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Taken on a Canon EOS 5D Mk II with a 24-70 zoom lens at 70mm. Exposure: f13 1/125. Minimal post-production processing in Aperture.
Dun Aengus (literally “Angus′s Fort”) is a stone fort on Inishmore, the largest of the Aran Islands. It consists of concentric semi-circular stone walls to the front with a 100m cliff drop to the sea at the rear.
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Dun Aengus is an Irish National Monument in the care of the Bord of Works.
Outside the outer ring of wall is a defensive system, known as the “Chevaux de Frise”, in which huge jagged pieces of limestone are planted in an upright position in the ground to deter anyone who might be tempted to charge at the fort.
The term “Chevaux de Frise” literally means the “Horses of the Frisians”. This is a joke from the middle ages coined by the Frisians′ neighbours, as they had cavalry while the Frisians didn’t. Instead the Frisians used the “pointy stones” technique to defend their territory. However sites such as Dun Aengus reveal that this is a defensive system first applied many centuries earlier.
Archeological excavation in the 1990s suggested that the site was first occupied about 4,000 years ago.
This shot was taken outside the “Chevaux de Frise”.
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Taken on a Canon 5D Mk II with a 24-70 zoom lens at 70mm. Exposure: f13 1/125. Minimal post-production processing in Aperture.