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“Church of the Sacred Heart”


Dunlewey, County Donegal, Ireland


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Dunlewey, County Donegal, Ireland

The Church of the Sacred Heart is one of Donegal’s if not Ireland’s most perfectly situated buildings. It was built in 1877 on top of a small hill on the shore of Dunlewey Lough. Nestled so close to the foot of ‘Errigal Mountain’ that it could almost hide in its shadow, it also commands views in the distance over the ‘The Poisoned Glen’ & Crockfadda mountains.

If you look at these giant rocky mountains in the background named ‘Crockfadda & Cnoc Bheallach Gaoithe’ your eyes may make you believe they were very close. However these mountains are actually located across a long lake & valley over 3.5 miles away from this church. This photo was captured 4.5 miles away from those mountains on a very powerful tele-photo (zoom) lens! I love experimenting with this lens as it draws distant objects so much closer making them appear larger, thus creating a scene that is completely impossible to see any other way.

I believe little optical illusions like these are great for the mind as it makes us wonder… in a positive way of course ?

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