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under the light of a pale moon

I first glimpsed Doonagore Castle on a misty, pea soup kind of day. We were on our way to the Cliffs of Moher, took a back route that wound its way through blind corners up a steep hill, and... there it was. Rather imposing, even under those conditions.

 

We never saw the Cliffs that day (as they were completely socked in with fog), but I was well prepared to visit this place about a week later, on my own. After a full evening at the Cliffs, and an incredible couple of hours listening to live music at a local pub, I took that same back route up past this castle. It was almost completely cloudy, but light from the beach and the Aran Islands (on the horizon) illuminated the castle enough for a long exposure. I experimented for about 20 minutes, even did a couple of "ghostly" self portraits, but couldn't achieve anything very noteworthy.

 

But then... the moon appeared, flashing between the clouds for less than a minute, behind and to my left. The difference in light on the castle was dramatic, and resulted in one of my favorite (digital) images of the trip.

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Taken on October 7, 2011