Pictured here is a scene from the miners village at the western end of the Upper Lake at Glendalough, Co Wicklow.
Glendalough itself sits on a divide between granite and mica bedrock, and veins of metal formed between the two rock types. Principally it was lead that was found, and this village was home to the men who mined this material.
The mine ran on and off for over 150 years, but last saw inhabitants in 1965. At this place stands the remains of many of the buildings of this miners village. The ruins are standing among the spoil heaps of the old disused mines and the view of these ruins, the heaps, the marsh, cliffs, lake and piles of scree makes for a quite dramatic landscape. Some old mine machinery still dots the landscape too, rusting away in the damp mountain air.
I was amazed that these ruins dated to as late as 1965, as they are in a very decayed condition. I guess with the constant rain which seems ever present in this park, it does not take long for man made structures to fall apart. At 5.45 in the morning when I took this, its a very lonely and desolate place, 8KM from the car park where the path to this place begins.
The routes through this place are color coded so that walkers can easily follow signs for the paths that lead the way most suitable to their experience. The path leading to this place is the pink route, and one of the easiest available. Some more experienced walkers may prefer the 139km trek known as the Wicklow Way which traverses the entire park.
Its a beautiful and soggy part of Ireland.
Dedicated to Craig (Macjake), a fellow fan of spooky ruined abandoned places!
Thanks for looking!
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Fis2 (90729) 2014-06-13 14:17
A very interesting place.
Excellent colors and frame.
I like it.
carlo62 (39591) 2014-06-13 14:56
in effetti sembrano resti molto pių antichi, č incredibile vedere dei resti dell'antica Roma mantenersi molto meglio di questi.
La luce non ti ha favorito, ma hai ottenuto un ottimo risultato.
photoray (13719) 2014-06-13 16:16
Atmospheric view of the Miners Village which appears to be returning to Mother Earth from which it came.
Would enjoy strolling here and soaking in the history and surrounding Nature.
Thanks for sharing,
jcpix (13820) 2014-06-13 19:35
I could easily give points for referencing that alone in your last note...I literally laughed out loud with a big, stupid grin. :)
Now, points for this beauty picture as well...and yep, something right up Craig's alley. Whoa, that doesn't sound right...but you know what I mean!? lol
I'm amazed at how much light there is at this hour, especially under the cloud cover, but I think it sure helps enrich the natural tones of the ruins and landscape. Combined with your well managed exposure, all of the fine detail and texturing really stands out.
The effects of rain can certainly be damaging. Believe it or not, they really wreak some havoc around these parts...when we get some anyway!? The problem being that it all comes at once!
What can I say, another strong composition my friend. There's a smooth flow from front to back, taking us all on a little journey through these ruins under the atmospheric skies and aura of the old village. If only these walls could talk, and maybe they do?? Boo! :) Have a great weekend. Take care.
Cheers from the sunny side,
emka (87416) 2014-06-13 22:50
Craig has got beautiful photo from you :). You must haver started hiking in the dark, when you took this picture so early in the morning, already after 8 km of walking. But it was well worth of the effort, very nice ruins and of course no one here, who else could be so crazy. Excellent shot.
Have a nice weekend
chawax (19946) 2014-06-14 0:21
I can recognize these ruins, I've been there a few years ago and enjoyed my walk in this wonderful valley ! You had not great weather conditions (well, just irish ones actually !) but the composition is very well balanced with the ruins outcentered and the rocks in the foreground adding depth. Interesting note too.
Have a nice week end,
danos (91014) 2014-06-14 3:47
moody the environment fom the miners village in ruins,with the last habitans to lived there in 1965,that dominating the scene.After a 150 yeas of life the only we see ae these stone walls and nothing more.
Have a good weekend,Danos
ourania (37252) 2014-06-14 6:44
what an interesting place with the ruins so integrated to the landscape, they will become one with it one day. I've seen ruins like these on Leros too but they were caused by the bombardments of 1943. It's striking what time and humidity have done to these buildings which have been abandoned for just a few decades. The sky, the light and the colours have given a heavy, dramatic mood to this view. Sharpness and depth are excellent and your composition is very intriguing and inviting. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely weekend,
SnapRJW (31627) 2014-06-14 8:28
Hello Noel - An abandoned mine, a great place to explore, we have several in Namibia but sadly not in such lovely surroundings as these.
A moody shot, well composed with good detail. Pity about the weather although I guess it adds a stamp of authenticity! The white balance looks a little off and I hope you don't mind me doing a quick little WS.
Hope your having a super weekend.
GyurMaster (1225) 2014-06-14 12:57
omid266 (6700) 2014-06-14 21:19
what interesting corner in a village and the person who found this wonderful place to discover the Heritages of his country,
very nice captured this monuments,excellent sharpness,
very well done and Thanks!
abmdsudi (47490) 2014-06-15 22:49
A fine infor shot definitely makes us wonder what this was like in it's hey-day with the ruined building lurking in the background! Excellent composition and darker effect adds to the desolate feel and a bit of surreal mysterious feel on which your pp extremely suits the mood very well. Excellent camera work, Congrats.
macjake (62252) 2014-06-16 10:11
haha...here it is!
cool place indeed.
I couldn't imagine walking the 139km yikes! I think I'll stay to the 8km than you very much!
So I take it the mines are out of bounds, that would be too dangerous to wander in and out of.
love seeing the abandoned places and fallen stonework, beauty comes in all shapes and sizes, this is my type of beauty. I'd love to walk around this place.
Much appreciated post Noel, thanks a lot!
Periko (3890) 2014-06-16 17:04
Well shown scenery and good note as well.
The atmosphere is a bit dark, perhaps because of the cloudy sky or the hour you took the photo.
delpeoples (55210) 2014-06-16 22:16
A place that looks to be full of ghosties n ghoulies. In fact, I can imagine some old ghost miners sitting back watching you calmly and curiously with your with your new-fangled camera, thinking what's he at? A place that is full of atmosphere and expectation. Those poor hills on the left, with all their minerals taken, look so barren and empty. I wonder sadly if that land will ever recover. Your note makes me a little sad knowing that the poor people who relied and worked on this land had their entire existence - and home - change because the land ran out if iron. Reminiscent of the coal mine communities in Britain after thatcher got her claws into them.
Cheers Noel, this is a really intriguing post. And thank you for your support of the Reef. It is very much appreciated
siudzi (34141) 2014-06-20 11:36
An interesting place as well as your image. Like these special cold tones which helped to create an amazing moody scene. Well seen and composed with a great level of details. Well done!
Have a nice weekend!
Kamilutka (8105) 2014-06-26 5:52
very well taken picture. I like how the bits of the miners village have been composed into this pretty mountain landscape adding very much to it. The choice of POV was very good and offered us really nice perspective. The colors despite the lack of sun have quite vivid tones and the lush green grass peeking through the ruins brings some life to the scene.
Thanks for sharing