On a recent trip to North Dublin and looking across from our hotel is this unique looking building standing on its own on the seaward side of the road.
Overlooking the beach this "martello tower" was originally built in 1805 to defend the coastline against attack from the sea by the forces of Napoleon Bonaparte.There were a total of 74 of these towers built in Ireland by the English mainly along the east and south coast.After the Napoleonic Wars ended many of these towers were converted into private residences.
A castlelated roof has been added to this one with some extra windows to let in more light.
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Royaldevon (21367) 2013-08-22 7:25
That Napoleon seems to have got everywhere!
This is a lovely shot, the shadowy headland giving way to a sunlit, rocky shore and the tower, very strongly positioned on the thirds line. The colours and the textures are delightful.
Your viewpoint anchors the f/g well and there is a fine sense of depth to the island, in the distance.
Have a great day,
ourania (18506) 2013-08-22 7:59
a very lovely and intriguing place. Your composition is excellent, the martello tower is superbly placed in the frame with all the perspectives leading to it. It's nicely framed by the clouds too. There's only a detail I noticed because I take pictures of the sea so often, the horizon is tilting very slightly to the left. The textures and the colours are so attractive, the coast is inviting and the tower makes a captivating focal point in a very pleasant context. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely day,
Miguel82 (14332) 2013-08-22 8:34
A sky with such color and this light is rare in Ireland Arthur, I like the coastline view with a lighthouse, clear shot with excellent colors, regards
Noel_Byrne (13204) 2013-08-22 8:58
Lovely, really lovely presentation on this. To be honest, i find the Martello towers quite ugly normally, but this one looks like a home, and the white windows soften the harsh concrete really well. The light is falling perfectly across the scene. A beautiful sky and beach too. Thanks for sharing this unique scene.
All the best
Sonata11 (31197) 2013-08-22 21:27
wonderfully execute this picture. I like the architecture. Great management of colors, sharpness, clarity, beautiful light. Very beautiful sky. Well done. I like it.
carlo62 (19313) 2013-08-23 0:20
ottima composizione, interessante la torre e bello il pov dal basso, quasi al livello del mare.
Mi sembra che il mare sia leggermente pendente a sinistra.
claudeD (26906) 2013-08-23 1:34
very fine seaside picture showing this wonderful calm view with excellent colors and a fine composition. I like the view very much.Excellent contribution to TE.TFS.
With regards from Luxembourg
ikeharel (43877) 2013-08-23 2:36
Hello Arthur, I was about to say this looks as a guarding tower, than red the note s mentioned the 74 similar towers.
Good perspective along the rocky sea-shore, the nowadays house on the seafront has contributed fine scale on image space, and under good daylight that enhances colors and clarity. Fina taken.
jhm (127883) 2013-08-23 4:47
Your picture is absolutely nice, alone one small mistake.
Try in future always your sea line the make nice horizontal, also 1/3 & 2/3 are the best of this type pictures.
Panoramic view with depth and perspective.
Sharpness and clarity make these picture very attractive
Very well composition, TFS.
Have a nice weekend,
Cricri (92041) 2013-08-23 10:02
Un paysage sauvage, bien composer avec la tour près de la mer, les couleurs sont magnifiques, tout comme la lumière, une de ces journées ou le ciel est superbe, ce qui n'est pas toujours le cas en Irlande
pajaran (41591) 2013-08-23 11:31
Interesantan tekst o mestu i kuli, sa datim podacima ...
Lep pogled i trenutak sa oblacima.
Dobra kompozicija i perspektiva, lepa panorama.
Dobar rad, lep pokazano mesto sa kulom.
Prijatno vece i sve najbolje za vikend.
An interesting article about the place and the tower, with the given data ...
Nice view and the moment the clouds.
Good composition and perspective, beautiful panorama.
Good work, beautiful place with the tower shown.
Good evening and all the best for the weekend.
mcmtanyel (5143) 2013-08-23 18:19
One thing I can't get used to, even after 30+ years of seeing it is the magnitude of the tide along the oceans. Having grown up around the Mediterranean, I cannot fathom the prospect of your beach towel and flip flops going out into the ocean when you leave them on dry ground.
A pleasant photo to look at, with nice colors, excellent sharpness, good composition. It's so "real" that it gives me the willies I get whenever I am near exposed sea floor.
Didi (51253) 2013-08-24 9:58
Martello, hammer in English Very original name for this tower
Very good lights ambiance
It's possible to correct the horizon tilt
Silvio1953 (105343) 2013-08-27 11:45
Ciao Arthur, great view of lovely tower, fantastic sky, excellent clarity, wonderful colors and splendid light, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
SnapRJW (23510) 2013-10-31 10:07
Hello Arthur - We saw a Martello Tower when we were in Ireland recently but not re-vamped like this one. I would love to see what this looks like inside. What an exposed location to live in, superb on a day like the one pictured here but I bet the place gets buffeted in a storm! A lovely shot, taken under the finest weather conditions with an authentic Irish feel. Warm regards Rosemary