Pictured here is Blarney House, a Scots baronial style mansion on the grounds of Blarney Castle, Co Cork.
This estate was the ancestral home of the McCarthys of Muskerry, and is famous around the world for its castle, and of course the Blarney stone which according to legend grants the "gift of the gab" (the ability to talk with ease) to those who kiss it.
Blarney Castle was built in 1446.
In 1704, the estate was bought by then mayor of Cork james John Jeffreys, who built a new house attached to the castle. This newer house was greatly enlarged by his ancestors, and eventaully became a huge Georgian Gothic home with lancet windows, high towers and pinnacles. That home was destroyed by fire in 1820, although its remains can still be seen at the castle today.
The later ancestors to the estate, Louisa Jane Jeffreys and George Colthurst of Ardrum decided after the death of their first child that they wanted a new house on the Blarney estate, built in an elevated position. The result was this Scots Baronial style home, unusual architecture in Ireland. Surprisngly a number of classical details from Ardrum house were incorporated into Blarney house, which showed the significance of the building at the time.
Other than these details, the house is typical of Scots Baronial with pinnacles, gables and a number of turrets with conical roofs.
Today Blarney House is the home of Sir Charles Colthurst, Bt
Also within the grounds of Blarney Castle and Blarney House is a beautiful garden walk which incorporates Rock Close, an early 18th century druidic garden layout of large rocks, boulders and yew trees; with dolmens, a stone circle and a druid’s altar. Also worth seeing is the Poison garden, a walled garden showcasing a number of trees, plants and flowers which are fatal to humans if imbibed, touched, tasted or smelled.
Thanks for looking!
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Iva (82) 2012-08-23 6:00
Simply wonderful! Thanks for sharing!
Highmountains (2674) 2012-08-23 6:37
A beautiful and elegant view of the castle. The flat foreground with shrubs and rosebushes in front of the wall with creepers is appropriate. The castle rises a little below the centre of the photograph - at a place where the wall meets the castle turret. The conical roof in the front is imposing. The clouds like white balls of cotton, forms the backdrop and effectively enhances the elegance of the castle.
Oceania (5202) 2012-08-23 7:06
By using B&W, this picture successfully expressed a sense of solemn about the castle, excellent.
carlo62 (45967) 2012-08-23 7:12
una costruzione imponente e maestosa, la parte a sinistra è un pò troppo scura sotto e troppo chiara sopra, forse tagliandola ne guadagnava tutta la foto.
fiore (231) 2012-08-23 8:16
Hi Noel, I like your photos, you BW are simply balanced in light and shadow, as well as the contrast. I like it so much!
From today you are in the list of my favorites!
lousat (89312) 2012-08-23 8:42
Hi Noel,a magnificent architechture and another great capture whit this original style,i like the perspective and the soft details,the sky is very nice too whit this overexposition! Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano
rmajum (1153) 2012-08-23 8:57
Nice presentation with good POV for this impressive architecture.B&W has gone well with the castle, but the sky is a bit exposed. Fine image and a good note.
mjw364 (840) 2012-08-23 11:55
A cracking black and white shot. Well composed image with a great leading line along the hedge to the central subject of the house. It looks a littel overexposed down the left in the sky and a littel dark along the shadow of the hedge. A bit if dodging and burning might have helped?
A compositional cracker nonetheless.
rbellemare (2109) 2012-08-23 14:15
Very nice picture. Great POV. The use of B&W minimized the problem created by a sky overexposed on the left corner. This building is beautiful and full of texture.
Tigerlily (3377) 2012-08-23 14:33
Superb B&W, excellent POV, great atomsphere.
bukitgolfb301 (40778) 2012-08-23 20:20
Hi dear Noel, how are you?
Sorry for my mistake not to point last time.
Very solemn shot. Very heavy and impressive image. Perfect compostion and B&W presentation seem to make me feel so. Semi-equare format is also nice for this composition. Thank you for your sharing and have a god day!
Takero from Tokyo
delpeoples (57266) 2012-08-23 23:57
Gidday dear Noel
What a beautiful photo of this famous castle. I don't think I've seen this POV before and the choice of B&W was an excellent one. Those clouds are very attractive and the sharpness of the image is admirable. Thanks for sharing this part of Ireland with us. The last time I was there (I lived in West Cork for a while) I was too busy drinking Guinness and chasing fit young Irish fellas to worry about the scenery...my mistake ;)
JFS (32459) 2012-08-24 2:49
Hola amigo Noel!
Another great B&W shot, it goes very well with the atmosphere, the castle looks magnificent! Dramatic sky, i like it!
danos (96215) 2012-08-24 4:36
the B/W format of the scene gives her mystery and createa an film nour sentation.Excellent presentation of Blarney House.
I like the light management,the well chosen POV as the clarity of te image.
Have a good afternoon,danos
chrisvek (7001) 2012-08-24 5:19
That's a very nice shoot with superb A&M filter usage!Great ligthning and superb POV.Well done!
macjake (66704) 2012-08-24 12:51
Now thats a wicked looking castle/mansion.
Looking at this, how could the viewer think its NOT haunted.
I bet there are so many stories to be told inside those walls.
the dark black and white gives it that atmosphere aswell.
marabu61 (10719) 2012-08-24 14:23
Another great black and white photo of a great mansion from you. Great low POV looking up to the castle, it gives it a real sense of scale.
Ninello52 (7576) 2012-08-25 15:36
Magnificent shot of the house with POV from below! Beautiful escape in the shadow of the wall on which stand the flowering hedges. Excellent exposure that perfectly controls the backlight, lighting the sky and allowing a perfect view of the house! Congratulations!
Best regards, Nino.
Miguel82 (27670) 2014-03-31 20:03
Noel, thanks for not forget me! the b&w version is really adaptated to the context and gives a mystic side to the frame, ghosts may live there for sure, perfect sharpness, good tuesday
Matyas (0) 2015-08-23 1:58
Hello Noel! Amaizng BW art work. Fine low point of view. Good light and shadow, very good contrast. Superb composition. Sophisticated image. Regards!