The title bears no resemblance to my experience on TE so please don’t think it is a ‘side-swipe’ at the site! The beginning of the month marked my 3 years here and this is my 500th upload. Thank you all for your encouragement and support, it has kept me faithful and focused.
Poulnabrone, an ancient portal dolman is probably one of the most photographed in southern Ireland, situated in The Burren and close to a road, it is easy to access. This has advantages and disadvantages as it can be difficult to photograph it without other visitors appearing in the shot. Early morning or late in the day would be the ideal times to go there; we were there fairly late in the afternoon but the atmosphere was not as dramatic as I would have liked. The other difficulty is getting in really close to the tomb; it is roped off to stop people climbing all over it, it would be easy to get across this through if nobody is about.
Poulanabrone” (Poll na mBrón in Irish) is translated as “the Hole of the Sorrows.” While we cannot know what were the particular sorrows that inspired the name, we do know, from its 1986 excavation, that the jumbled bones of 22 individuals—16 adults and 6 children—were entombed here just 25 cm (9.8 in) below the surface. Much later, in the Bronze Age (c. 1700 BCE) an infant was buried just outside the tomb. Archaeologists believe that the tomb continued to be used for rituals well into the Iron Age. The grykes under the tomb, in addition to hiding the bones, also held grave goods including beads, an axe, pottery shards, and a decorated bone pendant.
The tall portal stones are each 1.8 m (5.9 ft) high, holding up the front of the immense 3.6 m by 2.1 m (2 by 7 ft) capstone on an angle sloping down to the rear of the tomb. A shallow cairn helped to brace the structure. There is a broken “sill-stone” at the entrance that once may have reached up to the capstone, thus closing off the burial chamber. One of the portal stones had to be replaced in 1988 when its deterioration threatened to collapse the monument; an additional orthostat was then added for support.
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Angshu (52966) 2013-10-23 1:45
Hello dear Rosemary!
Pleasure to have my picture sitting next to yours today!
I liked your first couple of lines in the note...but I have to say that as a photographer I reserve my highest respects for you...you are one of those up there...who continue inspire me as a photographer!
A fascinating note to this picture...the ancient structure which dominates the frame.
snunney (73032) 2013-10-23 1:58
Firstly congratulations on 500 postings and three years on TE! The accompanying note tells a fascinating and poignant story. I like the point of view and the lighting, which is helped by that pleasant cloud strewn sky. The light and shadow contrasts add a touch of mystery to the scene, which is very appropriate to the subject. Superb rendering of the textural detail.
krzychu30 (12859) 2013-10-23 2:19
First of all-My best Congratulations to your round anniversary Rosemary!
This one is a magnificent choice for this special occasion and really great example of your photographic skills.
What I like here the most is the light,which saturate the colors so beautifully.Second thing is really excellent clarity and sharpness of the image.I don´t mention too often about these two features,but here they are remarkable(especially FG with the grass).
Have a nice day
danos (78330) 2013-10-23 2:33
congratulations on your 500th uploaded photos in the site,with this to be the landmark of your photos.Excellent the light and the colour management of the image with the quality of this section of Poulnabrone to be unique.Excellent presentation.
papagolf21 (79762) 2013-10-23 2:33
Bonjour, chère Rosemary,
Félicitations pour cette 500e publication. De plus, nous avons le droit à une image de toute beauté. Le sujet est parfaitement présenté et digne d'intérêt.
Très bonne journée et très bonne continuation sur TE.
Highmountains (2253) 2013-10-23 2:37
Congratulations for your 500th ! 500 splendid posts in 3 years is awesome indeed.
This is more than a documentation of a historically significant site. The beauty of the photograph is in its vivid colours - green, blue, brown and grey... The clarity and sharpness of the subject and its surroundings are splendid. From the photograph, it certainly isn't possible to deduce that so much excavation has take place (and so much research!). The stone slabs stand out on almost flat ground. The Blue skies with some low white and grey clouds add to the romance of the scene.
Thanks for sharing & wishing for many more excellent posts in future.
josepmarin (56581) 2013-10-23 3:01
my congratulations for your 500th photo published here, in a prolific work during a bit more of 3 years.
I like the beauty of this ancient site and the nice play of the light and the shades on its old stones, in a very sharp and luminous image.
The quality of the colours enhances the global quality of the composition.
A superb work, and I wait for other 500 more.
Sergiom (45842) 2013-10-23 4:33
Voici une belle étape d'atteinte. 500 photos , ce n'est pas rien. Et tu célèbres en beauté avec cette composition. L'endroit est mythique, la lumière qui joue bien avec les ombres et ce ciel parfait.
timecapturer (37412) 2013-10-23 5:07
your contributions to this site are not just interesting but of the highest quality. Love the light in this one it makes the significance of this place all the more sensual and compelling. Keep them coming and thanks for all the kind words and interest you have shown in my work. Always appreciated.
SNOOP_Chan (3664) 2013-10-23 6:36
Hello Rosemary, very nice image here. Good angle on the shot. The saturation is just perfect, i love that green. Interesting megalitic feature. Congrats on your numbers here on TE!
dta (57008) 2013-10-23 7:45
First , congratulations for your 500 posts on TE .
And this is a superb one for the event . I know , by experience , that it is not easy to take pictures of megalitic monuments . You've did it perfectly , with the best choice of angle of view , framing and lighting , with teh bonus of a splendid sky .
Nicou (106237) 2013-10-23 9:33
toutes mes félicitation pour ce 500ème psote et il est merveilleux quelle vue et iamge quell roche et compo sueprbe captage et vue grandiose.
Bravo et amitié
holmertz (31552) 2013-10-23 10:37
Your photos from Ireland continue to surprise me. I must have been badly prepared for my journey, because I was not aware of this place either. Maybe I am excused because it was 45 years ago. This is simple construction but no less magnificent and one of those that could set my imagination spinning. I love the contrasts and colours and the way this seems to be standing somewhere in the middle of nowhere.
Romano46 (11871) 2013-10-23 11:24
innanzi tutto auguri per la tua 500° fotografia. Un bel record anche perchè le tue non sono foto banali messe tanto per fare numero, ma ciascuna di esse racconta una storia e denota una gran cura nella ripresa e nella formazione della composizione.
Anche in questo megalite si nota questa tua particolarità , tanto che la composizione non solo è perfetta ma è anche caratterizzata da una luce particolarmente brillante e da colori molto ben distribuiti .
Una splendita foto per il tuo 500 scatto proposto in TE ed una certezza che ce ne saranno ancora tanti, tutti belli e splendenti al pari di questa e delle altre che l'hanno preeceduta.
Ciao e buona serata
ktanska (22744) 2013-10-23 11:47
Interesting to see that both you and Lisa present dolmen, a structure that wasn't familiar to me before. And they have so completely different light, this one showing conditions that look more familiar from your savannah shots!
Amazing place, lovely weather and good contrasty sidelight.
Kamilutka (3738) 2013-10-23 12:34
congratulations on your anniversary picture :-) Very nicely taken and the picture of the rough and chunky portal has been somehow softened by the pretty clouds which add a lot of interest. Lovely light and colors, great contrast and perfect sharpness.
Thanks for sharing
Kugart (1776) 2013-10-23 12:48
Many congratulations on your 500th.
This is a very nice shot of the dolman at the Burren in Co Clare. The nice low angle you have taken the shot from against the blue sky, the colours and the clarity in the picture make a beautiful presentation. Many thanks.
PaulVDV (17485) 2013-10-23 19:19
Congratulations with your 500th post on TE!
You've taken this dolmen from a good angle with the light falling from an excellent side. This creates some contrast on the stones.
Very nice colours of the landscape and the sky.
Great sharp capture!
Best regards, Paul
jjcordier (67562) 2013-10-23 23:02
Bravo et merci pour ces splendides 500 photos que tu nous as offertes!
Un dolmen remarquable, superbement photographié.
dkmurphys (42699) 2013-10-24 0:45
Nice image to celebrate your 500th post. I like the colors and the contrasts. Well taken, to many many posts!
Silvio1953 (105966) 2013-10-24 1:44
Ciao Rosemary, congratulations for your 500th post on TE, great view of fantastic monument, superb sky, wonderful pastel colors and splendid light, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
subhendu_bagchi (21364) 2013-10-24 4:35
wow, you are in the century too. Congrats on your 5th century. Great sharp presentation. Love the vibrant colours. Nicely balanced light. Great composition to celebrate this milestone. Thanks.
Noel_Byrne (13666) 2013-10-24 5:16
I know you had mentioned that you visiting this place, and I am so glad that you managed a capture like this, its a stunning photo of such an ancient place. The strong light has cast a cool shadow inside the tomb, and that sky is a dramatic one, blue and beautiful, but with those clouds and threats of rain that give this shot an absolutely Irish feel. Beautiful work on this, and a top class note.
Congrats also on No. 500, thats a lot of sharing the world, and from m point of view, its hugely appreciated.
All the best
marabu61 (5879) 2013-10-24 7:00
First let me congratulate you on your 500th upload, quite an achievement in three years only.
So this is what Poulnabrone looks like in good weather, quite impressive too. As mentioned before, we had a windy, rain swept day with temperatures around the freezing point when visiting this. It had the advantage though of being the only souls around for miles and the dolmen looked quite dramatic in those conditions.
I enjoy your whole Ireland series tremendously, so keep them coming.
bayno (18338) 2013-10-24 9:16
Hello Rosemary, congratulations for your 500 th post,
you've chose a gorgeous photo , the light was fantastic and managed in superlative manner, the details are amazing and the location is really a milestone, how much history would have to tell these stones, even the color rendition is outstanding but the colors are natural, excellet work...
my best wishes.....
nikkitta (9179) 2013-10-24 18:34
My congratulations for your 500th photo on TE during a bit more than 3 years
Interesting note to precede the capture of the stones slabs and the shadows they produced, like this old places full of so very old story
All the best from Argentina
rogerl (1156) 2013-10-25 6:01
Rosemary, congratulations on your 500th post! I love your photos, and you've taught me a lot. Thanks for your constructive and insightful comments.
This is a beautifully sharp shot of this site. Nice angle, largely keeping modern artifacts out of the shot (except for the bit of fence at right, and a couple of very distracting utility poles in the distance - why can't people keep photographers in mind when building things?) This POV also gives us a great view of the construction of the monument. Wonderful greens against the browns of the monolith. Thanks.
siudzi (27869) 2013-10-25 11:32
First, let me thank you so much for your kind words submitted to my today post. It means a lot to me and I am extremely thankful for that.
This picture submitted as your 500th posting is really amazing! Vibrant and intensive tones as well as classy composition made the scene perfectly. All taken so well with your unique style and great sense of beauty. Bravo! Superb work!
williewhistler (9977) 2013-10-25 13:04
the low view point has helped to emphasise the grandeur of the Dolman,you have even managed to show detail on the bottom of the covering stone,no mean task on a bright sunny day.
A fine note to accompany a fine photograph.
Belated congrats on 500.Well done.
Best regards Les.
brianmcc (5832) 2013-10-25 13:06
congratulations on reaching such an impressive landmark with your 500th picture on TE. this is a fantastic picture. you have framed it perfectly to give this dolmen a very impressive appearance. the colours are wonderful in the light. your notes are also very informative.
macjake (45832) 2013-10-25 22:49
I could have sworn i commented on this photo already...i must be losing my mind.
great story and history linked to this subject.
and actually, I'd be happy with this atmosphere but it sounds like you were not too pleased with it?
love the clouds, it makes the shot that much better in my humble opinion.
I enjoy seeing the textures and grains in the stone, remarkable clarity overall.
A pure piece of history.
congrats on #500, whats the next 500 going to bring? haha
see you around
Graal (92308) 2013-10-26 3:22
congratulations on your 500th post in TE!
Amazing ruins of stone construction, interesting informations in note. Unusual place in Ireland. Well presentation.
Have a nice WE.
ourania (18956) 2013-10-26 10:24
congratulations on your 3 years and 500 photos on TE! Your work on pictures and notes is wonderful and your comments always constructive and useful. I wish you all the best for your future travels and work!
Your subject here is fascinating, you chose a great point of view from which we can appreciate many aspects of it. The textures make the view feel real and the chromatic contrasts are very attractive. I like the dynamism of the perspectives and the clouds as well as the drama brought in by the rich afternoon light and the shadows. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great weekend,
mesutilgim (73164) 2013-10-26 10:40
First of all congratulations to you 500th entry at TE !
This entry is with it's photographic qualifications and many interesting notes a "topclass" TE entry.
TFS and have a nice weekend
delpeoples (48886) 2013-10-26 21:13
Oh wow, I love this to bits - not just in terms of the subject matter, which you know is one of my favourites, but also the high quality of the photo itself. And what a way to celebrate your 500th photo. The colours literally jump out of the monitor out of you, the position of the dolmen is well-chosen and works well with the low POV. The clouds also add another impressive element. Top shot, and once again, congratulations.
macondo (18461) 2013-10-26 22:06
Well, I missed it on the day it was posted, but congratulations on reaching this milestone. I notice only a few details representing modern civilisation in this picture. You found a good angle of view which made excellent use of the shadows, and your exposure controlled the very bright highlights pretty well. Somehow, your succeeding photo seems more suggestive of Ireland in terms of colour and light (it always rained when I went there), but there's no doubt stone constructions like this are very redolent of Ireland and Britain.
As I said in my words on your latest photo, the high res version is a very appropriate size. Well, it fits on my screen anyway, and so many don't.
ChrisJ (91360) 2013-10-31 6:58
Same dolman structures as in Korea (which few people know has the most dolmans of any country in the world) but oh what a very different blue sky! The air pollution from China nearby means that skies are usually white in South Korea rather than this glorious deep blue. Plus the punchy light contrasts instead of the diffused light. Good sharpness and tfs!
mkamionka (27187) 2013-11-03 12:29
You had a really great luck with good weather in Ireland. The light was fantastic here and you have made a perfect use of it. I like the strong shadows which give the photo a 3D feeling and depth, I like the strong saturated colors which are really eye catching and yet everything so natural without over processing. Fantastic sky too. You made a jaw dropping reportage from Ireland,
Didi (51415) 2013-12-16 9:28
Great picture for the occasion
Your point of view shows us the volume of the table
Very good lights ambiance