Photographer's Note

What is this you ask, a black and white conversion gone bad? Perhaps, but it's actually an infrared capture made with my Cokin P007 filter.

As I experimented with the black and white conversion I gravitated towards these magenta hues that seemed to impart an ominious, "end of the world" type feeling to the scene that worked with the subject.

The subject of course is the famous Rock of Cashel, perhaps one of the most dramatic sites you'll see in all of Ireland. It's hard to appreciate from my telephoto shot here, but this complex of medieval architecture commands a lofty perch above the village of Cashel and absolutely dominates it's surroundings.

A superb historic site in the province of Munster, the Rock of Cashel is also known as the Cashel of the Kings and St. Patrick's Rock. It served as the traditional seat of the Kings of Munster for several hundred years prior to the Norman invasion and the majority of its current buildings date from the 12th and 13th centuries. But it's history does not begin there. Cashel is reputed to be the site of the conversion of the King of Munster by St. Patrick all the way back in the 5th century A.D!

Collectively, the complex of buildings on the crown of Cashel is considered one of the most remarkable collections of Celtic art and medieval architecture to be found anywhere in Europe. Highlights of a tour of Cashel include Cormac's Chapel (consecrated in 1134) and many numerous Celtic crosses that seem to surround the buildings.

I spent about 3 hours at this amazing place and it seemed to have passed in in instant.


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