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The Silent Valley lies in the heart of the Mourne Mountains.
The reservoir which supplies water to Belfast city and most of
Co Down was constructed between 1923 and 1933. A
thousand men worked on the project and nine lost
their lives.
Nowadays it is also a major tourist attraction with over
50,000 people visiting it each year.

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joseantonio27-Dec-2011 20:14
Very nice composition and fabulous light
Jeff Real10-Jul-2010 13:00
A fantastic composition that perfectly mixes the mountains with the man made ~V~
Matylda Lempel-Chareza Photography24-Apr-2010 19:52
very interesting,thank to show this place
Ursula Armstrong16-Apr-2010 11:47
Amazing - this hole looks a bit out of this world, like in a science fiction film. Uschi (V)
Linda12-Apr-2010 20:52
An incredibly interesting image ... it feels ancient but modern as well ... 'the hole' captivating our imagination beyond it's reality!~V~c
Walter O. Koenig12-Apr-2010 15:40
Very nicely composed image. I like the perspective and lighting. "V"
Keith O'Brien12-Apr-2010 12:01
Excellent shot, really well composed. V
Neal Nye12-Apr-2010 11:20
What an interesting structure. It makes a fascinating image.
routerer12-Apr-2010 11:04
Great scenery Mairead, are those the Irish Pyramids in the background ??
That huge plughole looks scary.
Stephanie12-Apr-2010 10:46
Superb compo and lighting Mairead! Besides the Ladyblower pics that our British friends shot a couple weeks ago, I don't think I've ever seen anything quite like this. Very interesting! BV
Phillip Normanton12-Apr-2010 10:20
I like your curvy one better than our stepped ones at Ladybower! A grand shot :o)
John Reynolds12-Apr-2010 10:02
Beautiful location well captured.
Colin Storey12-Apr-2010 09:22
Fantastic composition of the sink hole and mountains in the background v
Blandine Mangin12-Apr-2010 09:21
superb compo ! v
heather12-Apr-2010 06:33
Lovely shot.. great composition. V
LynnH12-Apr-2010 01:12
Impressive architecture and construction! Very good composition here! V
globalgadabout12-Apr-2010 00:42
an engaging scene...the flooded valley a contrast to the barren slopes of the Mournes....the vortex so apparent..and an extra tingle from the wind on the water...V
Carol Breton12-Apr-2010 00:09
Your composition is outstanding Mairead! I can see the attraction....this is stunning. ~
bill friedlander11-Apr-2010 23:56
Fascinating view of this marvelous sight. Well composed shot with lovely light. V
Alan K11-Apr-2010 23:10
I like this; the way the walls of the reservoir lead the eye in, and also the hill in the background seems to oppose the circular hole in the foreground as if someone's pulled out a giant pointed plug. (OK, a little imagination is needed.)
Ray :)11-Apr-2010 22:44
So many lives were lost during the construction of so many things we take for granted today.
But it is a lovely shot - all the reservoirs near me are totally man made and surrounded by huge embankments.
slhoornstra11-Apr-2010 21:56
A stunning sight, very impressive. V
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