Ireland's magical Burren: Five hauntingly beautiful photographs
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Ireland's magical Burren: Five hauntingly beautiful photographs

IRELAND'S Wild Atlantic Way is world-renowned for its unique landscapes. 

And as the pictures below show the Burren in particular is a uniquely weathered and karst landscape.

Now, pictures from the world-famous region, which is home to exotic flora, elusive wildlife, tombs, cairns, forts and churches, have been published in a new book This is the Burren.

The book is the result of a project by German-born photographer Carsten Krieger, who feel in love with the region at first sight.

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Krieger – who has produced a number of other Irish landscape books – first visited the area after learning it was the inspiration for JRR. Tolkien’s Middle Earth.

He and his wife eventually deciding to move to Co. Clare to be close to the unique landscape.

"The Burren always stayed close to my heart and in all the books I have made over the past decade the Burren pops up in each of them in one way or another," he said.

The Burren and the Cliffs of Moher are amongst Ireland’s most enigmatic and magical landscapes.

Carsten Krieger's This Is The Burren is published by The Collins Press. Click here for more details.

Scroll down to see just some of Krieger's striking images...

1. Winter solstice day, Burren National Park

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Winter solstice day, Burren National Park. taken from This is the Burren by Carsten Krieger, published by The Collins Press, 2015

2. Full moon rising over Abbey Hill

Full moon rising over Abbey Hill. taken from This is the Burren by Carsten Krieger, published by The Collins Press, 2015

3. Summer morning, Gleninagh

Summer morning, Gleninagh. taken from This is the Burren by Carsten Krieger, published by The Collins Press, 2015

4. Waterfall at Aillwee Cave

Waterfall at Aillwee Cave. One of the main features of limestone is its solubility in water. The strange shape of the Burren landscape is only one consequence of this feature; the real effect goes much deeper. Under the limestone pavements andhills exists another landscape, equally beautiful but even stranger than the one above: caves. taken from This is the Burren by Carsten Krieger, published by The Collins Press, 2015

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5. Doolin coast, the Burren, County Clare

Doolin coast, the Burren, County Clare. taken from This is the Burren by Carsten Krieger, published by The Collins Press, 2015