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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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.
Silent Valley Mountains
The Derryveagh Mountains running through the Poisoned Glen in Dunlewy, Donegal, Ireland
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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.
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.
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.
London Thames Flood Barrier In Summer
This photograph of the Thames Barrier in London was taken in the afternoon during the summer giving these high white clouds against a brilliant blue sky. It was the perfect day and a lucky shot as it was raining again later that afternoon! The Thames Flood Barrier was built in 1982 to protect London from predicted floods, however it's a beautiful piece of architecture and testament to art and practical construction working symbiotically together.
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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.
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.
The shadow from the cairn on Knocknarea stretching over the mountain top towards Ben Bulben on the horizon. Taken at sunset creating some very low lighting and shadows.
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.
This was taken on Arthurs Seat in Edinburgh, Scotland. The sun was setting across the slopes of the mountain as we made our way back down creating this beautiful golden glow that shone through the grass.
A black cormorant drying itself on an old timber pylon in Newfoundland, Canada. The background is St Johns harbor with deep blue green water and an old white washed building to the left.
The Glen - Sligo
The Glen is on the Coolera Peninsula in Sligo, Ireland. It's on the south face of Knocknarea mountain and is a deep yet narrow canyon running through the limestone bedrock. A forest grows on either side of the top of the cliffs giving a surreal sense of being deep in the earth looking up at the world. This is a wide angle shot of the trail that leads through it.
Time Slowed Down
There is a beautiful waterfall in Glencar, just across the border from Sligo to Leitrim that draws a lot of tourism to the area. However the river that flows from the base of the waterfall is just as spectacular and this is a long exposure photograph of some moss covered rocks that are standing the test of time against it.
Warm air moving up the coast of France from Africa and Europe collides with cold air moving down from the Arctic creating spectacular cloud formations in London, England. I took this picture from a the 13th floor of an apartment complex after a summer storm at sunset.
Storm Clouds With Rainbow
Sligo can get some very extreme weather on the edge of the atlantic and this is a great example of that. A rainbow breaks out of the storm clouds to the right while blue summer skies are dominant to the left.
The strong winds coming around and over Knocknarea and also in from the sea cna create some really interesting cloud formations along the coast. This is a photograph of one of them before sunset, almost 2 clouds wrapping around each other but very beautiful. Taken in Strandhill, Sligo, Ireland
The sea is constantly eroding our coast and although it's not always a good thing it can create some beautiful rock carvings like this. I used a long exposure to smooth the water out but it's the red colour of the rock that really strikes me in this image. It was taken near Cork, Ireland.
Scariff & Deenish Island
The Beara Peninsula is an incredibly beautiful place and it offers this view of Scariff and Deenish island on the Kerry horizon. This was taken late evening when the sun was starting to set and put the islands in stark relief against a blue sky covered over with clouds.
Round Tower - Kilfenora
This is a black and white long exposure photograph of the round tower at Killmacduagh in Co Galway, Ireland. It sits within a ruined monastic complex of medieval churches, a cathedral, cemetery, and Grebe House. It was built in the 7th century by Saint Colman MacDuagh
Pebbles - Long Exposure
This photograph isolates a section fo the beach at low tide at Aughris, County Sligo. The beach is rough sand and mostly pebbles creating this beautiful soft water effect as the waves recede.
Path To Nowhere
The Scottish Highlands are famous for hiking and this is an old stoned path leading through the countryside near Skye. The sun was setting over the horizon with mountain peaks just showing above the heather.
Old Ruins - Clare
This is the only remaining back wall of an old ruined church ruin in Kilmacduagh, Galway, Irealnd. It's very strange as there's nothing around it, it's completely isolated in a field on it's own. I like this shot because of the clean background and sense of mystery created by the ruins.
Glendalough monastary sits in the valley of the two lakes in Wicklow, Ireland which is part of the Wicklow Mountains National Park. It's one of Ireland’s most impressive monastic sites and was founded by St. Kevin in the 6th Century. This photograph was taken in summer and shows a view of the monastery against a yellow field and a green forest background.
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This is the Glencar Waterfall although not the normal photograph usually taken of it. Over time an incredible example of a stalactite has formed behind the waterfall as water has dripped over the lip. This has taken thousands of years to form and is a very unique part of the fall, adding to it's character.
Downpatrick Head - Sea Stack
Waves crash against the Sea Stack at Downpatrick Head in Co Mayo, Ireland. They are relentless, creating hollows of water that are immideatly backfilled with more huge waves off the Atlantic. However between the deep blue and green colours created by the waves and the wind carving shaped into the surface it creates some breathtaking views.
Downpatrick Head - Mayo
It was a stormy day and huge waves were crashing against the cliffs at Downpatrick Head in Co. Mayo. The wind was whipping the spray back as soon as they hit creating some really powerful back surges. I'm fascinated by the sea and this image captured for me it's relentlessness and patience eroding away the cliff face. This was taken with a 400mm telephoto lens from the top of the cliffs.