Photographer's Note

I know it sounds morbid but graveyards in Ireland offer interesting photo opportunities, like this one here at famous Glendalough. To those familiar with this place, the inclusion of the signature medieval Round Tower in the distance probably immediately places this image.

Glendalough is a beautiful elevated wooded valley of lakes providing the natural setting for what is perhaps Ireland's most fascinating monastic site. The settlement was established by St. Kevin in the 6th century, and despite being sacked by the Vikings numerous times over the years, it flourished for nearly 600 years. While I've only shown the Round Tower, there are several interesting buildings and ruins here most of which date from the 8th to 12th centuries.

For this shot here, I treaded very lightly around the graves as I felt a keen sense of awe and respect of the site's history. And while Glendalough is an evocative place it's also highly popular, so I recommend you get here as early in the day as you can to beat the tour buses.


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