Photographer's Note

Founded on Skellig Michael in 560 AD. Skellig Michael is 8 miles off the west coast of Kerry, and known throughout the world of archeology as the site of a well-preserved monastic outpost of the early Christian period. It's now designated a World Heritage Site.

What you see on the picture, are the beehive huts in which the monks lived. These dwellings are virtually intact and still watertight to this day because of the method of stone stacking construction used, known as corbelling. No mortar is used.
The bigger one on the top left was the chapel, and in front of the chapel, is a small cemetary. It's a wild and cruel place, and even the monks didn't stay there yearround.
The island is dedicated to St. Michael, guardian against the powers of darkness and patron of high places.

The island rises up from the ocean about 600 feet, and from sea level a steep staircase leads you to the top.
During breeding season beautiful 'puffins' can be seen there. The rest of the year they are out on the ocean.(I've seen 3, but did not manage to get a good shot). ;-(

Cloned out a person head, auto-levels, cropped and a frame added.

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