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"What in the world are you taking pictures of?" he pondered as I kept on snapping shots over his head while we rested by the river. He looked around and couldn't really understand what was so interesting about the area.

For one, the landscape was absolutely stunning, the Gweeberra river (North-West IE) slowly pushing down into the Atlantic Ocean, the gentle hills of the Rosses beginning to roll ahead of us and the low sun lighting up the water and sky.

Secondly, and perhaps more amazingly, the river was copper brown.
Never in my Life had I seen such color in naturally flowing water.
It seemed clean and clear, yet almost orange.
The sand, that would normally rest below water as the high-tide would roll in, was shaped like tightly curled hair; the calm yet deep water lay besides it changing from bright orange to dark brown as it gathered mass; the sky reflected on the river's calm yet current-driven surface.
All of it seemed like a Perfect setting on this unexpectedly warm day. And what would one expect of me, if not take a whole load of pictures during this once in a lifetime moment?

Apparently this plentiful 20 mile-long (32 km) fishing river that runs down from Loch Barra is extremely rich in iron. My travel companion couldn't give me a clear explanation as to the reason behind it, and after having spent about an hour trying to figure out which town I should mark as this picture's place of capture, I am not going to shed any light on the matter either...
If you happen to know more about it, all information is more than welcome :D

I fixed the contrast a little on the original version, and then replayed around with it and brightness/levels to make it more truthful to what I saw that day in photoshop's 'save for web' version.

peter1892, joshack, axiotea, macondo, bazal, illumina, mammad, vascao, Mistral, AdrianW, JonteW marcou esta nota como útil

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