Tullan Strand, Bundoran

IMG_8881donesmall

Standing on the headland overlooking Tullan Strand.

 

 

My last post but one was on Rossnowlagh beach in Donegal.  On the same day in late November 2014 when the first few photos from that post were taken, we continued along the coast a short distance to Tullan Strand, Bundoran.  There is a car park there overlooking the beach, and we left the car before taking the path down on to the strand for a walk to the far end.  The beach was busy with walkers, fishermen and even a few horse riders, and despite the strong winds, the light was beautiful and it was a great day for a walk.  It is a popular spot with surfers too, although we didn’t notice any that day.

 

 

IMG_8903donesmall

Starting out at the southern end of the beach.

 

 

IMG_8910small

 

 

 

IMG_8938small

We were in sunshine for most of the walk, but the light was constantly changing, and there were more threatening looking clouds out to sea.

 

 

IMG_8941small

The waterline was lined with fishermen and their equipment.

 

 

IMG_8948donesmall

 

 

 

IMG_8954donesmall

The wind was strong, sometimes blowing a fine spray off the sea, and whipping up froth on the water’s edge.

 

 

IMG_8959donesmall

 

 

 

IMG_8973donesmall

 

 

 

IMG_9004small

Sea Potato, or Heart Urchin.

 

 

IMG_9025donesmall

Some of the photos in my recent Rossnowlagh post were taken just along the coast earlier in the day, and this same rainbow can be seen in some of them, at virtually the same spot.  It remained there for hours as we walked along the beach.

 

 

IMG_9056donesmall

There were interesting pieces of driftwood all along the beach – always good as foreground subjects.

 

 

IMG_9060donesmall

 

 

 

IMG_9062donesmall

 

 

 

IMG_9068donesmall

 

 

 

IMG_9071donesmall

Stormier looking skies out at sea.

 

 

IMG_9079donesmall

 

 

 

IMG_9096donesmall

Ripples in the sand given definition by the low light, and there’s that rainbow again.

 

 

IMG_9124donesmall

This was a huge piece of driftwood, about 12 – 15ft high, and someone had gone to a bit of trouble to stand it upright in the sand.  I liked the stark shape it provided for photographs.

 

 

IMG_9142small

From a slightly different angle, the driftwood’s curved shape became apparent, echoed by the rainbow in the distance.

 

 

IMG_9151small

Taken again, as the light changed.

 

 

IMG_9156donesmall

At the far end of the beach.

 

 

IMG_9165donesmall

Looking across an expanse of Maram Grass to the River Erne and towards Ballyshannon.

 

 

IMG_9169small

 

 

 

IMG_9172donesmall

Dark skies as we turned back, and the wind began to pick more even more.

 

 

IMG_9180donesmall

Couldn’t resist the driftwood as we passed it again.

 

 

IMG_9186donesmall

The wind really picked up now, blowing drifting sand at great speed along the surface of the beach.  We were walking straight into the wind on the way back, and it actually took the breath away as it hit us in the face – a very strange sensation.

 

 

IMG_9189donesmall

Sand being blown along on the wind.

 

 

IMG_9200donesmall

Horse riders, with the Dartry Mountains in the background.

 

 

IMG_9226adonesmall

Back where we started on the cliffs overlooking the beach.

 

Another little stunning corner of Donegal.  I think you could stick a pin anywhere in a map of Donegal, and you would not be disappointed if you went to visit that random spot.

 

7 thoughts on “Tullan Strand, Bundoran

  1. Beautiful composition. The shot of the standing curved driftwood with the rainbow in the background was very effective. Your use of POV and perspective crate dramatic shots capturing the natural ines in the environment. Well done. 🙂

    1. I confess, I only found out they’re sometimes called that when looking into it for this post. Very common on beaches in Donegal. Very thin shelled, and the slightest touch will shatter them.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s