Out early Sunday morning and went up to my local woods, Drumkerragh Forest. A misty view of the forest and Slieve Croob mountain greeted me. Has I set off with camera bag and monopod on my walk, I hoped the sun would burn off the mist. After three hours of walking and into my final mile the sun started to do its job.
This was taken with a Sigma 150-600 mm lens, shot at 240mm. I love the way a telephoto lens can give the appearance of compressed distance between distant objects in a scene.
This area has a large number of ravens around the woods at this time of the year. Walking towards some dead trees just of the trail. Two landed close by on one of the trees.
Missed the first one in but caught the second one landing has seen above.
This next shot is a silhouette shot edited in Silver efex pro, I use this to edit all my B&W images.
Again it contains a lone Raven sitting calling across the valley.
The start of the walk did not look promising from a photography point but I ended the morning with a few good shots to edit in the evening.
Thank you for visiting and stay safe.
It’s been a few years since i stood on the top of Slieve Croob, so with a warm dry evening I packed the camera and drove to the car park at the foot of the service road. This gives a short walk up a steep tarmac private road to the top just over a mile away. Some things never change has the winds increase and the temperature drops on the climb upward. With the evening still bright I took my first photographs near the top with views across the Dromara hills with the Mourne mountains in the background.
In the photograph above you can see the coastal town of Newcastle in County Down nested at the foot of the Mournes.
With the evening rolling in you can see the start of an evening mist forming in the valley’s.
After a short climb up pass the communication masts you reach the top of Croob with it’s stone cairn and trig point.
The remains of the Cairn on the right and the trig point on the left being lit with the warn light of a setting sun.
I sat for a while in the lee of the cairn and enjoyed the silence and beauty has the sun set lower in the sky. Starting the walk back down I took a few more shots.
Some more has I and the sun got lower..
In this shot the dark line in the middle of the photo is the source of the River Lagan has it starts it’s journey to meet the sea at Belfast.
My last shot of the evening has I was shooting hand held.
Thank you for joining me on my evening on Slieve Croob.
View of Down
This shot was taken in the townland called Carricknaveagh in County down , Northern Ireland. The hill in the distance is called Slieve Croob and on the right you can see the faint outline of Slieve Donard , Northern Irelands highest point. I would be around 20mile/33km from Donard which overlooks the seaside town of Newcastle. If you have ever heard the song “Where the mountains of Mourne sweep down to the sea” Well its along this lovely coast.
Where the mountains of Mourne’s sweep down to the sea