This is a fairly iconic image from N Ireland. I had seen this Temple from the car and the train but today was the first time I visited the Estate on which it stands.
It was worth the cold walk in unsuitable shoes with the Atlantic winds blowing and almost taking me and the camera with them.
Mussenden Temple is a small circular building located on cliffs near Castlerock in County Londonderry, high above the Atlantic Ocean on the north-western coast of Northern Ireland.
It was built in 1785 and forms part of the estate of Frederick Augustus Hervey, the 4th Earl of Bristol, Bishop of Derry. Built as a library and modelled on the Temple of Vesta in Italy, it is dedicated to the memory of Hervey’s cousin Frideswide Mussenden.
Over the years the erosion of the cliff face at Downhill has brought Mussenden Temple ever closer to the edge, and in 1997 the National Trust carried out cliff stabilisation work to prevent the loss of the building.
The inscription around the building reads, “Tis pleasant, safely to behold from shore/ The rolling ship, and hear the tempest roar.” The quotation is from Lucretius.

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  • barnsis
    barnsisover 2 years ago

    Amazing DOF, wonderful colors, great framing

  • Thank you Barnie……………this is the building where the Bishop went to read with views of the Atlantic breakers and a fire underneath to keep the books dry and him warm presumably,……………….how the landed gentry lived…………………..Joyce!!

    – Fara

  • Fran53
    Fran53over 2 years ago

    Ohh, that’s lovely Joyce. So simple and with such a great leading line. Regards, Fran

  • Thank you so much Fran………………….x

    – Fara

  • Dean Cunningham
    Dean Cunninghamover 2 years ago

    what a great shot joyce – green and blue always looks awesome together !

  • Thank you Dean……………I tried to photograph the waves from his building but the camera was almost blown out of my hands………….you will remember what that is like having been to top of Everest……………..lol!!

    – Fara

  • Kobus Olivier
    Kobus Olivierover 2 years ago

    Love this shot. Striking image. Fantastic work here, Fara.

  • Thank you for the lovely comment Kobus……………..Joyce!!

    – Fara

  • Audrey Clarke
    Audrey Clarkeover 2 years ago

  • Many thanks Audrey!!

    – Fara

  • Photography  by Mathilde
    Photography b...over 2 years ago

    This is just lovely, Joyce …..I can see myself walking along that track in a rush to get to this beautiful temple and the inscription is fantastic – to stand safely on shore and watch the majesty of the seas is awe inspiring xx

  • What a lovely comment Mattie…………….it is a rather romantic place……………if slightly windy………..I will go back when the weather heats up…………………thank you so much…………………….xx

    – Fara

  • Tom Gomez
    Tom Gomezover 2 years ago

    A beautiful monument in splendid isolation, lovely …

  • Splendid isolation is right………………thanks dear Tom!

    – Fara

  • tunna
    tunnaover 2 years ago

    This is absolutely beautiful Joyce.Great image beautifully balanced and a fantastic description.Cheers Neil :)))

  • Many thanks for your lovely comment…………………..Joyce!!

    – Fara

  • Matt  Carlyon
    Matt Carlyonover 2 years ago

    Wow – amazing image Joyce! Love shots like this and this ones no exception! Beautifully composed and the contrast of colours in stunning, well done! :)

  • Thank you so much Matt for taking the time to comment in such a wonderful way………………Joyce!!

    – Fara

  • supergold
    supergoldover 2 years ago

    beautiful perspective

  • Many thanks for taking the time to comment…………………Joyce!!

    – Fara

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