Evening sky at Punchestown

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W@Z on June 2, 2009

In a field near the Punchestown racecourse, home of the annual Kildare and National Hunt Races, stands the tallest and probably the most elegant of all Irish standing stones. Locally known as the Longstone of Punchestown Great, this tall granite stone was originally set tilted, but fell down in 1931 and was re-erected three years later. Seven metres (27ft) high, the Punchestown stone weighs about 9 tons and has an almost square base with a circumference of 3.3m (11ft) that gradually turns wedge-shaped as it rises. At its base there was a short stone cist which was empty and without grave goods. The Punchestown standing stone was probably a memorial mark to the Bronze Age burial found beneath it. Apparently, Beaker people of the Eastern Province erected this and many other standing stones in the same area (in the south-west of Ireland there are about 600 examples). The Irish name for these monuments is 'gallán' or 'dallán', though there are many local variations.

|W| |K|U|R|Y| on June 15, 2009

great capture of this old stone and an interresting background story too. greetings from austria.

W@Z on June 15, 2009

Thanks ..::[KŒRY]::.. glad you like it.

>| Micha |< on June 15, 2009

Hello W@Z, beautiful sky and delightful colours. I like it.

Best wishes Micha

olimpos on July 1, 2009


Best regards, Andreas.

Pedro Pérez García on July 24, 2009

W@Z Sin intentar entrometerme. Deja para la próxima toma, que se parezca a esta, más abajo el horizonte cuando en la parte inferior se carezca de información (tono negro intenso) con una pequeña parte, queda aterrizada y gana fuerza la parte que si contiene algo que mostrar como en este caso. Saludos

Stefka Gorgorova on August 11, 2009

Delightful beautiful congratulated for the high quality photos! Greetings!

W@Z on February 28, 2010

Thanks unnippillai, best wishes from Ireland

Marcin Kaminski on June 6, 2011

well captured, lovely colours

W@Z on June 6, 2011

Thanks Marcin, best wishes from Ireland

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Photo taken in Punchestown Great, Co. Kildare, Ireland

Photo details

  • Uploaded on June 1, 2009
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    by W@Z
    • Camera: Canon EOS 400D DIGITAL
    • Taken on 2009/06/01 21:24:03
    • Exposure: 0.003s (1/400)
    • Focal Length: 60.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/11.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO100
    • Exposure Bias: -1.00 EV
    • No flash