The Dark Hedges, Ballymoney, Northern Ireland
This 200 year old avenue of Beech trees just outside of Armoy in Northern Ireland was planted in the 18th century to impress visitors on the run up to the Stuart mansion. The Huffington Post calls it the most mystifyingly cool road ever and I don't think they're wrong, it doesn't matter what time of the day you reach this incredible place it's loaded with character, including it's own ghost story about the Grey Lady who hangs around at Dusk at the last beech tree and a recent claim to fame in the The Game Of Thrones. I'm not the first or last person to photography this beautiful road but I hope i've managed to make my stamp on it.
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Silent Valley Overflow And Mourne Mountains, County Down, Northern Ireland
The Silent Valley is an engineering masterpiece from the 1930s and is the main water supply for County Down. Over 1000 men built it and this is the brick built overflow should the lake flood, the Mourne mountains stand tall in the background.
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The Giants Causeway in Northern Ireland - Long Exposure
Long exposure landscape photograph of the Giants Causeway in Northern Ireland. Classed as a UNESCO world heritage site it's a stunning place worth a visit and huge draw for tourism in Northern Ireland. This was taken at sunset when everyone had left for the day leaving just me, the camera and a 60 million year old volcanic plateau!
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The Giants Causeway In Northern Ireland At Sunest
The Giants Causeway (Clochán na bhFomhórach) in County Antrim. The exciting legend that goes with this place involves an Irish giant called Fionn Mac Cumhaill who built the causeway so he could fight the Scottish giant Benandonner, when he realised he was bigger than him he disguised himself as a his own baby and Benandonner presumed the father must be enormous. He fled back across the sea and destroyed the causeway so Fionn couldn’t catch him. The slightly less exciting but more scientific history is a volcanic eruption 60 million years ago when Europe and North America drifted apart. The cracked honeycomb columns were hidden until 15,000 years ago when the last ice age exposed them so they’re relatively new in the grand scheme of things. Whatever side you fall on UNESCO had it right when they designated it a world heritage site in 1986 and sitting alone out there watching the sun set over the sea was a simply amazing feeling!
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River Running Through Poison Glen At Foot Of Mount Errigal, Donegal, Ireland
Taken in the Poisoned Glen at the foot of Mount Errigal in the Derryveagh Mountains, it’s the exact opposite of what the name implies. In old Irish it was known as Gleann Nemhe (The Heavenly Glen) but when it was translated to English there was a mix up between Neamh which means heavenly, and Neimhe which means poison and it’s become the victim of confusion. If you ever have a chance to visit you’ll realise how appropriate the original name is, a very beautiful place
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Old Country Road Leading To Mount Errigal In Donegal, Ireland
View of Mount Errigal in the Derryveagh Mountain Range in Donegal. The backroads are beautiful but very bumpy, better suited to mountain biking but the views are incredible. This old country road created the perfect foreground to frame Mount Errigal and the flash of blue sky that appeared overhead.
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Eas A Rance Waterfall near Ardara in Donegal, Ireland
Eas A Ranca waterfall on the back road to Granny from Ardara in Donegal. This is almost impossible to find but worth the trip if you have the time, after looking at other photographs of this amazing place i realised i found it on a good day, it's normally a raging torrent of water.
Shipwrecked Eddie's Boat at Magherclogher Beach in Bunbeg, Donegal
Known locally as Eddie's Boat she ran aground on Magherclogher Beach in Bunbeg, Donegal back in the 1970s and has become a tourist attraction since, you can reach it once the tide is out but be fast, it's very shallow and comes back in quickly!
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Silent Valley Mountains
The Derryveagh Mountains running through the Poisoned Glen in Dunlewy, Donegal, Ireland
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Fallen Tree Reflected In Hazelwood Lake, Sligo, Ireland
Long exposure landscape photograph of a fallen tree at Hazelwood in Sligo. The longer exposure has smoothed the water and helped define the reflections on the surface, it's a great comparison between the incredibly calm lake water and the old gnarled tree.
Panoramic Of Strandhill And Culleenamore Sand Dunes, Sligo
Panoramic of Culleenamore and Strandhill Sand Dunes in Sligo. Recent storms and bad weather have undermined the dunes and they're smaller than they used to be, coastal erosion is taking it's toll but the view from the top is spectacular.
Deer Park Court Tomb, Sligo
Hiking through Deer Park in Sligo you come across 30 metre long court tomb from somewhere between 2500 - 4000BC. This is the only remaining intact lintel but it has cracked straight down the middle over time. A beautiful place with a lot of history and some incredible views!
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West Facing Peak Of BenBulben, Sligo
This is the west facing peak of Ben Bulben in Sligo, a long exposure photograph adding some movement to the clouds.
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Carin O on Doonaveeragh in Carrowkeel, Sligo
This cairn overlooks a valley dividing it from the other passage tombs but has the most incredible view across lough Arrow. It's a scramble up the sides unless someone has found a less direct route to the top but definitely worth it. It's also the site of an abandoned neolithic village where the tomb builders used to live, an amazing place.
View from the back chamber of Creevykeel Court Tomb
A view of the neolithic and megalithic Creevykeel Court Tomb from the back chamber through the stone uprights.
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Streedagh Wedge Tomb, Sligo
This Wedge Tomb sits on a sandune overlooking Streedagh beach, Sligo and Donegal coastlines. Behind it is an incredible view of Benbulben and the Dartry Mountain Range.
Seaweed At Streedagh Beach in Sligo
Sea Weed washed up onto the back beach at Streedagh in Sligo, Ireland. There's so much of there that it forms a carpet across alot of the beach, I felt black and white suited this best as it brought out the textures in the image.
Creevykeel Court Tomb, Sligo, Ireland
Creevykeel Court Tomb in Sligo, this is a view from inside towards to rear of the tomb and looks out onto the forecourt. It's a neolithic megalithic tomb dating from 4000BC and is an incredible place on the way to Mullaghmore from Sligo.
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Entrance To Creevykeel Court Tomb, Sligo, Ireland
This is the entrance from the forecourt of the Creevykeel Court Tomb in Sligo to the graves beyond.
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Old Cottage In Gleniff Horseshoe, Sligo
An old cottage at the back of the Gleniff Loop in Sligo
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Country Road To Nowhere
This is the back road to the Carrowkeel Passage Tombs in Sligo, Ireland. The day was terrible with frequent stormy showers and high winds but I manged this shot in between showers during a brief moment of sunshine. I love the dark gloomy effect the sky tries to create and the bright colourful foreground that defies it.
Mist Rolling Over The Ox Mountains in Sligo
The Ox Mountains and surrounding countryside during an early morning winter fog in Sligo, Ireland. The sun was lighting up the low fog and creating this beautiful, mystical look across the landscape bringing out some intense greens and yellows.
Breaking Wave Against Mayo Coast, Ireland
I took this on a really stormy day near Downpatrick Head in Mayo, Ireland. The sun was catching the spray as the waves hit bringing out its deep blue and light green colours while illuminating the white spray.
Slish Wood Forest Path In Sligo
The forest track that runs through Slish Wood in Sligo, Ireland. On a nice day this place can be very quiet and peaceful, a great spot for midday photography catching light through the trees.
Autumn Mist in Sligo
An early morning mist creeping across fields in Sligo Bay, Ireland. Sea mists regularily roll in from Strandhill creating this mystical effect along the coast. The sun was burning it away and had just started lighting up the fields when I took this from the top of Knocknarea with a 400mm telephoto to isolate the scene.
Black And White Long Exposure Of Ballidsare Falls in Sligo
A black and white long exposure photograph of Ballisdare Falls in Sligo, Ireland. This is a beautiful place overlooking Knocknarea and the Ox Mountains and is famous for salmon fishing on the west coast, there are salmon runs beside each fall as they make their way towards Ballisadare Bay.
Macro Photograph Of New And Old Mushrooms
Within a day both mushrooms on the left had died and a 3rd had come up to take their place. Taken with a 100mm macro lens on a tripod. The mushroom are photographed against a green background of grass.
Fossilised Coral On Strandhill Beach, Sligo
Fossilised coral and animals can be found along the back end of Strandhill Beach in Sligo, however very few are as high a quality as this. It's easy to imagine it moving and hard to believe it lived millions of years ago in tropical waters, not exactly todays environment!
Whooper Swan In Hazelwood, Sligo
Black and white Whooper Swan stretching it's wings in Hazelwood, Sligo. These birds are fed by constant streams of visitors throughout the day and are seldom isolated so this was a lucky shot.
Abstract Peacock Composite
This is a combination of 8 different images blended together to create an abstract image of a peacock stuggling through it's environment.
Macro Flower In Spring
This was taken with a macro lens to capture as much detail as possible in the flower, a slightly abstract view yet the colours can't help but remind you of sunny days!
Black And White Macro Photograph Of A Dandelion
Black and White macro photograph of a Dandelion, I used a low F Stop with this to create a shallow depth of field and give the image softer focus apart from the tips.
Equine Portrait - White Horse In Mullaghmore
I found that these too portraits worked much better together than apart, although I personally really like both they seem to tell more of a story together. This was a beautiful white horse in Mullaghmore that didn't seem to mind me getting as close as I did!
Black And White Tulip With Water Drops
Commonly referred to as the Tulip Shark.This was taken in the morning after a night of heavy rain and really lent itself to a more ominous composition! It's a black and white macro photogrpaph with dew drops on the tulip and a shallow depth of field.
Deep In The Forest
A different take on waterfalls as this photograph is taken directly above it, albeit a small one! This is an ariel view of a small waterfall in Slish Wood, Sligo. A long exposure was used to give a sense of movement to the water and the recent rain gave the overall image a sense of spring freshness.
Slish Wood - Forest Landscape
A waterfall deep in Slish Wood, Sligo, Ireland. This is in the heart of the Ox Mountains and heavy rains create waterfalls throughout the forest. I was lucky and the sun broke through the trees to create some backlight for this photograph on an otherwise very cloudy day. Taken with a tripod and a wide angle lens.
A landscape photograph of Slish Wood forest in Sligo, Ireland as the sun sets through the trees. This was at the start of spring and the light added a lot of colour to the forest floor which was covered in autumns leaves and green mosses.
Often overlooked this is the lighthouse close to Baltimore Lighthouse in County Cork, Ireland which has a light keepers house attached. This was approaching sunset with the lighthouse and cliffs in relief against an incredibly beautiful orange and blue sky. Some images need next to no editing and this is one of them, almost straight out of the camera.