That's gorgeous - particularly with that moody backdrop. I might like old Monastic houses even more than castle ruins.
Hmm, they are a little better preserved as they went out of use due to Henry 8th where the castles more or less ended actively 150 years earlier.
That green is incredible and the place appears full of stories.
It's more the slant of the light meeting the green and bringing out the yellow in the green. The ruin is built of limestone, so a sort of blue grey normally, so you see what the sun did to it.
Yes, another nice shot. Can you just walk right up to it, or is it gated off further back? Anything like that here would be surrounded with paid admission.
Oh yes, into this one, yes. On the Rock of Cashel you pay. In general though, you don't pay to see such sights. But when they get popular they begin to charge to control the numbers. At least that's their story. The office that runs where I hung my pictures in based on the Rock.
I still never tire of seeing pictures of ancient history compared to the relative newcomer we call America.
Ahh yeah, but there's a lot of Native American sites about. Well, I don't know of any in Iowa, but I do in many other States for the National Geographic.
Yes, but most of the Native American sites I have visited consists of mounds of dirt, piles of rocks and healthy amounts of imagination. It doesn't take much imagination to see a castle and know that people existed there hundreds of years ago.
That's the very same for sites here in Ireland too, mostly. Tara, one of the most important sites is nowt but a series of mounds in a field. it's only after the invading Normans and English arrived you get ruins.