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Ardmore Round Tower #2

Ancient round tower set in a churchyard at Ardmore County Waterford, Ireland

The story behind this image

One of the loveliest places that Liz and I visited during our week long stay on the southwest Atlantic coast of Ireland was Ardmore.

We came here twice, with the first visit being spent sat firmly in the car as four seasons' worth of weather arrived in the space of half an hour.

You can watch this amazing weather on my time lapse video looking over Ardmore beach to get some idea of why we didn't venture out!

However, with an improvement in the weather we made a second effort to explore this seaside town, under much more pleasureable, if less dramatic, conditions.

This is an area redolent with historical remains, including this fantastic round tower, one of the best preserved in the whole of Ireland.

So of course I took some effort to photograph it, surrounded by the graves of St Declan's church, under the somewhat incongrous and unusual spring sunshine.

I took several images of the tower from various viewpoints, and for this picture I included just a section of the structure to give an impression of its imposing bulk.

The tower still looks an impressive feat of design and engineering today, so back in the 11th century it must have been truly astonishing.

Image data

Filename - ardmore round tower 02.jpg

Camera - Canon 6D

Lens - 17-40mm zoom @ 40mm

Exposure - 1/100 sec @ f11, ISO100

Filters - Polarising filter used to darken the blue sky.

Location - Ardmore, County Waterford, Ireland

This image - 800x533px JPEG

Conversion - Adobe Lightroom

Comments - Handheld exposure