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St Andrew's Castle is a picturesque ruin located in the coastal Royal Burgh of St Andrews in Fife, Scotland. The castle sits on a rocky promontory overlooking a small beach called Castle Sands and the adjoining North Sea. There has been a castle standing at the site since the times of Bishop Roger (1189-1202), son of the Earl of Leicester. It housed the burgh’s wealthy and powerful bishops while St Andrews served as the ecclesiastical centre of Scotland during the years before the Protestant Reformation. In their Latin charters, the Archbishops of St Andrews wrote of the castle as their Palace, signing, "apud Palatium nostrum."
The castle's grounds are now maintained by Historic Scotland, and are entered through a visitor centre with displays on its history. Some of the best surviving carved fragments from the castle are displayed in the centre, which also has a shop.
This is a very simple picture and simlicity is very difficult to archive. I like this picture very much. Full of atmosphere, perfect tonal range, the ruin adding a sense of scale to the landscape, the clouds acentuate the sky.
ancient ruins under a fortress of clouds! wow, what "uncompromising" light! love the harsh shadows it creates on the castle wall, and how the lonely walker looks like a tiny shadow or statue himself – barely human anymore… ; ) greetings, sabine. p.s.: the gray clouds are amazing!
... and he looks so small against these mighty walls and so vulnerable against something that has survived for so many years .... a great image and story, and wonderful in black and white !!