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This panoramic view of Belfast was taken from the Middle Braniel Road, to the south of the city, on the Castlereagh Hills.
The Braniel estate is the area visible at the bottom of the fields and is where I grew up (5-18y/o).
I lived in a house near the large block of flats - to the left of the 'golf course' - Shandon Park Golf Club - you can just about see the 3 long fairways.
If you look at the top of the flats you can see the rugby fields and athletic track of Grosvenor Grammar School (my secondary school) and Orangefield High School. [I have posted a more detailed photo of this area as a workshop.]
The large white building on the right, in the distance, is Stormont - home of the Northern Ireland Assembly.
This is my first posting since I returned from a 4-week trip to the UK (incl. Belfast, Bristol and London). It was my first trip back in 6 years and my children's first!
More UK photos to follow ...
Tech: Used AutoStitch to stitch together 4 photos. Auto level and contrast in PS and save for web under 400KB (54% quality).
=== Geographical information ===
Belfast is situated at the south-western end of Belfast Lough, a long natural inlet ideal for the shipping trade that made the city famous, and near the mouth of the River Lagan.
To the north of Belfast are the Glens of Antrim in County Antrim, and to the south, the Castlereagh Hills in County Down.
Overlooking the city are Divis Mountain, Black Mountain and Cavehill while to the east lies Belfast Lough.
The city straddles the County Antrim and County Down boundary.
In the 2001 census the population within the city limits (Belfast Urban Area) was 276,459, while 579,276 people lived in the Greater Belfast area or Belfast Metropolitan Urban Area.
=== Other interesting facts ===
At the last census, Northern Ireland had the youngest population in the United Kingdom. Belfast has a population of 600,000, one in 12 of whom are students at Queens or Ulster Universities. There are cultural festivals throughout the year.
Northern Irish pupils consistently achieve the best results at GCSE and A-Level.
'In the past 10 years, Belfast has really changed. There's much less security presence and it feels safer,' says Tricia Magee, co-ordinator of youth newspaper Children's Express. 'There's a self belief among teenagers and many people who left in their twenties are now coming back.'
A recent Europe-wide survey found Belfast residents were more content with their lives than those of any other UK city.
'The first thing teenagers used to save for was a ticket out,' says 21-year-old bartender Sinead Donnelly. 'Now it's more likely to be a deposit on a flat.'
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Didi (57724) 2006-08-21 12:57
The familly who lives in this white house has a nice chance to have this very nice view.
The stitch is very well done and I appreciate much the sharpeness.
thank's to show us this town in this different composition.
Albrecht (11281) 2006-08-21 13:06
Beautiful scene;wondeful colours and sky of the panoramic view.
-greetings Albrecht -
Gustaw (21670) 2006-08-21 13:09
Very interesting panoramic photo from Belfast. Photo have good conception. Have nice colours. Specially I like sky and green colour.
bethel (359) 2006-08-21 13:10
Nice to see a panoramic view of Belfast from a different direction. I love how close Belfast is to the countryside and your photo really makes this clear. I also like the contrasting colours between the sky, the grass and the city. Good work!
Voltri (1775) 2006-08-21 13:21
Andrew, thanks for wonderful photo!
nwoehnl (122) 2006-08-21 14:09
Hi Andrew, good to see a new one from you and nice to learn that you managed a family trip back to your "roots". The stitching work turned out well and the large version depicts a good impression of the gentle Irish landscape and the lush greenery. A very idyllic way to present the city of Belfast, I guess. Well done.
Cormac (26563) 2006-08-21 21:10
Great panorama! The huge sweep of the landscape is well suited to the long horizontal frame, and the way the land leads up from the town to the house on the left. Great sky too!
carper (96) 2006-08-22 7:02
nice to see you here Andrew,
with a realy fantastic lp composition, well taken and from a high quality niveau, very nice point of view, well done.
avigur_11 (22077) 2006-08-22 13:38
I guess you missed your home city. It is a beautiful panoramic view of the city and the green fields around.It looks (and sounds..) much more quiet and peaceful than HK, isn't it?
Yffic (6106) 2006-09-22 8:50
First thank your for your note very complete.
The scene is very nice, and the sky has beautiful colors who made a brilliant panorama.
Kenny10pin (19301) 2006-12-04 18:48
nice shot of bELFAST, I havent been there, just went to Dublin this year, very nice panoramic view
John_F_Kennedy (43181) 2006-12-11 2:27
This panorama is very impressive. A perfect format for landscape scenes as impressive as this.
plimrn (21344) 2007-03-29 20:27
Your "A bright Road Ahead for Ireland" led me to this wonderful panorama. I like the way you've framed the simple country home against the background of the city and slice of sea. Your panorama has excellent detail with seemless stitching. have struggled with this format, I'm well aware of your accomplishment. The note is excellent as well. Wishing you health, love & joy, Pat
guillaumejm (0) 2007-03-30 10:07
Nice panorama with nice ligth and contrast management. The sky here is really gorgeous with cotton clouds.
thor68 (5586) 2007-06-10 10:16
superb panorama and a terrific stitching job, andrew! :-)
impressive and wonderful details, especially in the LPversion.
i will be visiting ireland (republic and north) in august, maybe i will even make it to belfast, so i will remember this view.
well done & best wishes, thor.