Photographer's Note

This is the Kilclooney Dolmen, one of the largest and most intact dolmens in Ireland and dates from 3500BC. Ireland is densely populated with these portal tombs and they mysteriously appear throughout Europe, Russia, India and Asia, Korea surprisingly having the largest concentration of dolmens in the world.

I took this shot as it was getting dark. The dolmen is located in a remote part of Donegal, in the middle of a field, about a kilometre from Kilclooney Church. We were the only ones for miles around and everything was so still and quiet. It really is a remarkable experience coming close to one of these portals. It's awe-inspiring that this one has stood here silently for so many millennia. It really sets the imagination on fire and perhaps it was my imagination, but I couldn't help feeling that there was magic in the air.

As there was absolutely no artificial light nearby, I'd suggest bringing a torch or some form of light. The light you see in this photo is a candle set in the centre of the dolmen.

I dedicate this to Le Petomane who accompanied me here, braved the mud, midges and darkness and was in charge of lighting.

Canon 5D MkII
ISO 250
43 seconds
Cable shutter release

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Additional Photos by Lisa DP (delpeoples) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5631 W: 351 N: 12427] (60236)
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