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"Burren" - A Stony Place

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Copyright: Stephen Emerson (Signal-Womb) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1020 W: 58 N: 2904] (11094)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-06-01
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Canon EOS 300 D, Canon EFS 18-55mm
Exposure: f/20.0, 1/25 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-01-11 16:15
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Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 40
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There is an old Irish saying:
The Burren. Where there are no trees to hang a man. Where there is not enough water to drown him. And if you finally succeeded in killing him, it's too rocky to bury him.

Hmm sorry for that its just a saying.

The Burren is an amazing place thou. It is a karst limestone region of approximately 300 sq km which lies in the north west corner of Co Clare, in Ireland. Like most of Ireland, the Burren was under a tropical ocean over 360 million years ago resulting in a layer of limestone.

Later tectonic movement raised a section of this ancient seabed into a great plateau which we now know as the Burren. The Ice Age ploughed through the region, widening the river valleys and depositing boulder clay.

This area has some of the finest archaeological megalithic tombs in Ireland. There are relics of human habitation dating back almost 6000 years and the most famous is the vortal tomb, or portal dolman, at Poulnabrone.

The fame of the Burren is in its rock garden and its shoreline, limestone fissures, grasslands and hazel woods also yield an abundant and unique set of flora. BURREN PLANTS

Botanists explore the Burren finding Arctic, Alpine and Mediterranean plants growing together in Ireland's mild climate.

From May to September the colours of the landscape change as plants flower. For the more patient visitors glimpses of the wild butterflies, mammals and bird life add to this untouched habitat.

"O" BTW this place is a stone throw away from my last post "The Cliffs of Moher"

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Another interesting postcard from Ireland ;-)
I like very much your idea of showing special places in this kind of way and I like your notes as well. Your photos are good and the only thing I would change a bit is the composition in some of them.
Well done.
Thanks for posting.

What an interesting post, I like the postcard a lot and the note is great (the beginning especially). Very well done, I'll check out your other posts now.
Two points for this one anyway. Great job. THS.
Take care,

Great postcard Stephen, with good notes. Thanks for sharing

Stephen, I think it's a great presentation. You've provided multiple perspectives & vistas of this "Stoney Place". I particularly liked that old Irish saying.. I've got a bit of Irish blood myself..Really liked what you've done with this. Well done!

I like this unique presentation alot. Great pictures and notes.

Another great one. But don't try to put too much in one postcard. Every piece of that one is a jewel. I like particularly the center-right one. Very nice!

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-01-11 23:17]

I like how you send postcards Stephen. It is a good idea of showing many points of interest. These shots are very good, especially the flowers growing in the cracks. Well one.

Nice series of images to illustrate this area. It does look bleak, but beautiful in that wild rocky way.

It look likes a documantaire Stephen,
And I mean that as a great compliment. Very good composing shot, very good details, fantastic note, very good job

Composition: *****
Sharpness: ****
Color: ****
DOF: ***
POV: ****

Except of the last pano picture, the rest is just great.
Well done.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-01-12 4:39]

Superb presentation Stephen. Great subject and realisation.

A beautiful landscape which must be a farmer's nightmare ;-))
Beautiful colours, tack sharp close-up of the flowers, good DOF on the others. Concerning the bottom left one, I don't know if it would have been possible to take the photo a bit earlier or later (depending on direction) to get a bit of detail on the near side of the boulders.

Stephen, this is a fantastic set of landscapes. The larger one has nice leading lines focussing on what looks like a mini stonehedge. The smaller one with flowers looks really interesting as well and I would love to see a larger view of it. Great compilation, very well done.

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  • Callie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 95 N: 2610] (7555)
  • [2005-01-12 14:40]

Hi Stephen
Another one of your interesting collage type posts, I really like them and the notes going with them.
Now all I miss is Merlin, or some other Druid.

You should sell this as a touristic guide, Realy Stephen. It is better than the ones I see around.
Fantastic subject, composition and note. Congratulations, enjoyed very much.

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2005-01-14 14:13]

What in interesting post! You make me what to visit this "Burren" place. The composition and compination of these pictures are fantastic and I love the note.

Very Well done and thanks for posting

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-01-19 18:08]

Stephen, quite a beautiful composition. Besides, each photo itself is very beautiful too. Congratulations on your note.

Very good use of a collage technique to show multiple aspects of this area. The pjotography is spot on, as well. Is the structure in the top picture the portal dolman you referred to?


Excellent combination of images of the Burren, one of my favourite places to go. it really is a remarkable landscape. I posted a few from this area over on TE also.


Hi Stephen
Wonderful presentation. Every picture is in a very good quality (colours, point of view etc.). Also the drawing with the plants between the rocks is very informative.
I have been in Burren as well and I also think that it is very interesting place. Also I have to say that you were really lucky with the weather (in my pictures everything is rather grey).
Thanks for sharing

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