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Photographer's Note

And welcome to my tour of Ireland! At the beginning of July I spent 2 weeks photo-touring Ireland, and after much primping and preening of my images (trust me they needed it), I have a few to share.

I chose to lead with this one since as photographers I understand your obsession with windows and doors but mainly as it's a good metaphor through which to invite you into my photographic memories of this great country.

The shot features the misty ivy-cloaked entry way to Malahide Castle, at Malahide in County Dublin. And this is also chronologically where my touring of Ireland began.

About an hour earlier I had arrived on an overnight flight via Toronto, and after picking up my rental at the airport in Swords, I boldly struck out on the roadways driving on the left side of the road for the first time in my life.

Now fast-forward an hour later. My rental now has several scrapes on the left-hand side wheels from all the curbs I hit along the way. To say that I arrived at Malahide totally frazzled by driving on the left, the numerous rotaries in suburban County Dublin, and the fatigue of just having traveled almost 24 hours straight, is extreme understatement. I was almost crying for my mommy, well maybe not that bad but it wasn't exactly sipping margaritas under coconut trees. So being able to escape the roadways and walk the grounds of Malahide Castle was instant relief.

Now mind you that the weather wasn't exactly cooperating either. It was raining (as it would just about everyday of my trip, no lie) and the sky was a whiteout, so it was time to focus on the details of this interesting place. While Malahide was the first castle I have photographed, I would have nearly 15 under my belt by the time I finished.

Malahide is a great introduction to castles as it has the classic shape you'd expect. See the photo at the Wikipedia to see what I mean. It's located about nine miles north of Dublin and is fairly convenient from the airport in Swords. The castle sits on 260 acres of adjacent estate parkland and with all the rain Ireland received this summer, the grounds were exceptionally green. Malahide also has the history you'd expect in a castle. It was established by Richard Talbot, a knight who accompanied Henry II to Ireland in 1174. It would be home to the Talbot family for 791 years! The castle now belongs to the Irish state.

All in all, my little excursion to Malahide helped ease me into vacation mode in Ireland. Hope to share more over the coming days and weeks.

Regards,
Doug

Photo Information
  • Copyright: Douglas Arrasin (darrasin) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 717 W: 55 N: 835] (2860)
  • Genre: 地方
  • Medium: 彩色
  • Date Taken: 2007-07-00
  • Categories: 城堡
  • Exposure:f/8, 1/45 seconds
  • Details:Tripod:Yes
  • Photo Version:Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2007-08-20 23:12
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