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Peel Castle...

Peel Castle...
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Copyright: Stephen Wilkinson (wilkinsonsg) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 116 W: 4 N: 162] (3819)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-06-29
Categories: Nature
Camera: Samsung GX20, Tamron AF 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II LD As
Exposure: f/6.7, 1/350 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-07-10 10:07
Viewed: 3125
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Taken on a recent visit to the Isle of Man.

Update: BTW - the 'cause way' (left) is a seaweed coated sea wall.

From Wikipedia.

Situated in Peel, Isle of Man originally constructed by Vikings.
The castle stands on St Patrick's Isle which is connected to the town by causeway. It is now owned by Manx National Heritage and is open to visitors.

The castle was built in the 11th century by the Vikings, under the rule of King Magnus Barelegs. While there were older stone Celtic monastic buildings on the island, the first Viking fortifications were built of wood. The prominent round tower was originally part of the Celtic monastery, but has had battlements added at a later date. In the early 14th century, the majority of the walls and towers were built primarily from local red sandstone, which is found abundantly in the area. After the rule of the Vikings, the castle continued to be used by the church due to the cathedral built there the see of Sodor Diocese but was eventually abandoned in the 18th century. The castle remained fortified and new defensive positions were added as late as 1860. The buildings within the castle are now mostly ruined, but the outer walls remain intact.

Excavations in 1982-87 revealed an extensive graveyard as well as the remains of Magnus Bareleg's original wooden fort. The most spectacular finds were the 10th century grave of "The Pagan Lady" which included a fine example of a Viking necklace and a cache of silver coins dating from about 1030.

The Castle's most famous "resident" is the so called Moddey Dhoo or Black Dog ghost.

Peel Castle is sometimes confused with Piel Castle, located on Piel Island, around 30 miles to the east in the Irish Sea.This particularly occurs in reference to the William Wordsworth poem describing Piel, spelling its name as 'Peele'. Further confusion is added by the fact that Wordsworth is documented as having visited Peel Castle, and wrote about the Isle of Man on a number of times.

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  • lukie Gold Star Critiquer [C: 79 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-07-10 10:19]

Hello Stephen,

this one is satured "at the edge", but in a way I do like the way you did it. It's like you have added the green path into the picture, I could be wrong ?
However, it's an attractive composition with a superb sky.



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  • dareco Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1672 W: 16 N: 832] (15528)
  • [2008-07-10 10:33]

I am so happy to see a picture from the Isle of Man!! My grandmother lived there as a child and teenager. A very beautiful picture showing the castle, and I like the colors and pov very much. I hope to see more from this trip. TFS and have a happy day!

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  • bakyy Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 64 W: 36 N: 32] (1200)
  • [2008-07-10 10:37]

Hello Stephen,
very nice composition
excellent colors
my compliments
regards, Bane

What a amazing landsca!

Hello Stephen,
Excellent shot. Good pov. good composition, good details,good lighting.

Hi Stephen,
lovely colours and view here.
Great exposure and atmosphere ;-)

best regards, Daniel

Very nice. Great POV, with good exposure. I think it is slightly oversaturated, esp in the sky. Otherwise, an excellent capture.


Nice shot - well delivered. Composition is good with the lead-in of the sea wall. Even if the PP work is a little overdone, it has plenty of power in the light and colours shown here.

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  • Noslo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 222 W: 70 N: 117] (920)
  • [2008-07-10 22:04]

Great shot! Very colourful, and a very dramatic sky!

Well composed shot Stephen, I like it.
The colour is very strong too, WELL DONE!

An outstanding composition! You choose a good pov which gave you a fair sense of depth and perspective. Fine intense colours and a gorgius sky create an image of great beauty.
Well done,

hi stephen
very good shot,the pier is very striking with bright green moss,good lead into the rest of the shot good colours and detail nice sky.

hi stephen, i really like this dynamic composition, i bet there are many options of where to shoot this castle from and this one i like, i can only imagine this place in amazing light and skies,
all the best,

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