Thursday, April 22, 2010

Cloudy skies over Newgrange

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It is an unbelievable feeling to stand at Newgrange in Ireland's Boyne Valley, knowing that what you are seeing has not changed since it was constructed over 5,000 years ago. This ancient temple, built by a stone age farming community to mark the coming of the winter solstice, is 500 years older than the Pyramids and 1,000 years older than Stonehenge - and in all that time, with all of Ireland's rain, pouring down on the day of our visit as well, the roof has never leaked.
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Imagine, standing inside a room that was already ancient when the Egyptians first began building the Pyramids, that was already lost to antiquity before the first great Gothic cathedral pointed its spire to the heavens. It's almost too much to comprehend, too much to put into words.
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And right across from the ancient, the newest of the new. Lambs. Dozens of them, cavorting over some of the greenest fields I have ever seen.
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What a day we had. Visit Skywatch Friday to see what others' days - and skies - were like.
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37 comments:

Fiona said...

Oh my. That is awesome I must find out some more about the place.

Mojo said...

A real lesson in perspective as well as a phenomenal series of photos.

Wow. Just... wow.

Maribeth said...

Beautiful photo's Robin!

Daryl said...

Places like that totally silence me, I am in awe of the history .. if those walls could talk .. I would sit and listen

kaye said...

a very interesting post today. I hope to go to Ireland some day . . .

Mimi said...

I agree with Mojo, Wow, just Wow!

You may find it interesting though, that Newgrange was only recognised quite recently. My friend used to play INSIDE that ancient room with her friends, when they were children!(less than 40 years ago!).
Loved your pics of the lambs too, Robin. My other friend, who died 12 years ago on 19th April, is buried quite nearby, and her grave overlooks a similar hill with similar lambs.
This was a lovely post.

Janet said...

Love the layers of the first shot and that tree is spectacular!!!

nonizamboni said...

Thanks for taking me along to the ancient and green! Lovely photos and your one tree is so similar to one I posted.
Happy Friday!

Sylvia K said...

Fantastic shots, Robin! Absolutely fascinating history! Going to have to do some research on this one! Love all your captures, the little lambs are perfect contrast to such an ancient site! Wonderful post! Hope you have a great weekend!

Sylvia

Kcalpesh said...

Awesome captures of nature! Really loved the second picture! It looks stunning!

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Titanium said...

Serenity and tranquility, unbottled. These are lovely, Robin.

Dina said...

That Newgrange is absolutely awesome!
Thanks for the photo and the link. I never knew about it.

The lambs are great too, in a timeless way.

Manang Kim said...

Wow I am so jealous. I also don't know if I will be there what I feel or say. I think I will just be silent and savor the majestic feeling of the place. Happy weekend!

Another Sunset

Tammie Lee said...

Hi Robin,
Not only are your photographs wonderful, but I enjoyed hearing some of the history and comparisons of this temple.

Laura Hegfield said...

Beautiful photos Robin and so hard to grasp time held in the essence of these stones...

Rinkly Rimes said...

I'd never heard of Newgrange! It sounds wonderful. I learn something new from blogging, every day.

noel said...

aloha,

and happy earth day, i love your post about newgrange, very interesting story

would you care to join me on a new challenge i have posted on my site

come and join us.

Light and Voices said...

Ireland is such a beautiful country. I didn't see this particular spot in real life. So happy that you posted it online. Lovely scenes!
Joyce

eden said...

Beautiful photos, Robin. And interesting story of the Newgrange. Great pictures as always. Have a great weekend

Lorac said...

I will have to go and look the at up! So very interesting and really great photos of Ireland.

Donna (Texas) said...

It's a wonderful photo! Really makes you Think!

VioletSky said...

The first photo looks full of mystery.
And cavorting lambs are wonderful to watch!

moneythoughts said...

Thanks for the photos, very nice. And, I never heard of the place either. Nice to learn about new places. I am amazed at the good condition it is in considering its age!!!

bermudabluez said...

Absolutely awesome photos Robin!!

Joyful said...

Simply stunning photos. I've never heard of or seen the ancient structure in your first picture. Very interesting.

J Bar said...

Interesting shots.
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Spiderdama said...

Wonderful photos and landscape!
wish you a nice weekend:-)

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Robin: Neat photos, love the one with the sheep.

Smalltown RN said...

Ireland is a beautiful place. I have relatives living there...my brother and his wife visited Ireland 2 years ago and raved about it and it's history.

The lush green fields and yes the sheep....wonderful photos...

Carver said...

What a beautiful place and you did such a good job of photographing it. I love the pastoral scene you ended with and the first shot is so dramatic.

Robyn Jones said...

My hubby and I want to visit Ireland in the worst way....It seems like such a beautiful place...hope you have a great weekend...

Kristin said...

Calm and beautiful. Very picturesque view. Wish I could be there too. :-)

tinasphotoblog said...

Very great views, and so cute with all those adorable little lambs!! Hope I will visit Ireland someday! :)

Jeanne said...

Wow that is just amazing! What an experience to be standing on such ground. That's history! Can I also mention I LOVE your header!

Jientje said...

I never heard of the place, but it's amazing! I love that picture with the lambs AND the one with the tree!

shibori girl said...

You Lucky Duck! I've ALWAYS wanted to visit Ireland... I've heard the landscapes are breathtaking and the light is said to have a "pearly sheen" right after the sun comes up.

Also, to be in an area so steeped in history - it really does help to put our place in it into perspective.

I'm glad you had a wonderful time.

Kate

Grace @ Sandier Pastures said...

Thanks for taking me to Ireland through these photos! Once I saw lambs/sheeps(?) grazing in Germany and they were so cute, all white and fluffy just like the ones in your picture here!