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Hundy Mundy

Hundy Mundy
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Copyright: Jon Fair (Jonela) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 429 W: 1 N: 457] (3470)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-04-10
Categories: Daily Life, Nature, Architecture
Camera: Sony Alpha A300, Tokina 28-210mm f3.5-f5.6, 72 mm circular polarizer
Exposure: f/11, 1/50 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-04-17 6:01
Viewed: 1727
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I had to go to the garage where I bought my car as a problem had occurred and needed to be fixed and afterwords had a detour round the area from Earlston to Kelso. I was very close to Smailholm village and noticed the sign for Hundy Mundy but not concentrating as I should have had to turn around. The wood is a natural burial site with striking views in all directions.

Near Kelso and Melrose, Hundy Mundy Wood is located about 35 miles south of Edinburgh, in the heart of the Scottish Borders.
The wood is part of a historic, designed landscape and stands prominently on the ridge of a hill southeast of Mellerstain, one of Scotland's great Georgian houses, which was begun in 1725 by architect William Adam and completed seventy years later by his famous son, Robert.

Hundy Mundy is so called because George Baillie's children ( circa 1725) could not say Hunimundias which was the name of the Pictish Princess who once lived in the old tower house from which the folly "Hundy Mundy" was built. That building stood at the east end of the woodland strip.
Hundy Mundy is the name given to the early 18th century folly which stands at the western end of the wood. The striking Gothic folly lies in a direct sight line with Mellerstain, home to the 13th Earl of Haddington.

Some information attained from The natural burial website.

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  • bri Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 751 W: 13 N: 1404] (6384)
  • [2010-04-17 6:07]
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Hi Jon,
Great shot of this folly, an interesting structure and interesting notes. Well composed shot through the branches also using the trees to frame. Nice details and nice work. Best wishes

well done JON This must be the first one of Hundy Mundy that has been posted here you have captured nice details and good lighting must check this place out
tfs regards bryan

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 554 W: 86 N: 1227] (7698)
  • [2010-04-17 10:03]

Hi Jon
Lovely shot this beautiful Hundy Mundy old tower!
Interesting note too!
Congratulation !

Really interesting, thanks for the comprehensive notes.

Low POV works well looking up through the branches.

Amazing that its still standing.




sometimes they crop out the branches to make the image neat..but here I cant imagine your subject w/o those branches from the top..It helps a lot here.. nice capture!


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  • AKITA Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1523 W: 73 N: 86] (20294)
  • [2010-04-18 17:51]

dear Jon,
a wonderful shot of the beautiful old stone building,
its figure with arch and sharp tops is quite like a fantastic gate in tales,
and surface colors with green moss is very tasteful,
your POV is excellent of course,
thank you for your attractive shot,

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