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The Dark Hedges

 The Dark Hedges – Northern Ireland


People are like stained-glass windows.
They sparkle and shine when the sun is out,
but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed
only if there is a light from within.

~ Elisabeth Kubler-Ross


The Dark Hedges - Northern Ireland


After a day of dodging large groups of tourists, we went on the hunt for the The Dark Hedges in Northern Ireland.  It took some searching and the help of generous strangers to find them, but it was worth every effort. It was one of those breathless, perfect travel moments when we found serenity in a magical, fairy-tale setting.


43 Comments (Add Yours)

  1. Wow. That’s a postcard shot! And it looks very peaceful. :) Is it HDR?
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  2. I just showed Kali and his response was “I can haz Ireland?” :P
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  3. Wow! That’s gorgeous. And you’re right — it looks like something straight out of a fairy tale!
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  4. Oh my gosh. I love those “this is why I travel” moments. They remind me of a poem by Elizabeth Bishop that I think you would like, she even has a line about these trees, I think!

    “But surely it would have been a pity
    not to have seen the trees along this road,
    really exaggerated in their beauty,
    not to have seen them gesturing
    like noble pantomimists, robed in pink.”
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  5. Amazing shot! You kind of expect there to be leprechauns or pixies hiding in the bushes. Maybe even a unicorn!
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  6. Woa! Is that a REAL place? I thought it was a fictional painting. “Fairy-tale” indeed!
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  7. What a beautiful spot!
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  8. Love the picture! This reminds me of a drive I made through some roads by the beach in Big Island!

  9. Looks spooky and mysterious… FRODO?!?!

  10. Excellent photography! Thanks for sharing this moment with us.

  11. it’s always so much fun playing with new techniques, but I do love your non-HDR pictures! That quote is absolutely beautiful.
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    • Thanks Abby! Seeing as we just upgraded our camera before coming to Ireland, we’re having all kinds of fun with new photo types! And I LOVE that quote too…it totally stood out to both of us when we were looking for something to go with the picture…

  12. That’s amazing! Are you planning on posting more photos of it?
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  13. Great quote and amazing photo!! I love how the trees have the perfect amount of side light to give them separation. Wonderful!

  14. Beautiful Shot – I actually had to give it a second and third glance as I thought it was a painting! Great job…. I might need a tutorial from you!
    DD xoxo

  15. Very cool photo, guys. Could easily be an enchanted forest in a fairytale.
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  16. stunning! it makes me want to go to Ireland even more!
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  17. I didn’t know that you were such a good painter! That street with trees looks amazing!
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  18. This type of photo is my favorite to’ve mastered it with this one! Beautiful shot!
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  19. Absolutely beautiful photo Pete. Well done! Loved the quote that you used as well.
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  20. is this a real place? its so beautiful!

  21. Amazing shot indeed. This place just inspires good photos. Did you know it’s a location in the HBO series Game of Thrones? (I’m just posting my own pics of it on my blog today.)

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