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The Dark Hedges, County Antrim, N Ireland by Shaun Turner

The Dark Hedges, made famous by Game Of Thrones, is voted one of the worlds most beautiful places and we can see why. I remember when this road was less travelled, it used to have grass growing up the middle and grass verges sat wide and healthy which is completely different from what we have today.

The tunnel of Beech trees along the road was planted way back in the 18th century by the Stuart family, owners of the Georgian mansion, Gracehill House.

The trees represented the King's Road in the first episode of the second season in Game of Thrones, as Arya Stark, who had escaped from King's Landing disguised as a boy, travelled through the Hedges with other characters to join the Night's Watch.

This stretch of road get visitors everyday, tourist flock to this magnet and usually fill the road both sides. The trees unfortunately are now at risk due to the amount of traffic they have seen since becoming popular. They look totally different from many years ago and sadly many have been lost to storms, reduced verges and age.

Camera Canon 5D Mk II
Lens Canon 17-40mm f/4L
Aperture f/11
S/S 1sec
ISO 100
Additional Notes Haida Filter 100-PRO Filter Holder Haida Filter NanoPro MC Graduated 0.9 NDHaida Filter NanoPro 1.8 ND filter Benro Tripod
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I'm lucky to be living on the North Coast of Ireland which is a photographers paradise. Starting out as a portrait photographer many years ago i took a break from it all and just recently started back. Landscape photography being my new interest and learning something new every time i return from a trip.

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