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Piel Castle

By Mynett
Piel Castle
These are the impressive ruins of a 14th-century castle with its massive keep, inner and outer baileys, and towered curtain walls which are still standing. It was built by the Abbot of Furness and stands proud on the south-eastern point of Piel Island, built to guard the deep-water harbour of Barrow-in-Furness against pirates and Scots raiders. I took the image in October from the nature reserve on Whalney Island, a place which is well known for its wildlife, sea bird population and seals, however we did not see much wildlife while we were there at this time of year, but I would love to return this year.

I am still combing throught the mass of images I took on the weekend break in the lake district, it was one of the most productive outings I have ever had with the camera.

I thought this looks cheery and bright for the awful weekend we have had, with so much damage caused by the high winds here.

Stay safe and warm Smile

Tags: Landscape and travel

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gingerdelight 15 298 11 United Kingdom
6 Feb 2011 5:47PM
What a wonderful place! And this image is just superb!
barbarahirst 13 27 12 United Kingdom
6 Feb 2011 5:52PM
What a wonderful place for toggers
This really is a belter
And we have also had horrendous winds causing damage.
kinfatric 16 550 9 Scotland
6 Feb 2011 5:55PM
certainly like the subject, a little off the left to my eye would aid the composition. Nice fair weather photography.
Mynett 13 142 6 United Kingdom
6 Feb 2011 6:04PM
thank you for that v2 now up there Smile
6 Feb 2011 6:04PM
Super image with excellent composition, good narration as well. Good work.

SteveMoulding 12 3 7 United Kingdom
6 Feb 2011 6:09PM
A very beautiful view and so well composed. I prefer v1 the crop so suits the scene.
Dave_Holdham 12 4 1 Wales
6 Feb 2011 6:13PM
Wonderful scene, well captured, v2 for me Smile
wolfy 17 36 United Kingdom
6 Feb 2011 6:16PM
Excellent composition(both!) and clarity, well taken indeed!
JED1965 10 United Kingdom
6 Feb 2011 6:19PM
Lovely landscape.
Alvar 14 23 2 France
6 Feb 2011 6:21PM
Great composition V2 is my choice.
CarolG 14 199 20 Greece
6 Feb 2011 6:37PM
A fine composition, Linda, and a great presentation in V.1. For a change I saw the sun today, it's been missing for the last week and I haven't been out with the camera until today! Carol
6 Feb 2011 7:34PM
Lovely image Linda - well done, V2 for me

baclark 12 3.7k 24 United Kingdom
6 Feb 2011 7:41PM
Cracking shot Linda, what a wonderful place to stroll and take images, V2 for me. Thanks for the info too, very interesting. Don't think I remember such a prolonged period of windy weather, been like it for days.
foggytwo 18 36 1 Scotland
6 Feb 2011 7:50PM
A lovely capture of the ruins Linda and very well composed too.I like the way the light hits the posts in the foreground,a nice lead in to the castle.Like the interesting description as well.
cheesey 15 2 United Kingdom
6 Feb 2011 7:59PM
Two lovely images, but I do prefer the comp in V1.
EAS 12 1 13 Scotland
6 Feb 2011 8:10PM
A stunning looking scene captured beautifully. I have to say, prefer your original version in V1. Those foreground posts are so tactile, really adding such a strong sense of embattlement and ruin while retaining such strength.

Gezina 14 3 6 United Kingdom
6 Feb 2011 8:19PM
Hi Linda hope you guys are OK with the terrible weather - just extremely dull and dreary here - but at least we're safe and warm. Just lovely to see some blue sky - V2 for me as well - Ina
Glostopcat 15 255 2 England
6 Feb 2011 8:31PM
Excellent composition Linda, I hope you haven't been too badly affected by the bad weather
6 Feb 2011 9:21PM
Superb images Linda, it looks an amazing place, and your write-up is fascinating. My, you have some great images from your Lakes holiday!! Top work here. Hard to choose but v.1 by a mouse's whisker, for me. Spring will be along not far from now. Hope the wind has subsided where you are.
Dave xx
mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.9k 2434 United Kingdom
6 Feb 2011 9:33PM
Interesting choice, think I go for V2; more interesting placement - less central.
Pegon 16 78 1 England
6 Feb 2011 10:08PM
Nicely captured Linda, the composition now looks better in V2.
Phil1958 12 272 4 Wales
6 Feb 2011 10:08PM
Has to be V2 for me,

AshTree 11 1.7k 6 England
6 Feb 2011 10:14PM
V2 is an improvement compositionally. Love the colours, sand, sea and sky always a favourite combination of tones.

taggart Plus
16 47 14 United States
6 Feb 2011 10:59PM
Asplendid wide angle view!
tigertimb 13 40 66 United Kingdom
6 Feb 2011 11:02PM
#2 for me as well Linda and a lovely shot looking sunny and fresh and so inviting
andylea 12 37 1 United Kingdom
6 Feb 2011 11:53PM
brilliant colours and light linda cracking detail v2 for me a beauty nice one Wink
mikbee 14 3 8 Scotland
7 Feb 2011 1:54AM
Good addition with the wooden posts in the FG.
Good comp'.Good colours.
Daisymaye Plus
12 23 19 Canada
7 Feb 2011 2:08AM
Lovely composed image Linda. Both great images.........Sandy
photophantom 13 108 3 Philippines
7 Feb 2011 2:26AM
Two great images Linda, very wide
Ray42 13 3 England
7 Feb 2011 8:27AM
A great landscape image captured here - like the crop of v2 but perhaps with a 16:9 ratio cropping - cant seem to copy the image to do a mod - doing something wrong I expect
BreadandShutter 12 16 7 United Kingdom
7 Feb 2011 8:54AM
fudgy 10 48 United Kingdom
7 Feb 2011 9:13AM
interesting write up and lovely shot Smile
NobbytheNobster 12 33 5 England
7 Feb 2011 10:00AM
Two excellent shots Linda, v2 for me and interesting write up Smile
TrevBatWCC Plus
13 13 19 England
7 Feb 2011 11:54AM
Lovely capture, Linda, of this interesting castle, looks a great place for a visit. Like both versions, but think the wider crop of V1 has to be my fave. Nice to see a sky here today like in your image Smile, though it's very blustery again Sad
I look forward to seeing a lorra images of the Lake District, then, when you get them sorted! Smile
Trev Smile
dmhuynh72 13 44 3 United Kingdom
7 Feb 2011 2:00PM
Looks like you had good lighting Linda, and pano crop is a good choice for the scene with interesting write up too.
fentiger 20 920 24 England
7 Feb 2011 4:10PM
Definitely No. 1 for me. A beautiful scene well captured.

DanielD 11 1 United Kingdom
7 Feb 2011 4:42PM
Superb composition, Linda - very good documentary

Regards Daniel
Trout_Man 12 1 30 Wales
7 Feb 2011 4:43PM
A very nice capture front to back, like em both Smile Geoff.
7 Feb 2011 4:47PM
Like both versionsbut favouring V2.
Mynett 13 142 6 United Kingdom
7 Feb 2011 6:42PM
thanks for the mod Smile
7 Feb 2011 6:55PM
superb well composed capture linda.ray
bayleaf1 11 7 United Kingdom
7 Feb 2011 7:14PM
A superb composition and capture.
danbrann 16 640 17
7 Feb 2011 7:14PM
Cheery indeed Linda.
Source 11
7 Feb 2011 9:14PM
Beautifully composed capture of this amazing scene
Lillian Plus
12 23 17 United Kingdom
7 Feb 2011 9:15PM
So well captured Linda, and just wish I had been there too, as looks like a place to do some serious photography ..just like you have managed here with this
pdcche 10 4 United Kingdom
7 Feb 2011 10:31PM
Two nice images but V2 for me.. Peter
oll1e 14 57 2 United Kingdom
7 Feb 2011 11:57PM
both are really nice compositions Linda but i'm veering towards v1Wink
gary_d 13 576 13 Wales
8 Feb 2011 1:03AM
Two great images but I like the feeling of being closer to the scene in V2. - gary
Ridgeway 14 222 2 Ireland
8 Feb 2011 1:05AM
Hey Linda,

I have to say this is very impressive,one for the wall I think.
Beautifully detailed shot.I know to mutts who would love a nose round a spot like this,Lovely,

Ridgeway 14 222 2 Ireland
8 Feb 2011 1:06AM
Hey Linda,

I have to say this is very impressive,one for the wall I think.
Beautifully detailed shot.I know to mutts who would love a nose round a spot like this,Lovely,oh and my choice would be No,1


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