Swan in the pond by the hotel. Don't be deceived, the water is pretty gross, thank goodness for reflections.
Ducks in profile as the sun sets and leaves the pond in darkness.
Very interesting detail in the long shadow as the sun sets across the horizon.
Swan head and beak.
Interior decay at the old Torr Head coast guard station, closed in the 1960s. This site is a "National Trust Preservation Site". Whatever that means.
Concrete flagstone succumbing to time and lichen.
Very typical view of the norther part of Ireland. Lots of rocks, sheep, hay fields, and exposed, worn down eroded mountain stubs. View of Clonmany, Ireland.
The type of wave that crashes onto the cliffs around Giants Causeway, as seen from above. Scale of the pictures is about 300' wide.
West-facing yellow lichen on the rocks at Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge (the famous one) in Ireland. The rope bridge is not worth the visit, BTW.
This picture here is only to show general scale of the basalt columns at the Giant's Causeway. Note the human in the upper right. All the columns are more or less the same genereal size, about 35-55cm in diameter.
Tops of basalt columns, worn out but above the water line. It's this type of layout that leads to the myth it's a large flagstone road made by a giant.
The entire beach area is cluttered with shattered or poorly formed rocks from the same general basalt/lava formation. The causeway itself is the "pure" geometric form but all around it is bits and pieces.
There are two fingers of "geometrically consistent" basalt pillars (consistent enough to be Interesting For Tourists.) Erosion takes its toll however.
I think this kid was more impressed with the wave action on this overcast, blustery day than with the unique geology underfoot.
Basalt columns on the lea side of the main brunt of the waves, so very little erosion here. On the opposite side they're all worn down and rounded.
View straight up from part of "The Giant's Organ" where one of the pipes fell missing ages ago.
The main "Causeway" as it descends into the water. You can walk out here if you won't mind getting wet. At this point it's still about 10' above sea level but waves come crashing over every 20-30 seconds.
Just a thorn. Thought it was interesting.
All the water from large waves trickles back down off the formation in a collection of cascades from rock to rock.
The "main road" (this is officially classified as an R-level secondary road on maps of Ireland) that's a blast to drive up to Horn Head. One lane, steep, switchbacks, and sheep.
Some of the side cliffs leading up to Horn Head. The entire top area is wet, spongy peat and mud, with few well-define paths (this is not a formally-maintained area.)
Wave action at the foot of the cliffs... They appears to head mostly straight down as the waves "boil" moreso than "crash".
Light and darnkess... A view of a window frame through another exterior hole.
View of the keep and surrounding walls of the Napoleonic era watch tower on Horn Head (not a formal historic site or anything.... There's ruins like this all over the place, can't often tell if they're old or modern -- except there's no road for 3km around, for this one..)
View look up at the sun (with a wall in the way.) People are using a lot of "stray" rocks to to shit like write their name in 4' letters on the slops, but at least they don't seem to be vandalizing the ruins themselves.
Timber patterns and original wood from some of the interior joist support.
Another example of an "official" Irish secondary road, indicated as such by both of my maps as well as by the TomTom GPS. I had to drive 4km on this to close the Horn Head loop.
Example of the "shallow" hills in the Donegal area. Lots of peat erosion (either due to mining or to natural causes) and sheep running everywhere (and often not fenced off from the road.)
This is not accessible even to the sheep. Again, high haze makes these longer shots hard, Wednesday is supposed to be "dry" so we'll see.
Normal coastal scene from Donegal. There are beaches *everywhere* (except where there aren't in which case it's a cliff.)
Picture of me squinting into the sun by the ruins atop Horn Head.
View up inside the tower of Granuaile's Tower (Castle Kildavnet)
Gigantic mutant burdoch-style plans surrounded Castle Kildavnet. These seed pods or whatever are about 12cm x 40cm. Not sure what this plant is.
Ruins such of this of old houses exist everywhere, in various states of decay, often mere meters from new, modern houses. It seems sloppy until you remember that large area of Ireland were suddenly depopulated during the famine years (there are entire ghost towns in various hardscrabble places, still.)
It may look like a pile of rocks, but it's actually a neolithic field wall, part of a farm from around 3500BC uncovered under 5' of peat. How can they tell? "Geologically-inappropriate rocks and patterns under peat that builds at 0.3mm/year on average." Only certain parts are excavated, the guy mining peat in the 1930s was smart enough to realize he had uncovered something interesting.
Sheep are everywhere, on the roads, on the hills, lying in the sun by stone walls, etc. This and all sheep are marked with some sort of ownership/breeding blaze of colour (blue, green, red, or a combination.)
The outer perimeter wall for Aughnanure Castle near Killarone, Ireland. The grounds are covered on two sides by a natural moat eroded into the limestone (in fact, a underground tributary passed under the main grounds, and the limestone arch collapsed at some point.) Overlooking the moat is moody and overgrown.
Watchtower at Castle Aughnanure.
Gun portal in the outer wall of Castle Aughnanure. This is a 15th century post-gunpowder fortress that was designed for small-arms and the lack of artillery/canons in such a remote location.
The look down the spiral staircase of the main tower. The tower rises 5 storeys and has three floors of living area plus the roof.
Wall and guard tower of Castle Aughnanure.