I”ve been trying to post photos here in chronological order, but I have such a backlog now, that it will take a while to get up to date. I normally process a few favourite images from each shoot fairly quickly, but I usually include a good few shots from each trip to tell a bit of a story, so its hard to find the time to get a full post finished. It is frustrating sometimes, as I suppose like most photographers, I tend to be more excited about my most recent photos, and I always want to put them up here straight away rather than wait until I have a whole post ready. I’ve decided to cheat this time, and do a post with some of my favourite recent photos, from several different days out. If you can’t break your own rules…
A fairly stormy day, with sea spray being forced through a narrow blowhole at Doagh Island in Co. Donegal. A photo (or at least my photo) can’t really get across the power and spectacle. Fantastic to witness.
The next few photos were all taken on a walk along the ridge of hills from The Urris Hills to Raghtin More on the Inishowen Peninsula in Co Donegal. The one above is looking down over Lough Fad and across the sea to the Fanad Peninsula.
A slight shift in view to the left, taking in Knockalla Hill, which I’ll get to later in the post. So often when I’m hill walking I’ll see another hill or mountain in the distance that I then want to climb in the near future.
The first of three shots taken on the same walk, a little further on from Croaghcarragh.
The view in this shot and the one above is towards Mamore Hill, Crockmain and Raghtin More.
Looking in the same direction, but also with Slievekeeragh Hill on the right, with the sun catching the remote valley in between.
Later the same day, on Mamore Hill, with passing showers over the sea.
Rippled sand on a beautiful day on Drumnacraig Beach on the Fanad Peninsula in Co Donegal.
A bit further north on the Fanad Peninsula, and I was walking on another little beach when I found this arch that I was previously unaware of.
Further north again on the Fanad Peninsula, and this is a well known spot – The Great Pollet Arch.
Back in the hills, this time on Knockalla which I mentioned earlier when I saw it from the Urris Hills. Knockalla is a compact ridge with these beautifully situated loughs about half way along. The lower slopes of the hill are where on a different day I took this photo
I spent a great day walking along Tra na Rossan beach, over Crocknasleigh Hill and Melmore Hill, to end up at Boyeeghter Strand, (also known as the Murder Hole!) on the Rosguill Peninsula. The sky lit up with spectacular colour after the sun had sunk below the horizon. Here, Horn Head is on the left, with the sun just skimming the top of Tory Island on the right. While I was there, it was a pleasure to meet Jackie Campbell from Dublin – a professional photographer who was shooting for a few days in Donegal. It was interesting to see a professional landscape photographer at work, and you can see some of Jackie’s fantastic work at jackiecampbellimages.com where prints can also be purchased.
On the same evening, looking out over the bay.
One more from that shoot, looking along Boyeeghter Strand. The hills I’d come over, Crocknasleigh and Melmore Hill, are also in the shot. They aren’t big hills, but incredibly steep in places, and there was no way I was going to risk those steep climbs in the dark, so I was faced with a long detour by road to get back to my car. Despite having just met me, Jackie extremely kindly, offered me a lift back to my starting point. I was very grateful as I’d had a long day’s tough walking, here and elsewhere, and another long trek in the dark was the last thing I wanted to do. Thanks Jackie!
A final shot from just a few days ago. Another photo taken after the sun had dipped below the horizon, this time of the Elephant Rock sea stack near Ballintoy in Co Antrim. The area is now well known as the filming location for the Iron Islands and other places in Game of Thrones, although I don’t think the Elephant Rock has featured on the programme. Hello to Kenneth and Paul, two fellow photographers I enjoyed meeting here.
Just a wee sample of some the recent places I’ve been to and enjoyed photographing. Hopefully, I’ll get round to doing a post on each of these days out at some point.