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The Flooded Valley

The Flooded Valley
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Copyright: Noel Byrne (Noel_Byrne) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4174 W: 26 N: 9239] (33772)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2014-02-02
Categories: Castles, Nature, Architecture, Ruins
Camera: Canon EOS 60D
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/200 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2014-02-03 11:24
Viewed: 2651
Points: 82
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Pictured here is a view over part of the Boyne Valley between the towns of Navan and Slane.

The photo is taken from the cemetery at Ardmulchen Church which looks over the valley. The valley is flooded due to exceptionally heavy rains in the February storms Ireland has seen this year.

At this place can be found a ruined church consisting of a belfry and church building measuring 78 feet long. This is situated in an ancient graveyard, and was dedicated to the Blessed Virgin. The church was built in the 12th century, and the last mass was celebrated here in 1613.

Its position high on Ardmulchan hill offers beautiful views over the nearby River Boyne, and down through the Boyne Valley. The cemetery features some unusual memorials including a rare trapezoidal tomb with a highly ornate cross. When taking this shot, the cemetery and church is directly behind me, and the tallest monuments have a view the same as we see in this picture.

A historical journal known as the Annals of the Four Masters records that in 968 a battle took place here between the King of Dublin, Olaf Cuaran and the O Neills. The Dublin Norsemen won this battle.

As well as the church and cemetery filled with unusual stones, this area is littered with items of historical interest. The area is home to numerous megalithic tombs, ring forts and fortified medieval buildings.

On the right side of the frame can be seen the ruins of Dunmoe Castle. This was built in the 15th century and was the home of the D'Arcy family. It was attacked from the other side of the river in 1649 by Cromwell, but no major damage was caused to the structure. However, a fire in the late 18th century detroyed a large part of the building, leaving only what we can see today.

The remains today are predominantly one side wall of the original 4 sided castle which is impressive in its 4 story height, and its positioning at the top of a steep hill which makes it look even taller than it is. Standing by the river and looking back up at the castle presents a formidable view of this old structure.

Also in the grounds of the castle are the ruined church and the cemetery of the D'Arcy family, which is also today in ruins. The church is accessible, and inside one of the dark chambers is a trapdoor leading to a crypt.

Around the crypt there are a few headstones of other owners. Very interesting is the skull and the cross bones under it (Jolly Roger), once a sign of pirates. No connection has ever been made between piracy and the D'Arcy family.
A close up view of the castle and ruins of the church are here :

Thanks for looking!

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  • dta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5798 W: 277 N: 10895] (85624)
  • [2014-02-03 12:18]

Hello Noel ,
These flood are not so dramatic , when there are not amy houses built very close to the river . It seems that is is the case here .
And but the sun come back , this is a superb landscape with splendid colors . the old ruins provide a strong focal point .

Hello Noel,
I was surprised to see that this photo was just taken; it doesn't look like a winter scene. There is such much greenery and sunshine. We are in the middle of yet another snow storm at the moment here in NYC. Despite the excess water, this landscape is lovely, and the ruins add an extra interesting detail to the scene.

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  • emilbo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2054 W: 498 N: 2162] (22616)
  • [2014-02-03 13:30]

Allô Noël!
Magnifique photo et très jolie vallée arrosée par une belle rivière. La composition est excellente et j'aime beaucoup la disposition des arbres. Les ruines du château ajoutent de l'intérêt à la photo et ta note explicative est très intéressante. Encore plus beau en grand.
Tous mes compliments,

Ciao Noel
le rovine dell'antica chiesa stanno li in bella mostra a dominare la vallata, ben suddivisa tra il blu dell'acqua e il verde dei prati.
Bel panorama, mi piacerebbe veramente vederlo dallo stesso punto di osservazione della tua foto, in modo da poter respirare anche l'aria del luogo.

Hello Noel,

Your photograph has shown us an extensive view of the countryside so that it is easy to assess the degree of flooding. It has been a sad beginning to the year for many people in low lying areas.
Despite the damage, this is a most attractive shot with the natural blues and greens dominating. The castle is strongly placed on the thirds line and makes a good focal image.
Your use of the f/g trees helps to create a good sense of depth.

My warm regards,
Bev :-)

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  • jcpix Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1862 W: 2 N: 3787] (14008)
  • [2014-02-03 17:02]

Hi Noel,

This has sure been a wild season all over the world it seems. Here in the American Southwest we're dealing with the complete fact, a portion of California is being classified with an "exceptional drought" status...the worst of its kind. Can you funnel some of these waters our way?

Your narrative for this picture is terrific, you've really painted the scene with detail and helped us to understand the lay of the land. Despite the conditions of excess waters, it's made for a good photo opportunity to combine those forever sweet colors of blue and green. Perfectly placed ruins in this composition, a strong focal point for everything to work around.

Looks as if the sky parted ways for you too...must have known you were coming to capture this shot. :) Nice warm light which enhances the dimension of the rolling landscape and adds that touch of ambiance. Flooding aside, this looks incredibly inviting, especially considering this was taken Sunday...where's that cold and dreary winter weather?? No complaints, right? :) So, did you go for a swim? Enjoy the new day.

Cheers from the flip side,


Gidday NOel

What a pretty picture. And what an amazing view you have and also the church would have over the flooded river. I love those strong green and blue tones and the curve of the river leads the eye very cleverly through the image. Everything is nice and sharp, well focussed with excellent depth of field. I hope you're not getting too water-soaked over there.

Take care

Hello Noel,
Your note is as picturesque as your image. They work well together. A fabulous Irish landscape.

Ces inondations ont du faire quelques dégâts mais elles t'ont permis de réaliser cette photo originale de ce lieu.

Hello Noel,
very beautiful capture of this impressive landscaping. Beautifully composed and executed image. Colors, sharpness, clarity POV and DOF are fantastic I love it a lot. Best regards, Barbara

Greetings Noel,

Even on the rare occasions when we could get internet or communication signals in the South Pacific (in January) we knew about the unprecedented levels of precipitation in England and Ireland. Your photo reveals how much rain you've had with entire valleys submerged.

Warm regards,


Hi Noel,
at first I hope the flood do not threaten people living in this region.
But when it comes to the scene itself-the high water makes the view really lovely.And looking at this scene I can understand why Ireland is refer to as "green island".
These different green shades here are delightful and this lonely ruin of the Castle in the distance makes the view even more idyllic.

Have a nice day

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  • tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1786 W: 412 N: 6453] (26144)
  • [2014-02-04 1:00]

Hi Noel,

Again, a very interesting and informative note and an excellent photograph to accompany it!

But I'm just wondering what we should be doing here. You see, like so many other pictures I look at here (including my own), if they have been posted at larger size (this one you posted at 1400 pixels wide) the pictures definitely "lose" a lot of detail and sharpness when they are resized to 790 pixels wide by the TE website. This picture is a very good example: here on the "newer" version of TE it looks very soft and as though it could take quite a bit of sharpening but on the "beta" TE site, at full size, it looks stunning.

I know that there are some people (like Malgo [emka] and Gunnar [saxo042]) who use the "beta" version exclusively but unfortunately I think most people nowadays use the newer version, even if it is plagued with lots of advertisements.

Anyway, Noel, rant over! This is a delightful photograph which clearly shows the extensive flooding of this valley after the river has burst its banks. Thankfully, here, at least, it does't appear to be threatening any houses. Your composition is excellent, the old ruined castle perfectly placed in the frame and the line of the flooded river leading the eye nicely into the photograph. Lovely light and colours, perfect exposure and excellent details and sharpness (in the bigger version!).


Kind Regards,


Hello Noel,
Wow! what a scenic landscape with the rolling hills and the river. From your high POV you show us the river along with its flood plain. Like the river emerging from the shadows into light. The church ruins act as a very good focal point. The warm sunshine makes the scene more enjoyable. Very well done, thanks for sharing.

Ciao Noel
Un tipico paesaggio irlandese nel pieno di una bella giornata invernale.
Il cielo azzurro e la luce del sole che illuminano il paesaggio lo rendono particolarmente bello e piacevole rendendo brillanti e saturi i colori ai quali si somma una composizione eccellente.
Una foto straordinariamente bella.
Ciao e buona giornata

A lovely shot Noel. The flooded river looks like satin in the sunlight with its blue hues contrasting attractively with the fresh greens of the grass. The old church is a super FP solidly positioned within the frame it seems to rule the landscape despite its dereliction. I love the colours here, never mind the floods they are providing TE'ers with some marvelous opportunities!

Hope all is well.


  • snunney Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 8908 W: 63 N: 25054] (111589)
  • [2014-02-04 4:52]

Hello Noel,
Sorry, no more smilies left to award this lovely composition, which points up the terrible weather we have been having all over Europe since well before Christmas. The ruined belfry makes a fine focal point and sits nicely in this verdant landscape. Agreeable lighting and pleasant natural tones.

Dobar dan, popodne.
Interesantan i dobar tekst o dolini, sa istorijom i opisom ...
Lep pogled i trenutak ...
Dobar trenutak snimka, kontrast i perspektiva, lepo pokazana dolina, lepe boje.
Lepo mesto za odmor i ribolov, nadam se da reca ima velike ribe.
Lepo popodne i sve najbolje.

Good afternoon, this afternoon.
Interesting and good article about the valley, with a history and description of the ...
Nice view and a moment ...
Good time recording, contrast and perspective, well demonstrated valley, beautiful colors.
Nice place for relaxation and fishing, I hope that the river has a large fish.
Nice afternoon and all the best.

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  • bona Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1348 W: 122 N: 2844] (13739)
  • [2014-02-04 7:23]

Hello Noel,

I like the photo of this Boyne Valley with the ruins in the top of the hill. The green here is fantastic.


Hi, Noel,
The sunny blue sky does not talk about these heavy rains and the storms. It looks like a spring river, very attractive landscape, great PoV, I like this combination of the nature and the ruins, as a part of the history.
Thanks for so interesting colorful image.
Best wishes from Russia!

Hi Noel, very good view of the beautiful landscape of the river valley, nicely composed and shot with a great frame on this excellent and beautiful photography. A beautiful image with good sharpness, depth, light and color. A great job well done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this beautiful work.

Good night and happy week.
Warm greetings from southern Spain.

Hi noel,
beautiful and composition with the traditionnal irish green and placed in a good focal point, lovely light, these ruines, well made, tfs.

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  • Fis2 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 8215 W: 157 N: 12736] (112792)
  • [2014-02-04 11:15]

Witaj Noel!
Interesting landscape.
Good frame and warm colors.
I like ruins ;)
Good evening

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  • m Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 645 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2014-02-04 11:22]

Hi Noel,
I wish we had a green February like this:) Well, neither our March or April are like this actually, lol. So you don't have to enjoy black and white environment for the greater part of the year...that's a great plus and I like your colorful and peaceful photo a lot. Great view with a lot of air and fresh feel about it!
Now back to my frozen rivers..(yeah, it's a river in my shot):)
Best wishes!

One of your most successful picture to my eyes Noel, that countryside of Meath county is really wild and attractive, vivid hues, very neat picture, a ruin in the bg and nice river, all the best, thanks, good evening

Hi Noel!
Very beautiful place!
Very attractive and pleasant-looking picture!
Sharpness, exposure, colors, horizontal format, chosen pov and composition are all very good photo qualities that really pleased me!
TFS - congrats,

Hello Noel,
I am sorry to have read that this is valley is so beautiful thanks to the flooding. I hope it is not very serious, because I cannot help liking this scene very much. The river with all the bushes and trees sticking out of it looks very picturesque and different and the green hills contrast with the its blue colors.
The ruins of the castle situated on the bank of the river look lovely.
Thanks for sharing and enjoy your day

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  • danos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 13093 W: 298 N: 26024] (104476)
  • [2014-02-05 5:01]

Hi Noel,
the view of the flooded valley inform us for the rain that falls in the area.I like the created layers,the contrast of the colours as the brilliant light and colour management of the image.Well done.


Hello Noel
Beautiful work here. We're suffering similar problems with flooding here on the S. coast of England, as I'm sure you know; luckily no problems for us though, despite living only a couple of hundred yards from the sea, in a pancake-flat area. Can't really tell what the "normal" river flow might be like here, but I guess the middle area would usually be dry. The ruined tower is a vital focal point, and set in the strong thirds position.

Hi Noel
lots of information there!
still find it hard to believe the long history in the land of Ireland, it just never seems to end.
even here, driving around it probably really easy to 'miss' the historic elements but they're there.
you can really see the extra water flowing into the landscape too.
a true Irish scene, especially with the Ruins on the right. Can't wait to see this in person some day.

Hi Noel,

The Boyne Valley looks fantastic even with low level floodings.Green top along the slope and a tower in ruins creates a great landscape here.TFS.


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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 23140 W: 523 N: 38240] (165796)
  • [2014-02-06 4:49]

Hello Noel,

I have the last images of England seen at TV, this is real dramatic for the people, this is really a big flood.
Your picture shows a nice image with the river and a lot water.
Excellent perspective and depth picture.
Your picture is very well taken with a high sharpness and clarity.
Excellent composition, lovely presentation.
Very well done, TFS.

Best regards.

Hello Noel,
I don't know how much the floods have changed the scenery but your point of view gives the impression that we are looking down a river and this is a beautiful, peaceful view. The sky looks heavy but the light has warmed up the landscape and has offered it wonderful colours. I like very much the depth of this view and how our travelling glance stops on the ruins. (They look so different in your other photo due to the different quality and angle of the light.) The history of this place and the finds in the crypt are fascinating, your note enhances the enchantment of your picture. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely evening,

PS I'm looking forward to seeing your pictures of the classical portico. I've heard many times in Greece Dublin being referred to as "the Athens of the North". I don't know if anyone ever mentions this in Dublin too:)

Hello dear Noel,
Nice landscape capture. Typical marks of flood, the trees in water at the center parts. Good layout and many interesting notes.
TFS and have a nice weekend

Hi Noel,
Beautiful typical Irish landscape with the ruin at the river edge. The colors and light are splendid. I like a lot!
Have a nice Week-end my friend.

Hi Noel
An interesting view of the green valley when the river banks tracing through the flood water adding so much lively blue colour boosting contrast to the whole shot beautifully. The compo works best here, the ruin is perfectly placed at the third crying for attention. an amazing vast landscape actually when seen from this
vantage point in front of nature and it's always valuable to record such a rarity and worth the effort, Another fine picture and thks to your narratives, Well done. TFS
Best regards

Hi Noel,
A beautiful green landscape which would be a good scene for a painting. Ruins of the castle are perfectly placed. The original image seems to lose quite a lot of sharpness resized to TE default size.

Hola Noel
After watching the photo please not complains about winter or bad weather
Or course is a flooded valley and not damages but the result is a very beauty landscape taken with a good POV and (tipically yours) from a cementery
Inclusion of tower is great to atracks the views
Very well done

** Salam dear Noel ,

Thank you for sharing this beautiful picture ,

very nice landscape , nice view of this green scene,

nice text , interesting place of Dunmoe Castle and

church ,

All the best ,

** God Blessed **

Omid -I.R.IR

Hi Noel,

We can certainly from your image see what all this rain and wind is doing to our beautiful landscapes.
Super place with the ruin of Dunmoe Castle.
Splendid colours, well managed light and super presentation.
When is it all going to stop we have flooded field roads as rivers and lots of homes next to the river's flooded.
Forecast for this week ahead more rain and strong winds, nature hey.

Cheers, Iain.

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  • adores Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5854 W: 64 N: 11205] (46463)
  • [2014-03-02 15:18]

Hi Noel!
Our rivers look much like this one at this moment! It has been raining for ages!You got a very good shot, not just because of the river, but also because of the landscape. The ruins of the castle are on a perfect place and the light is great. You found a really good pov!

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  • fds Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 664 W: 0 N: 1609] (9609)
  • [2014-03-15 0:09]

ciao dear Noel another very beautiful image from Ireland with this green hill and the castle and under the river
i dont visit the ireland but this is very wonderful
your image are very interested document for my
i love very much the country and fantastic green colors
great schot dear friend

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