The Antrim Coast or Causeway Coast is famous for its rugged beauty, ruined castles, picturesque towns and villages, friendly people and The Giants Causeway. All are made gloriously accessible by the Antrim Coast Road, considered by many to be one of the great drives of the world.
The Coast Road traces the coastline. It is a dramatic drive often with the road just feet from the sea on one side, while cliffs tower on the other side. Sometimes it is closed because of rock falls.
Loughareema, the vanishing lake, is a few miles from Ballycastle. The road past the lake sits high enough now to avoid flooding but originally was lower and often under water when the lake flooded. It is said that the engineers building it were possibly unaware of the vanishing lake.
In 1898 the occupants of a coach were drowned while travelling the road when they misjudged how deep the water was.
These photographs show the lake partly filled. I think I may have seen water in it once before but it was a dull grey day. This time I was fortunate to get a nice blue sky.
There’s something about a big photograph. It draws the eye, it has presence, it can fascinate, it can impress.
I’ve rediscovered panoramas.
These images are from Castle Espie, Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust centre in County Down and were taken over the last week or so.
I’m enjoying doing something different. Most of the images I produce are destined for stock while panoramic photographs are meant to be printed big and hung on walls.
I’m also getting to use my Canon 5D2 rather than the little Panasonics. The Panasonics are great when you have to carry a camera for hours shooting general stock. The Canon is more suited to this work and it’s like working with an old friend again.