Irish folklore is legendary & one of the most famous stories told is of an Irish Giant, Finn MacCool, whose most fearsome enemies were the Scottish giants. The story goes that Finn was so angry, and determined to get at his enemies that he built a causeway using hexagonal stone columns stretching from Ulster to Scotland.
He then challenged the Scottish giant, Benandonner, to cross the causeway and fight him. It was during this fight that Finn scooped a huge clod of earth out of the ground to fling at the retreating Scot. The hole filled up with water and became the biggest Lough in Ireland – Lough Neagh! The clod Finn flung missed its target and landed in the middle of the Irish Sea – it became The Isle of Man!!
And then both giants tore up the Giant’s Causeway, just leaving the ragged ends at the two shores and if you go to the North coast of Ulster or to Staffa in Scotland you can still visit the ends of the Causeway today.
In reality the Giants Causeway is actually made up of some 40,000 massive black basalt columns sticking out of the sea which were caused by volcanic activity during the Tertiary, some 50–60 million years ago. The area is now a UNESCO world heritage site and is visited by thousands of local & foreign visitors every year.
As a photographer, the stones, the long summer nights & the dark skies in winter for astrophotography make this location an all season venue and the spectacular sunsets mean spending very late nights just sitting waiting for that special shot.
I have visited this location many times in my childhood but my interest in photography has led me to look at very differently & I have used my North Coast Gallery to share some of my results.
This is a magical place and if you are lucky enough to live near it but have never been, then do yourself a favour and make the trip – if you live across the globe then enjoy my images and maybe someday you can make the trip and take the shots for yourself…..