., it's the atmosphere you create here, the solitude, that reaches out and grabs me. Nice work.
Have a lovely day
Miguel82 (24223) 2014-12-21 10:21
Only silouhettes are perceptible in the landscape, amazing fluo tons Noel