|View from the lower path at The Giants Causeway|
There were lots of tourists visiting this site today and the hexagonal rock formation was crawling with people. I was not going to crawl the rocks but enjoyed the view of those that did.
The shot was made right off the parking lot of a pull off along the coast. What I was going for here was of all these birds SITTING on the fence. I approaced the scene carefully, set my gear up, made my exposure and composition adjustment and as soon as I was ready to hit the trigger for a shot, a dog started barking and the birds took flight...so I hit the shutter fast! I laughed...but maybe its a better shot any how! I made a few more stops before hitting the pedal and heading down the highway toward Sligo...no great light just some tourist shots on the road.
It had been a pretty afternoon with high clouds and as I was heading south with the light fading I thought the sky was going to be awesome for sunset. Not in the plan but as I was driving indeed it started to get some beautiful color. At that time I wished I was near the spot I was in the morning, on the cliffs in Mullaghmore.....and so I was, I recognized the road I turned on to..so I made a quick turn and a low pond appeared with reeds and swans...with beautiful reflected sky light...I had to stop!
From the pond I could see the silhouette of the Cassiebawn Castle against the colorful sky and knew I was missing the show on the cliffs so I packed up and made a dash for the cliff chasing the light. (well as fast as I could go on the left hand side of the single lane road) and so I missed the really beautiful light, but enjoyed the scene when I arrived and made a few shots! Feeling lucky and grateful for a good day on the road, it was now 10:00pm and it really was time to just get back to the Markree Castle. I never stopped any where for dinner and I was a bit exhausted, so I dragged my self up the steps and picked up my room key from the desk. The young lady asked me how I was and I honestly said tired and hungry, knowing I was not getting anything to eat, she politely and graciously offered me a pot of hot tea. Wonderful, so I enjoyed a pot of hot tea sitting by the large peat burning castle fireplace, checking my e-mails before I went up to my room to download my files and get ready for check out in the morning. It was a great day!