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.

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  • August 26 2011

    Wow. That’s a postcard shot! And it looks very peaceful. 🙂 Is it HDR?
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    • Pete
      August 26 2011

      Hi Christy, Thanks, it took some time to find, but with the help of 3 different people we finally made and were blown away. Yes, is it HDR and then I did an overlay on the original photo.

  • August 26 2011

    I just showed Kali and his response was “I can haz Ireland?” 😛
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  • August 26 2011

    Wow! That’s gorgeous. And you’re right — it looks like something straight out of a fairy tale!
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    • Pete
      August 26 2011

      Thanks Amanda!

  • August 26 2011

    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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    • Pete
      August 27 2011

      Thank you Sam, I love that Poem. Beautiful!

  • August 26 2011

    Amazing shot! You kind of expect there to be leprechauns or pixies hiding in the bushes. Maybe even a unicorn!
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    • Pete
      August 27 2011

      Cheers Steve! I believe that they were there, they just don’t show up on film 🙂

  • August 26 2011

    Woa! Is that a REAL place? I thought it was a fictional painting. “Fairy-tale” indeed!

    • Pete
      August 27 2011

      That pretty much was our reaction too. It was surrealsies.

  • Mom
    August 26 2011

    That is AMAZING !!!!!!!!!!!

    • Pete
      August 27 2011

      Thanks Mom!!

  • August 27 2011

    Love the picture! This reminds me of a drive I made through some roads by the beach in Big Island!

    • Pete
      August 27 2011

      Cool, I’m assuming Big Island as in Hawaii?

  • Emily in Chile
    August 27 2011

    What a beautiful spot!

    • Pete
      August 27 2011

      Thanks Emily, One of my many favorites so far in Ireland/Northern Ireland

  • Cam
    August 27 2011

    Looks spooky and mysterious… FRODO?!?!

    • August 28 2011

      Haha, I make LOTR references all the time here too!

  • Leah
    August 28 2011

    Excellent photography! Thanks for sharing this moment with us.

  • August 28 2011

    Ooooh – beautiful! Love it!

  • Abby
    August 28 2011

    it’s always so much fun playing with new techniques, but I do love your non-HDR pictures! That quote is absolutely beautiful.

    • August 29 2011

      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…

  • August 29 2011

    That’s amazing! Are you planning on posting more photos of it?
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    • Pete
      August 29 2011

      Hi Reena. Thank you. I am actually not planning on posting anymore photos on it. I thought of possibly doing a B&W but changed my mind as I thought the one image was pretty powerful with the quote that we found. You can find more of our photos of Ireland here though –>

  • jcruzfoto
    August 30 2011

    Great quote and amazing photo!! I love how the trees have the perfect amount of side light to give them separation. Wonderful!

  • August 31 2011

    That’s a great first attempt!
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  • Dayna
    September 1 2011

    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

    • September 1 2011

      Thanks Mrs Davis! That was all Pedro’s handiwork on this one. 🙂

  • September 1 2011

    Very cool photo, guys. Could easily be an enchanted forest in a fairytale.
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    • September 1 2011

      I think I even heard a cartoon bird singing!! 🙂

  • September 4 2011

    stunning! it makes me want to go to Ireland even more!
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  • September 6 2011

    I didn’t know that you were such a good painter! That street with trees looks amazing!
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    • September 7 2011

      Oh but I wish I had those skills with a paint brush! 🙂

  • September 9 2011

    This type of photo is my favorite to’ve mastered it with this one! Beautiful shot!
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  • September 11 2011

    Absolutely beautiful photo Pete. Well done! Loved the quote that you used as well.
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    • Pete
      September 12 2011

      Cheers, learning the ropes of HDR slowly 🙂 It was a surreal location and am I pretty happy the photo worked out.

  • jonathan
    February 24 2012

    is this a real place? its so beautiful!

    • February 24 2012

      It is absolutely real! Took some searching around to find it, but we were so glad we did!

  • What a gorgeous photograph! So green!

  • June 10 2014

    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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