As a lover of landscapes, I think the landscape of Ireland which most enthralled me was (The) Burren. Here one does not see anything that resembles the ‘Emerald Isle’ one normally associates with Ireland. This is the land of the wild and challenging.
Difficult to photograph as the limestone pavement is essentially flat and trees or other natural features are in short supply. Large glacial boulders called erratic’s make a good focal point if you have time to search them out. As time was limited I did not explore the landscape as much as I needed to, hopefully I can revisit one day.
This shot shows the clints (blocks of limestone) separated by grikes (fissures). Typical of the limestone pavement.
The Burren (Irish: Boireann, meaning Great rock) is a unique karst-landscape region in northwest County Clare, in Ireland and one of the largest Karst landscapes in Europe. The region measures approximately 250 square kilometres.
During counter guerrilla operations in Burren in 1651-52, Ludlow an English Parliamentarian stated:
"It is a country where there is not enough water to drown a man, wood enough to hang one, nor earth enough to bury him...... and yet their cattle are very fat; for the grass growing in turfs of earth, of two or three foot square, that lie between the rocks, which are of limestone, is very sweet and nourishing".
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ifege (9909) 2013-10-15 22:37
Another good photo bringing out the almost bleak but fascinating landscape of The Burren. The rock sticking up provides a good bit of variation.
jjcordier (67270) 2013-10-15 22:56
Pas facile de rendre en photo la beauté et l'aspect impressionnant de ces formations karstiques mais tu y es parfaitement parvenu.
serp2000 (33177) 2013-10-15 23:28
This North European landscape looks very picturesque. Just impressive contrast between so clear blue sky and the poor vegetables on the grey stones. Thanks for so interesting historic note.
krzychu30 (12719) 2013-10-16 0:50
good photo and interesting note!
Looks like barren land,but it has still its own,unique charm you were able to capture here so good.
I like your POV(the FG is great with proximity to the rocks,which creates 3D effect to the scene)and these strong,vivid colors and contrast between them(blue sky adds a lot to the whole composition).
Have a nice day
lousat (64213) 2013-10-16 1:22
Hi Rosemary,really beautiful,i can hear the sound of bagpipes too..ehehe...magnificent and original landscape,not easy to find a sunny day and this clear sky there,the result are colors very bright and spectacular details,i like it! Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano
papagolf21 (79560) 2013-10-16 1:36
Bonjour, chère Rosemary,
Paysage sauvage et d'une grande beauté à la fois.
La présence d'une pierre levée est parfaitement placée dans la composition.
Une très belle image fort bien mise en valeur.
Fis2 (77000) 2013-10-16 1:59
Excellent POV and composition.
williewhistler (9873) 2013-10-16 2:31
having read your most informative note I now know the reason that the cattle in your previous shot from this location appeared to be in such good condition,it`s the sweet and nourishing grass!
I do admire the composition with the fissure running into the frame and the block of rock well placed to break the skyline,the ivy in the FG with the spindly bushes add there own interest.
I might have cropped a bit off of the top just to move the horizon up a bit and place even more emphasis on the rock formations,but that`s just my opinion.
It`s definitely going on my list of places to visit.
Kind regards Le.
Hansaphotos (6101) 2013-10-16 2:39
I like the simplicity of this fascinating scene. The block that unexpected rising up like a sculpture in the landscape is a great feature here. Lovely textures and splendid details. The blue sky provides a good colour contrast. Excellent work, and a great note to accompany:) Thanks.
Have a nice day.
Best regards, Erling
Noel_Byrne (13376) 2013-10-16 5:14
It is such a barren landscape, almost lunar in its appearance and as you say not the Ireland of greens that springs to mind. I see what you mean about it not being easy to photograph, but you did a great job here by showing the fissures in the rock so prominently in the foreground creating great interest and allowin the eye to follow these lines deeper inside the scene. I see the weather was kind to you too!
All the best
Sergiom (45489) 2013-10-16 5:17
Tu as profité d'une très belle journée pour aller marcher à cet endroit. Le regard suit naturellement les crevasses dans la pierre vers ce ciel superbe. Les couleurs sont superbes.
timecapturer (37124) 2013-10-16 5:53
a fascinating shot this and you have chosen the best spot possible to give impact and depth to this view. Love the fg texturing and the contrast against the heavenly sky. You were so lucky with the weather!
Absolutely tipping down here again today!
Nicou (105851) 2013-10-16 7:21
fantastique cadrage et compo sueprbe quel rendu sur ces anciennes pierres sueprbe et ce rocher qui ressort sueprbe cpatage et vue grandiose.
Bravo et amitié
olive224 (2553) 2013-10-16 8:52
Nice image, i would perhaps have prefered a closest view of the standing rock but else it's very nice ;)
marabu61 (5877) 2013-10-16 11:47
I see, you where lucky to see the Burren in fairly good weather. I think I know exactly where this shot has been taken, I have exactly the same with the difference that it was very windy, around the freezing point and raining while I took this shot.
But of corse, the amazing landscape of the Burren comes perfectly across in this three dimensional shot. The effect of the landscape joining the sky in the background is suberb.
By the way, did you visit the Burren perfumery while in the region. It certainly is worth the visit, creating sublime scents from local plants and their garden is gorgeous.
have a great day
holmertz (31322) 2013-10-16 12:42
Another unknown side of Ireland to me, far from what I experienced on my only visit to the island. It is a fasinating scenery. If you had claimed that this was an excavated street from Roman times I would have believed you.
It looks very good in the small size but fantastic in the larger version.
PS The note is very interesting too.
carlo62 (19455) 2013-10-16 14:43
lo scatto è molto bello e la tua nota aiuta ad apprezzarlo al meglio, capisco le difficoltà, non è facile come soggetto, ma l'effetto ottenuto è molto bello e interessante.
jcpix (6590) 2013-10-16 19:11
You're not kidding...if I didn't know any better from the location and information provided in your notes, I would never have guessed this to be Ireland! You've had some terrific depictions of the landscape, and big points for originality here...this is an unexpected pleasure.
Really great use of the natural formations to build a strong composition...the large stone jetting out on the diagonal is well placed just off center, while the deeply contrasting "gorge" to the left leads they eye right into the distance. Minimally beautiful! Have a great day ahead. All the best.
Romano46 (11535) 2013-10-17 5:24
a primo impatto la foto appare assai drammatica con la terra spaccata, la vegetazione rada e la luce che incombe forte sulla pietra.
Ma l'Irlanda non è fatta solo di prati e di vallate verdi, ma anche di queste lande sulle quale la forza degli elementi lascia una traccia indelebile.
Assai bello il contrasto tra l'azzurro del cielo e la presenza più aspra della terra.
Ottimi, come tuo solito il trattamento del colore, la nitidezza ed il contrasto.
Un'altra bella testimonianza dell'Irlanda.
Ciao e buona giornata
abmdsudi (32509) 2013-10-17 5:57
A barren limestone pavements landscape on the surface, but extremely fertile in the cracks between the rocks, and a magical mysterious under a fascinating Burren sky. It's nicely balanced compo and the brilliant light and colours, taken from such low pov accentuating the depth immensely. You did really well capturing the essence of the place and it really epitomises the Burren landscape. Awesome rare landscape! Congrats.
ChrisJ (91290) 2013-10-17 20:43
Looks like the ruins of a long lost civilisation! Good sharpness & I like the low shooting angle and superb density levels, sharpness & saturation. That limestone is usually sharp and treacherous to walk on! Tfs and have a great Weekend!
clic (12467) 2013-10-20 15:25
I would have title "The Burren Fault", given the large rift leading attention up to infinity on this bald land fitted to practice four-wheels-driven-jeep rides, question of testing one's own vertebral column on those rigid potholes crowned of glorious skies!