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Silent Valley

By cats_123  
Good Morning EPZers....a view of the Silent Valley reservoir in the mountains of Mourne. The water from here supplies Belfast and County Down...we were blessed with a fine sunny day for our visitors.

The forecasted rain hasn't arrived yet, but suspect it's not far away...hope you have a good day Grin

Tags: Water Mountains Reservoir Northern ireland Belfast Dam Silent valley Landscape and travel County down Mourne

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rayme330 9 17 1 United Kingdom
24 Apr 2015 8:11AM
Two super captures Jeff, love the light and detail.

Bantu 7 7 1 India
24 Apr 2015 8:16AM
Lovely,a fantastic capture.

Ted447 Plus
8 216 1 United Kingdom
24 Apr 2015 8:17AM
Two interesting images. Ted. GrinGrin
franken Plus
18 5.3k 4 United Kingdom
24 Apr 2015 8:22AM
A couple of interesting scenes, here.

JawDborn 9 1.3k 1 England
24 Apr 2015 8:30AM
Two crisp images , good povs. I'm surprised at the bleakness of the area: no signs of vegetation.

Informative, interesting images.

sawsengee 14 6 40 Malaysia
24 Apr 2015 9:11AM
beautiful capture & editing. V2 for me please. Smile
cats_123 Plus
17 5.1k 30 Northern Ireland
24 Apr 2015 9:11AM
A little history -
Quote:The second stage was to build a dam across the Kilkeel River,
in what was then called the Happy Valley. This project began in 1923.
In the next 10 years the Mournes was a busy place with 2,000 local
workmen, new quarries, huge steam pumps and a railway which
brought men and materials from Annalong to the dam.
At first the work went quickly, but because of silt, gravel and huge
boulders, a lot of digging had to be done. The dam was finally finished
in 1933. The Commissioners didn’t want to build a second reservoir
in Annalong Valley because of the geological condition of the rock in
the valley. Instead they dug a tunnel through Slieve Binnian to carry
the water from Annalong into Silent Valley. The Slieve Binnian tunnel
took between 1949 and 1952 to finish and measures 7 feet x 8 feet
(2.1 metres x 2.4 metres) and is nearly 2 1/4 miles (3.6 kilometres) long.
In the 1950s there was a demand for more water as Belfast and other
towns in County Down grew. This meant further development of the
Upper Kilkeel River and its tributaries in the High Mournes. This was
done by adding an extra reservoir high in the mountains beneath
Ben Crom. This work took 3 years and the reservoir was finished in
1957. This dam is made up of concrete, unlike the earth and rock
dam of the Silent Valley.
The Silent and Annalong Valleys provide about 400,000 people
with up to 30 million gallons (130 million litres) of water a day.
We have also renewed and improved the unseen underground
pipeline – the Mourne Conduit – which carries the water
to Belfast (56 kilometres).

NDODS 10 5.2k 127 United Kingdom
24 Apr 2015 9:57AM
I know this location very well and you have captured its beauty and charm very well in two very well observed and captured images. I love the light and clarity.

Regards NathanGrinGrinGrin
Fefe Plus
9 57 36 United Kingdom
24 Apr 2015 11:24AM
Great shots, lovely detailGrin
mikbee 14 3 8 Scotland
24 Apr 2015 1:06PM
I have no time to leave a comment.
I am still reading your little history
which is longer than War and Peace !!
Nikonuser1 Plus
8 167 16 United Kingdom
24 Apr 2015 1:43PM
Two great captures Jeff, great write upGrinGrin

jadus 9 1.2k 3 United Kingdom
24 Apr 2015 2:08PM
Fabulous setting for a cctv camera!!

fotobee Plus
7 4 3 South Africa
24 Apr 2015 3:30PM
Beautiful photo`s, and a very interesting narrative, Jeff. Regards Martin
jocas 6 6 United Kingdom
24 Apr 2015 7:12PM
Beautiful images, v1 for me .
Two lovely beautiful images with great attention to detail nice work, SmileSmileSmileSmile

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