This is a shot of Hook Head lighthouse which is situated at Hook Peninsula in County Wexford in the Southeast of the country.
The tower pictured is over 800 years old making it the oldest lighthouse in Ireland and one of the oldest in the world. Even though this was constructed in the 12th century, there has been a tradition of a beacon light at this place since the 5th century when a light was put in place here by Dubhán, a missionary to the area. It is a corruption of Dubhán that gives the area its name, as the similar sounding Irish word 'duán' means fish hook, so the area came to be known as its English translation of Hook Head.
Its exact date of construction is under some dispute but some scholars believe it dates to 1172 when it was constructed after the Norman invasion to provide a beacon and a fortress for the approach to the city of Waterford.
After its construction, its day to day running was handed to the monks of the Priory of Saint Augustine in Ross. Through the centuries, its ownership changed hands a number of times. During the English civil war, the monks abandoned the area and the loss of this beacon was felt by all seafaring people. Thus in 1665 the lighthouse was reopened along with the construction of six new lighthouses around the Irish coast. It has remained in active service since 1667.
The lighthouse was opened to the public as a tourist attraction in 2001, and Hook Head is listed in the Lonely Planet guide as one of the flashiest in the world, and as the Great Granddaddy of all lighthouses.
Hook head is an interesting area with a number of tourist attractions. Other nearby sites to visit include Loftus Hall (one of the most haunted houses in Ireland) and the Templar Church - ruins of a church founded by the famous order and featuring a number of Templar gravestones in its cemetery.
The phrase Blood is thicker than Water is in evidence here at Hook Head too, but not for family connection reasons. In the days when this lighthouse was built, it was common to mix the bonding agents with animal blood to thicken the mixture, and before being repainted, the blood was clearly visible in the walls.
Thanks for looking!
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serp2000 (44077) 2013-06-23 6:44
Hi, Noel, my Sunday neighbor,
I have often think why the lighthouses are so popular here. Probably cause they have got very positive images, it is very attractive symbol of a big hope. Good contrast so blue sky and grey rocks.
Greetings from hot town!
Romano46 (18472) 2013-06-23 7:29
una foto eccellente di un soggetto ricco di suggestione.
Un faro antichissimo come leggo nelle tue note anche se dall'aspetto sembra essere stato costruito da poco. Forse è l'effetto della livrea bianco e nera. Fatto sta che il soggetto è ricco di fascino ed inserito in un ambiente altamente suggestivo.
Nel fotografarlo hai approfittato di una bella giornata ricca di luce e di colori che ancr più ha permesso di esaltarne l'imponenza.
Una bella composizione perfetta in ogni dettaglio per la quale ti fraccio i miei complimenti.
Ciao e buona domenica
snunney (98337) 2013-06-23 7:45
A well composed shot featuring this attractive looking lighthouse. The sky and the light it engenders are both very appealing. Excellent technical presentation.
dta (77606) 2013-06-23 7:52
Hello Noel ,
A superb view of this massive light house . The sky is really beautiful , contrasting so well with the dark rocks in the FG .
Fis2 (96849) 2013-06-23 8:04
Good POV and composition.
I like colors and sharpness.
HAve a nice afternoon
carlo62 (47549) 2013-06-23 10:08
ne ha viste molte di tempeste questo faro, è molto antico e si mantiene ancora molto bene.
Bella composizione e bei colori, mi piace il taglio e la presenza delle persone, mi stai facendo sempre più amare la tua terra, un giorno verrò a trovarti.
chrisvek (7001) 2013-06-23 10:18
That's a very well composed image with splendid symmetry and details.Very good POV and colors.Awesome result.
Have a nice day
Royaldevon (38522) 2013-06-23 10:24
This is a splendid shot of the old lighthouse, which is sharp and stands out strongly, with its black and white rings and touches of red, against the blue and white of the sky.
The rugged rock strata makes a fine prelude to the lighthouse.
Hope you have had a good Sunday,
jcpix (13916) 2013-06-23 18:58
Amazing to think that this is over 800 years old, I bet this 'ol lady has some stories to tell! This one looks more stout than most, almost like the inspiration for the design was from a fire hydrant!? Really liking the colors in this shot, the flat black stripes work so well against that blue sky and red railing up top. The composition is strong too, the towers placement in the frame is ideal and allows the foreground to expand out a bit, adding to the contrast. Lighthouse's always evoke such great atmosphere, the crashing waves from the sea and the activity that surrounds the environment usually feels pretty lively.
Very interesting notes about this place and some of the sites near by, blood stained walls and haunted houses....sounds like it's right in your wheelhouse! :) Have a good one.
Best regards from the desert,
jjcordier (79297) 2013-06-23 22:36
Une bonne photo de ce phare au diamètre impressionnant et qui se détache bien sur le beau ciel du moment.
delpeoples (57716) 2013-06-24 2:12
Oooh la la! What a beautiful and unspoilt seascape you've captured along with this stunning old lighthouse. 800 years just boggles my mind, and that it is still standing after the centuries of smashing waves and sea spray. The textures of the rocks are really stunning. You composed it superbly, with the line of the coast starting at the right hand foreground corner. You contrasted the colours beautiful and evened out the sky very cleverly.
Thanks for sharing, have a lovely day
pajaran (60131) 2013-06-24 13:52
Vrlo interesantan i dobar tekst o kuli svetionika, sa datim podacima i istorijom ...
Dobar trenutak snimka, kontrast, lepe boje.
Dobra kompozicija, lepo pokazano mesto i trenutak sa oblacima.
Prijatno vece i sve najbolje u novoj nedelji koja je pocela.
Very interesting and good article on the lighthouse tower, with the given data and history ...
A good time recording, contrast, beautiful colors.
Good composition, nice place and moment shown to the clouds.
Good evening and all the best in the new week that started.
ACL1978 (7511) 2013-06-24 16:26
I find it amazing, Noel, that this lighthouse was a product of the 12th century when in many ways it looks modern enough to be a product of the 20th. This is a huge structure, and I can see why it has become a popular tourist spot. The low angle here is really nice, accentuating the height and impressive size of the building itself. Beautiful clouds and sky too!
jhm (152314) 2013-06-25 3:23
Thank you very much for your interesting notes about these lighthouse.
Lovely contrast picture with the dark foreground and nice light cloudy sky.
You placed the lighthouse excellent to the left.
Excellent composition, lovely colours, best presentation.
Very well done, TFS.
rbassin (22757) 2013-06-25 12:07
une superbe prise de vue, avec un bon POV.
Le phare est impressionnant dans ce ciel si particulier.
ourania (45088) 2013-06-25 13:33
what a beautiful and fascinating picture and what a captivating note! It's amazing that this impressive lighthouse stands there since the Normans' era and that it serves the seafearers continuously since 1667! You chose a superb upward point of view for your composition that includes the rugged rocks and a glimpse of the sea, makes the lighthouse look even more imposing and places it against a marvellous dramatic backdrop that matches its long history so well. I like very much how you've combined soft lighting and strong colours. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great evening,
photoray (13981) 2013-06-25 17:04
Your view combines all the necessary elements, ancient lighthouse, turbulent sea, rocky foundation and offset by fluffy clouds, all in fine resolution and brilliant coloring.
rogerl (1616) 2013-06-25 18:48
Noel, this is a beautifully clear shot of this lovely lighthouse. Great sky with nice light on the house and the rocks. Including the rocks in foreground and to the right really gives us a feel of the isolation of this spot. Thanks.
kordinator (20517) 2013-06-26 1:07
Fantastic composed imge with lovely colors.
Nice positioned lighthouse and lovely stone.
Impressive cloudy sky.
rigoletto (34279) 2013-06-26 10:44
irish versions of world wonders... first you showed the hanging gardens of babylon, now comes the lighthouse of alexandria. next, i expect to see a mausoleum or colossus (hadrian's wall will also do) :)
well, actually the wonderful barn looked older. they really took well care of the lighthouse. maybe you also have a night photo with lights on?
nikkitta (17066) 2013-06-26 15:21
Imposing lighthouse, imposing POV, good composition
Like the contrast with beautiful sky
I add your photo to the group Lighthouses
fabbs99 (17165) 2013-06-26 23:05
Another great Lighthouse shot from the coast of Ireland.I like the black and white color combination of the Lighthouse as well as the rocky surroundings.Very well captured.Pleasant colors and an interesting note.
Have a great day,
mjw364 (850) 2013-06-27 10:34
This is an impressive shot of an impressive looking lighthouse! Makes me want to go there in a storm and try to catch it with all the waves crashing all over it! I bet those two people on the rocks woudl not be there if the weather like that!
Interesting note too. Similarly the Liver building in Liverpool used the blood of dead slaves in a similar way as it was being constructed.
krzychu30 (15512) 2013-06-27 12:18
I´m sorry,that I did not menage to comment this beautiful picture earlier,but I´m really busy at work in the last few weeks.
Lighouses are magnificent objects to photograph-and this particular one looks amazing painted in black&white stripes.Your presentation of the scene appeals to me much.I like the fact,that you captured also a part of the shoreline(these black cliffs look magnificent) as well as the couple on the verge of the cliff.They look maybe tiny from this distance,but they are in my opinion crucial for the scene and its atmosphere.
Wish You all the best
mkamionka (36258) 2013-06-30 23:43
I had the pleasure to visit this wonderful place twice and even have some photos of it on TE. Always fascinating. This is one of the most extraordinary lighthouses I have ever seen. After that one can really get interested with the subject. You had a great weather with blue sky nicely decorated with some clouds. People on the edge of the cliff help to imagine the scale.
Very well done!
kim_gwan (418) 2013-07-05 4:46
Look behind your back, LOL
I dont know how far you have to step back in order to frame this excellent lighthouse shot.
You took it from a very nice perspective as though you just came out to the shore from fishing.
I thought i can see two tiny people there!
eldancer1 (36343) 2013-07-06 9:43
Beautiful capture of this lighthouse especially with the clouds in the background. Nice to have the people for scale. Good lighting and nice details. Wonderful colors. Well done, tfs.
Miguel82 (27674) 2013-10-24 6:26
I like the painting of that lighthouse Noel, the sea is rough on the rocky coast of that place
Excellent resolution, nice colors and framing, amazing clouds that day, all the best, good afternoon
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- Copyright: Noel Byrne (Noel_Byrne) (31008)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2012-08-04
- Categories: Daily Life, Transportation, Architecture
- Camera: Canon EOS 60D
- Exposure: f/10.0, 1/250 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Lighthouses / Phares [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2013-06-23 6:25