#Westeros Wednesday Lensday: The Reboot!

#Westeros Wednesday Lensday: The Reboot!

I do love Facebook for reminding me of things I’ve done and apparently, this time last year, I was hunting crows! So, reminisce with me now as we venture for a second time around Northern Westeros. 🙂

By now, you all must have a fair idea of how much I LOVE Game of Thrones! This is more than a fad, this is borderline obsessive. But until I enter into the fandom realms of changing my surname to Stormborn, tattooing the sigils of each house on my inner thigh and sleeping next to a vial of Kit Harington’s sweat (that I paid an extortionate amount for on eBay), I think I’m safe from intervention!

I did, however, request that we tour around Northern Ireland this summer, in an attempt to stalk some cast members visit filming locations for the show! Therefore, today’s photographic post is a small collection of a few castles and landscapes featured in the HBO series. The title? Well, apparently this hashtag is totally ‘a thing’ if you’re a tweeter, something I only discovered recently, jumped on and then created my own (#TargaryenTuesdays) – I’m taking compete credit for this because surely no other fan in the world could have thought of this alliterative link… 😉

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Wednesday Lensday: They Might be Giants…

On the far, northern coast of Ireland, giants be a-lurking!

60 million years ago, the coast of Antrim was witness to volcanic activity that sprouted the magnificent rock formations, known as the Giant’s Causeway. Made up of 40,000 interlocking columns, mainly pentagonal or hexagonal in appearance, it became a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1986.

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However, legends tell a different story. Steeped in Gaelic myth and mystery, it was supposedly built by the giant Finn MacCool (Fionn mac Cumhaill), so that he could cross the North Channel and fight Scottish giant, Benandonner.

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Wednesday Lensday: Cogs and Wheels

The images this week were taken outside the boathouse belonging to the Castle Ward demesne. If you’ve not heard the term before (I hadn’t before we visited Ireland), it means ‘grounds belonging to a manor house‘.

Castle Ward is the location used for ‘Winterfell’ in HBO’s Game of Thrones and although the courtyard area was fantastic for this fangirl to get geeky selfies, I actually liked the external grounds more. The boathouse stands derelict on the shores of Strangford Lough, Northern Ireland, jutting out in to the sea on its own mini peninsula.

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As you can see from the first image, there is a rusty winch wheel situated in front of the main building and it’s this I focussed on. I enjoy taking objects from unusual angles, or close enough to disguise the full appearance and was quite pleased with how the curves and lines worked together with the depth of field.

So here are some angles of this little, long forgotten, machine and hopefully they’re just in time to squeeze in as my contribution to Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge: Perspective.

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As always, thanks for looking. 🙂


Image Credits: All my own, so please be sweet and ask before sharing!

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Wednesday Lensday: Shooting behind bars in Kilmainham

Kilmainham Gaol, situated in Dublin, is the largest unoccupied prison in Ireland. Opened in 1796, it’s famous for detaining the major political and military players in Irish history and executing many revolutionaries from the Easter Rising in 1916, before finally closing its doors in 1924.

Nowadays, it operates as a museum, detailing the various uprisings and past political struggles Ireland faced in a bid to break free from British rule. I’ve always found large, virtually abandoned buildings fascinating and not being particularly well versed in Irish politics, I was looking forward to an atmospheric history lesson.

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Kilmainham didn’t disappoint. The site is huge and although there is only access to part of it, you still get sense of how demoralising it would have been to be imprisoned here. It’s cold and bleak, with corridors of concrete and eerily abandoned cells still displaying the scratchings of prisoners marking their time. Moving  subjects for a few snaps.

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#WesterosWednesday Lensday!

By now, you all must have a fair idea of how much I LOVE Game of Thrones! This is more than a fad, this is borderline obsessive. But until I enter into the fandom realms of changing my surname to Stormborn, tattooing the sigils of each house on my inner thigh and sleeping next to a vial of Kit Harington’s sweat (that I paid an extortionate amount for on eBay), I think I’m safe from intervention!

I did, however, request that we tour around Northern Ireland this summer, in an attempt to stalk some cast members visit filming locations for the show! Therefore, today’s photographic post is a small collection of a few castles and landscapes featured in the HBO series. The title? Well, apparently this hashtag is totally ‘a thing’ if you’re a tweeter, something I only discovered recently, jumped on and then created my own (#TargaryenTuesdays) – I’m taking compete credit for this because surely no other fan in the world could have thought of this alliterative link… 😉

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