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Lower Antelope Canyon

Arizona, USA

Lower Antelope Canyon is a slot canyon located on Navajo land close to Lake Powell and the town of Page in Arizona. There is also a second and more visited Upper Antelope Canyon a few miles away. Both are susceptible to flash flooding in the monsoon season and can be completely flooded with little prior warning.

Lower Antelope Canyon, (or “spiral rock arches” as the Navajo describe them), attracts more photographers due to the special ‘photographer tours’ on offer, and also draws larger numbers of casual sightseers than in Upper.

 

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Roundstone Harbour

Connemara, Co.Galway, Ireland

The small village is a popular holiday resort in this remote part of the west of Ireland. At the busy harbour local fishermen ply their trade and deliver the day’s catch, which includes a mix of Crab, Lobster, Shrimp, Mackerel and Cod plus a wide variety of other fish. Local restaurants also serve a seafood chowder, a favourite dish of the region.

Roundstone is renowned among artists, photographers and naturalists for the amazing beauty of the surrounding mountains and seascapes.

Setting Sun on the Wicklow Gap

Co.Wicklow, Ireland

The sun sets on the gentle rolling heather hills near the Wicklow Gap on the east of the country. With sheep in small fields surrounded by stone walls, the island of Ireland as always offers endless beauty.

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Rocks of Ages

Connemara, Co. Galway, Ireland

This is ‘Quiet Man‘ country in the west of Ireland, where the fields are small and the rocky outcrops are immense. Centuries of working the land by generations of farmers has created tiny pockets of green where sheep wander and graze within the man-made stone wall boundaries.

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Glendalough Monastery in Ireland

Co. Wicklow, Ireland

Glendalough means ‘Valley of two lakes’. It’s a glacial valley which is renowned for an Early Medieval monastic settlement founded in the 6th century by the monk, St Kevin.

The 30 metre tower is built of mica-slate interspersed with granite and with an entrance 3.5 metres from the base, which would have helped in its security from marauders. Round towers were landmarks for approaching visitors, and built as bell towers, but also served as places of refuge in times of attack.

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Heavens Gate

Co. Tipperary, Ireland

View from the ancient Rock of Cashel, which was the traditional seat of the kings of Munster (an Irish province) for several hundred years prior to the Norman invasion.

In 1101, the King of Munster donated his fortress on the Rock to the Catholic Church. The picturesque complex has an extraordinary character of its own and is one of the most remarkable collections of medieval architecture and Celtic art to be found anywhere in Europe. Most of the buildings on the current site date from the 12th and 13th centuries.

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Irish Cottage at Twilight

Connemara, Co. Galway, Ireland

Old stone cottages are a rare sight in Ireland nowadays. Most have been demolished or fallen into disrepair. This wonderful example is located on Mannin Bay near Ballyconneely in the south western part of the Connemara region in the West of Ireland.

On this glorious summer evening the farmers were out making hay in the old traditional way, building haycocks by hand with pitchforks!

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Grand Prismatic Spring

Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

The Grand Prismatic Spring in Yellowstone is a true wonder of the world. From above it show its breathtakingly beautiful and unbelievable colours made up of a multitude of bacterial mats. This view is taken looking across the outer area of the spring. In the background is the hill that keen photographers and naturalists climb to get a sort of aerial view of this extraordinary place.

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Erin’s Chill

Co.Tipperary, Ireland

In a mild weather country like Ireland, winter scenes such as this are rare. The Nenagh River rises in the Silvermine Mountains and flows east of the local town of Nenagh and into Lough Derg on the river Shannon. A once-grand country house can be seen in the left of the picture. In the last century its roof had to be removed in order to avoid paying high Irish land taxes.

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Kylemore Abbey

Connemara, Co. Galway, Ireland

Kylemore Castle was built as a private home for the family of a wealthy doctor from London whose family was involved in the manufacturing of textiles in Manchester, England. He moved to Ireland when he and his wife Margaret bought the land around the Abbey. He became a politician, becoming a Member of Parliament for County Galway from 1871 to 1885.

Kylemore Abbey is a Benedictine monastery founded in 1920 on the grounds of Kylemore Castle. The abbey was founded for Benedictine Nuns who fled Belgium in World War I.

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Derryclare Lough, Connemara

Connemara, Co. Galway, Ireland

Derryclare Lough is nestled in between the beautiful Twelve Bens mountain range of Connemara. In the middle of the Lough is a small island with numerous Pine Trees standing tall against the picturesque backdrop of the gentle sloping mountains.

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Cliffs of Moher

Co. Clare, Ireland

The Cliffs of Moher are located at the southwestern edge of the Burren region. They rise 120 metres (390 ft) above the Atlantic Ocean at Hag’s Head, and, eight kilometres to the north, reach their maximum height of 214 metres (702 ft) just north of O’Brien’s Tower, which is a round stone tower near the midpoint of the cliffs. From the cliffs, visitors can see the Aran Islands in Galway Bay, and Twelve Pins mountain range to the north in Connemara, County Galway.

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Connemara Coast

Connemara, Co. Galway, Ireland

The term Connemara refers to the northern area of County Galway to the west of Lough Corrib. This photo was taken in Cashel Bay not far from the popular village of Roundstone on the southern coastline which overlooks the Aran Islands in Galway Bay.

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The Burren in the West of Ireland

The Burren, Co. Clare, Ireland

In Irish, the Burren means “great rock“. It’s a region in County Clare on the West coast of the country, dominated by karst landscape and measures an area of around 250 square kilometres.

Having an unusually temperate climate which allows for a longer growing season and an unusual environment, the region supports a rich and diverse plant life which includes arctic, alpine and Mediterranean plants all growing side-by-side. The most famous is the gorgeous deep blue Spring Gentian which flowers around May time.

 

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Burren Flora

The Burren, Co. Clare, Ireland

The Burren is an area of outstanding natural beauty on the West coast of Ireland. It is dominated by an extraordinary karst landscape and covers an area of about 250 square kilometres. The gentle, rolling hills are composed of limestone pavements, which are made up of criss-cross cracks known as “grikes”, leaving the isolated rocks which are called “clints”.

The region supports arctic, Mediterranean and alpine plants alongside each other due to the most unusual environment, and about three quarters of Ireland’s flower species are found in The Burren.

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Bunratty Castle

Bunratty Castle, Co. Clare, Ireland

Bunratty is a 15th-century tower house in County Clare, Ireland. located near to Shannon airport on the Limerick to Ennis main road. Shannon Heritage operates the castle and adjoining folk park as tourist attractions, as well as offering medieval banquet experiences in this ancient castle.

The name Bunratty, Bun Raite in Irish, means “river basin” of the ‘Ratty’ river. This small river flows alongside the castle and into the nearby Shannon estuary.

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Water Buffalo at Angkor Wat

Angkor Wat, Siem Reap, Cambodia

The water buffalo were crossing the river adjacent to the magnificent and ornate South Entrance of Angkor Thom.

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Angkor Wat Buddha Statue

Angkor Wat, Siem Reap, Cambodia

Angkor Wat, or ‘temple city’ as it means, is one of the largest religious monuments ever constructed. The Hindu temple was originally built as a dedication to the god Vishnu, and was later converted into a Buddhist temple in the 14th century, where statues of Buddha were added to further enrich its artwork.

This god is located within the upper level of the main temple which is accessed by a steep stone staircase and the views of the surrounding area are breathtaking.

 

 

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Angkor Thom Faces

Angkor Thom, Angkor Wat, Cambodia

This is one of the stone faces at the South Gate of the Angkor Temples and is in itself just one of the five main gates into the ancient Angkor Thom.

Angkor Thom literally means “Great City”, and it covers an area of 9 sq km. It was the last and most enduring capital city of the Khmer empire being established in the late 12th century by King Jayavarman VII.

At the centre of the city is Jayavarman’s state temple, the magnificent Bayon.

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Ta Keo Temple, Angkor Wat

Ta Keo Temple, Angkor Wat, Cambodia

Ta Keo was possibly the first temple to be built by the Khmers entirely of sandstone. It’s a massive five-layered pyramid which rises 22m (72ft) from ground level.

It was the state temple of Jayavarman V, who as a ten year old boy succeeded his father, Rajendravarman, to the throne in 968. During the early part of his reign times were turbulent and the court officials dominated the royal political scene. However, when he was aged seventeen, he began the vast construction of his own state temple, Ta Keo.