On my way back from Rotherham, through some rather dour post-industrial landscapes, I came across this quite incongruous sight, and thought I ought to stop and preserve the moment.
Alas, I should have stopped longer. It turns out that Conisbrough Castle, for this is what it is, is one of the best examples of a Norman Castle in the country. It was made famous around the world by Sir Walter Scott as it featured in his novel 'Ivanhoe'. It is unusual in that the keep is circular, not square, a feature not seen elsewhere in Britain.
For those of a curious bent, more information may be found here
The splash of yellow on the south facing bank of the keep is a real harbinger of spring; the first daffodils I have seen in bloom outdoors this year. So this is for Rosemary, who is used to hotter climes, and who kindly noticed a sad but obvious flaw in my first posting of this image.
That post was a full sized image, now in WS, which I like for the tracery of the tree and the shadows below, but on reflection, feel this posted cropped image flatters the castle rather more. You choose !
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dta (51510) 2012-03-15 3:43
Hello Martin ,
yes , this is springtime in Western Europe . But not yet leaves in the trees ... nevertheless , the branches and their shades on the grass provide a fine frame to this beuatiful old castle . Like especially the contrast of the walls with the blue sky .
SnapRJW (18792) 2012-03-15 3:48
I'm glad you reposted the shot Martin ... I'm not sure which version I prefer, the original did have a wonderful shadow tracery on the ground but here the daffodils and castle keep have more emphasis. On balance I think I prefer the former as it has a beautifully strong composition . Thanks for this ... Bluebell woods soon!! Warm regards Rosemary
PS. I intend getting back to you on your WS asap.
prasun984 (5590) 2012-03-15 12:38
Beautiful picture of the landscape architecture with very good lighting...nice textured golden tone wall...
like the frame work by the naked tree on top with its shadow on the green field in FG...
emka (58224) 2012-03-15 16:23
I prefer this one, as the castle here is bigger. Wonderful ruins, I would like to explore it a bit :). Nice view from under the tre. beautiful light and colours. And I see there some yellow flowers, Daffodills? Spring is coming..
annjackman (13233) 2012-03-15 23:41
Oh how I love seeing daffodils - a real sign of spring. Time for a visit to the wild daffodil woods in West Sussex soon.
I like the way that you have framed this castle with the branches. The light has given some lovely golden tones on the castle which, together with the daffodils gives a super feeling of the season.
The weather seemed kind to you that day.
jjcordier (62394) 2012-03-16 1:29
Jolie photo de ce château en ruines bien mis en image sous cette jolie lumière.
tyro (13149) 2012-03-16 13:08
A fine Spring-like day indeed with beautiful true colours, excellent lighting and some lovely shadows.
I've had a look at your workshop picture too and like it but I think the shadows of the branches in that version are perhaps a bit too dominating of the whole picture. I prefer this one.
Perfect exposure, lovely colours and, as always, stunning detail and sharpness.
AliMoein (780) 2012-03-19 15:39
Very nice shot,Very beautiful photo of a historic place
It has Very good composition and details
Alfoja (672) 2012-04-19 14:15
England at his best!
It reminds me to Van Morrison song "would you meet me in the country on a summertime in England, would you meet me"?
- Copyright: Martin Richter (MJR) (3173)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2012-03-12
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Canon 5D Mk 2, Canon 24-105mm L f4 IS USM
- Exposure: f/16, 1/160 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Map: view
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Date Submitted: 2012-03-15 3:16