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Your pictures: Castles

image copyrightRaymond Buckley
image captionEach week, we publish a gallery of readers' pictures on a set theme. This week it is "castles", and we begin with this picture by Raymond Buckley of Edinburgh Castle.
image copyrightNeville Shaw
image captionNeville Shaw: "Bamburgh Castle, in Northumberland, bathed in late-afternoon spring sunlight. The castle is often photographed from the beach with the tide out, but I thought framing it between the deep blue sky and wispy grass would make for an interesting contrast - especially in black and white."
image copyrightMark Todd
image captionMark Todd: "The Krak Des Chevaliers, which I took several years ago whilst on holiday in Syria. I love this castle. You can easily spend an entire day exploring the various corridors and passages, and I'm not alone in my admiration - TE Lawrence once wrote that it was 'perhaps the best preserved and most wholly admirable castle in the world'. I just hope it can withstand the problems being faced by the region at the moment."
image copyrightSimon Burrough
image captionSimon Burrough: "Dunstanburgh Castle, beautiful and atmospheric ruins in Northumberland."
image copyrightMat Robinson
image captionMat Robinson: "Richmond Castle, along with Durham and Colchester, is one of the three oldest stone castles in the country - with construction having started in 1071. It has never looked so good as in these summer mists last year."
image copyrightAlexandra Brooke Houghton
image captionAlexandra Brooke Houghton: "Taken from a boat on Lake Como, [Italy,] looking up the mountains above Varenna on our honeymoon. It was hidden until the clouds moved back to reveal it. It must have had an amazing view."
image copyrightChris Bryant
image captionChris Bryant: "My local castle in Chepstow. Originally a Norman castle and last used in anger during the English Civil War."
image copyrightMatthew Stevens
image captionMatthew Stevens: "I took this infra-red (IR) photo of Bodiam Castle, East Sussex. A clear sky and bright sunshine work best for IR. I noticed after the shot was taken, the grass in the bottom right with the Sun on it"
image copyrightMark Baynham
image captionMark Baynham: "On the beach, Guadamar, Spain."
image copyrightDavid Bradbury
image captionDavid Bradbury: "The photograph was taken a few years ago on a trip to Rome and is of Castel Sant'Angelo, which is the tomb of Emperor Hadrian, with the bridge across the river Tiber."
image copyrightPierino Algieri
image captionPierino Algieri: "Dolwyddelan Castle was one of Prince Llewelyn's Welsh strongholds. The photograph was taken at first light on a frosty winter morning, Golden light bathes the castle walls. An elevated view gives a pleasing dimension, with Dolwyddelan village in a mist-shrouded background."
image copyrightIan Tindal
image captionAnd finally, a photograph by Ian Tindal. The next theme is "Signs of spring", and the deadline for your entries is 17 March. If you would like to enter, send your pictures to Further details and terms can be found by following the link below this gallery or go to and look for the You take the pictures section.

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