This weeks image comes from an evening walk in Drumkeeragh forest. Heavy rain clouds filled the sky, but has I approached this dead tree the sun broke through and brought out the texture of the tree. Moving in close I shot this on my mobile /cell phone. Edited in Snapseed and posted here.
Rathlin island sits about six miles off the north coast of Northern Ireland and around 11 miles from Scotland. In the spring/summer months sea birds in there hundreds converge here for the breeding season.
The Island is a dog leg shape around 8 mile long and around 1 mile wide, there are three lighthouses at the three points. The south lighthouse is closest to the N.Ireland shore, the East lighthouse looks out towards Scotland and it here that Robert the Bruce hid in a cave close to the lighthouse during the First War of Scottish Independence against England. He fought successfully during his reign to regain Scotland’s place as an independent kingdom and is now revered in Scotland as a national hero.
Its’ at the other end off the island the main centre for sea birds lies at the West lighthouse. It’s a reserve run by the RSPB and a bus runs from Church Bay out to the centre. The first thing is the noise from Thousands of sea birds fill the air and the other can be the smell that can fill the air if the wind blows in the wrong direction. But the sight you will never forget.
The above photo is from abhainncruises.com and is a view of the west lighthouse. It’s different from the normal due to the light being at the bottom, you can see it here in this image situated in front /bottom of the main building.
The next images will be from the main viewing platform which is on the left of this image.
This is all from Rathlin at this time. Planning a walk around part of the Island soon.
thank you all for viewing, take care
Before I go I’d like to say hello to Evelyn and her mum who chatted to me on the ferry back to Ballycastle. Thank you for taking time to look at some off my images and enjoy your life at university.
Continuing this week with another Irish photo rally point. This one is just a couple of mile from my home. The Dromara Destroyers roadracers. Here in Ireland a lot off motorcycle racing is done on public roads that are closed to the public for the days racing. The four that made up The Dromara Destroyers are Brian Reid, Ray McCullough, Trevor Steele and Ian McGregar. I grew up watching this racers through the1960’s, 1970’s and into the 1990’s.
I grew on one of the oldest road racing courses in Ireland, the Temple 100. I include a YouTube link
So back to the Dromara Destroyers garden in the village of Dromara, County Down, Northern Ireland.
These are just four of the many racers that gave us some great racing here in Ireland. I take my hat off to all of them, the ones that are still racing, the ones retired and those that died too young.
This week one of the biggest road races in the world is happing, The Isle of man TT. Yesterday a local racer lost his life competing on the island.
Davy Morgan R. I. P, and deepest sympathy to his family and friends.
I have missed a couple of week’s posts due to a bout of illness. But back on track, so we are going to Ballydevitt Cottage in County Londonderry . I have tried to find some history about this small cottage,without success.
I talked to a local couple but they are only a few years in the area, so at some point I will go back and see if I can get some information about it’s history.
This is another Irish photo rally point, it’s in Aghadowey, County Londonderry.
I’m going to add the coordinates which you can copy to Google maps and go to street view to see the location.
With low cloud coverage over Drumkeeragh forest it brings a light that seems to change has the cloud drifted through the trees. This shot is from the highest point and also the hardest hit by strong winds. The number off dead and fallen trees also makes for some great pictures. At least they do to me. So here’s one image for this weeks post.