By woolybill1
In Parnell Square, Dublin, is a Garden of Remembrance dedicated to all those who died for the cause of Irish independence. The garden stands on the spot where several participants in the 1916 Easter Rising were held before being moved to Kilmainham Jail. Along the centre of the Garden is a large cruciform pool with a mosaic depicting broken swords, spears and shields, signifying peace.

I tried a long shot and a wide shot but couldn't make photographic sense of the pool or the underwater images. A couple of closeups failed because the surface dust on the water really looked unappetising. Happily I managed to get this woozy photo of an anonymous section of the mosaic, assisted by a toddler who pulled a flower head off from the surrounding garden and threw it in the pool, causing some handy ripples for me and a really big piece of his father's mind for him .... ...

70mm, 1/250th sec. @ f13, ISO 200.

Tags: Photo journalism Mosaic Dublin Specialist and abstract Under water Peace garden Parnell square

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whiteswan01 10 13 England
22 May 2008 7:57AM
brilliant nice colours great write up

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User_Removed 13 239 7 England
22 May 2008 7:58AM
thought at first this was manipulated. terrific piece of observation bill. i am always looking for unusual abstract forms as they have so much appeal especially if they occur naturally if you get my drift. this is a smashing example of how something ordinary is turned into something special. nice work.

22 May 2008 8:05AM
Quite hypnotising, especially large.
Love the bathos in your narrative too.
Smile Lucy
nickyv32 Plus
10 135 England
22 May 2008 8:23AM
Lovely shot, great large, from the thumbnail it struck me as an abstract of the sea, super colours, love it.

Lucky for you the kid did whar he did, sometimes it's the chance happening that makes the shot.

All the veru nest
Richsr 10 91 223 England
22 May 2008 8:47AM
Glad the child intervened to give you are great abstract.
Regards Richard,
danbrann Plus
13 636 17
22 May 2008 9:11AM
You have that hapy knack of making something ordinary look great and you have doneit again.
MickyMc 10 8 United Kingdom
22 May 2008 9:22AM
Super abstract shot
imander 11 388 7 United Kingdom
22 May 2008 10:16AM
i opened this and thought i needed my eyes, wonderful abstract, i could see this framed and hung in so many venues, but i would use it as a backing for my fish tank
riprap007 13 1.6k 37 England
22 May 2008 10:45AM
ahhh, my kind of abstraction Smile
lonely_oryx 10 61 55 England
22 May 2008 12:10PM
Fascinating abstract
Joline Plus
11 30 53 United States
22 May 2008 12:31PM
This is truly magnificent! Very well done...shortlisted for sure.
pamelajean Plus
12 1.0k 1996 United Kingdom
22 May 2008 2:06PM
My first thought was that it could be a reflection in the water. I love its colourful, shapely abstract quality.
proz 13 205 United States
22 May 2008 2:08PM
this is brilliant, I see faces in here.
DolphinLady 12 54 1 Wales
22 May 2008 3:31PM
Firstly can I just say how much I enjoyed reading your little tale as to how you got this wonderful image, especially the part about the small child & the flower head.
Secondly, this is a very beautiful piece of mosaic.
Such lovely subtle colours blending together...
I like this a lot.
mikbee 11 3 8 Scotland
22 May 2008 4:00PM
Thought it was an image from Google Earth Bill !!! Think the kid did you a favour here.The rippling effect enhances the image.Although at the time ,I would have thrown him in !!!
Good image.
RobboB Plus
11 132 United Kingdom
22 May 2008 4:15PM
Wonderful abstract. Looks like one of those satellite images like on Google
GalleryGirl 10 4 2 United Kingdom
22 May 2008 5:10PM
This is gorgeous. Fabulous capture - a great looking image!
Marilyn x
Cormy 10 3 England
22 May 2008 5:11PM
Superb image Bill.
taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
22 May 2008 5:16PM
it is a fantastic abstract!

would be difficult to photograph!

samsalt1 11 34 4
22 May 2008 5:21PM
Intriguing abstract Bill, for some reason my mind tells me to turn it 90 degrees ccw which is odd since with a pattern like this it ciuld go anyway up.
The colors are harmonious and playing with the hue gives some great variations.
Nice one !

pascalg Plus
10 37 France
22 May 2008 5:35PM
smashing colours...
love the write up !
IainH 13 82
22 May 2008 7:28PM
I thought it was a map from the thumbnail, the ripples definately add something extra to the image
photophantom 10 108 3 Philippines
22 May 2008 7:44PM
my kind of piece..................excellent Bill
bliba Plus
12 2 Austria
22 May 2008 8:34PM
a great abstract...especialy the large version
helenlinda Plus
10 360 22 United Kingdom
22 May 2008 8:49PM
I really like this Bill.
Its a great abstract with a lovely effect made by the water the water
Rende 11 38 4 Netherlands
22 May 2008 10:47PM
Beautifully colourful abstract with wonderful patterns. Thank you for the kind words,
Very best wishes,
Cabit 10 104 England
22 May 2008 10:48PM
A cracker Bill.
Artois 11 405 1 United Kingdom
22 May 2008 10:53PM
Nice abstract image. Irish history is fascinating.
tigertimb 10 40 66 United Kingdom
23 May 2008 10:41AM
Wonderful Bill, I love the patterns and colours here and the water distortion really tops it off.
For some reason this reminds me of a chinese dragon dance as seen by a short sighted guy on stilts Smile
lostintime 10 13 5 Germany
23 May 2008 5:02PM
Smashing shot, wonderful abstract.
Diana 11 2.0k 19 Netherlands
24 May 2008 11:22AM
this has all sorts of music going through my head if I had not crashed my other laptop I could have done the link thing..

anyway this should be listened to whilst looking at this image
Joline Plus
11 30 53 United States
24 May 2008 12:38PM
This image stood out from my short listed photos this week. It is so well composed and lyrical....very deserving of the coveted pink diamondSmile
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
24 May 2008 10:41PM
Excellent colours and patterns in this abstract image, I hope you gave the young fellow a werthers original for his contribution towards this one!

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