Still on the same day on our scenic drive around County Kilkenny, this is the fortified priory in the small hamlet of Kells. Not to be confused with Kells in County Meath from where the iconic book of Kells origins, this are the ruins of a fortified 12th century priory set in a wide valley with only sheeps as your companions while you discover the ruins. There are no gates or tour guides or anything that disturbes the calm of the ruins with the exemption of the odd dog walker passing by. As to why this priory was that well protected by heavy fortified walls remains a mystery. It was fought over several times by different warlords in the 14th century and abadoned in the 15th century.
The photo is actually a HDR as it was taken just minutes after a heavy downpour with rain and hail.
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brianmcc (6219) 2013-04-10 13:46
this is a lovely view of the irish countryside with a wonderful view of these historic stone walls providing a great focal point. i love the subtle colours and the filtered light.
Kugart (1778) 2013-04-10 16:02
Lovely shot of Kells priory.You done well to get good light at this time of year.The sky is very dramatic and adds a lot to the scene,
All the best
Noel_Byrne (31668) 2013-04-11 7:18
Really nice shot of this priory, and the sky is a real gem to have in the image too! I know it may not have been nice to be pelted with hailstones soon after, but worth it in a way, when the impending hailstorm creates a sky like this as a backdrop to your capture! The shot exudes the sense of calm that you mention in your note, I love how solitary this place feels.
All the best
freakywindow (233) 2013-04-11 11:15
wonderful composition with bright colors.
Silvio1953 (145645) 2013-04-11 12:36
Ciao Daniel, fashinating view of old ruines, superb grey sky, excellent clarity, splendid light and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
jcpix (13930) 2013-04-11 15:23
Had you not mentioned it in your note, I would have never guessed this to be HDR, it looks very natural. Loving the dramatic sky, the color variations are extremely attractive and makes me think this would be more of a summer storm because of the warmer tones. Even with the cloud cover, there is plenty of light to enjoy the simple beauty of the landscape, and of course the remains of the priory. Actually, there is strong color throughout...I think you've really put together quite a splendid image. Thanks for sharing this look from Kells. Have a great day.
All the best,
elenimavrandoni (0) 2013-04-13 11:52
Hello daniel, I really like this cloudy and almost faded image with the beautiful after rain colors and the impressive little ruins!
delpeoples (58600) 2013-04-14 5:55
Hi dear Daniel
This is such a great subject for HDR and your use of it has been very subtle. I think you did really well with the overcast sky and brought out the details and the sense of hostory in the ancient architecture. This is such a famous place, and yet I don't think I've seen a photo of it before.