This view of the limestone cliffs that mark the coastline from near Dunluce Castle to Portrush’s East Strand is visible from one of the narrow headlands. I was particularly struck by the shapes and textures forged by wind and wave over many thousands of years. Standing here watching the sun set over distant Inishowen does the heart good!
The Golden Arch
Although I had known of the existence of this arch, I have to confess that it is only this year (my sixty fifth!) that I actually discovered where it is. Here the October sun turns it golden. Behind it Dunluce castle can be seen and in the distance Lacada Point, with its famous ‘chimneys’, marking the Giant’s Causeway.
The Golden Arch 2
A closer view of the Wishing Arch, turned golden in the October sunset, with Dunluce Castle clearly in view behind and Lacada Point on the far horizon. The relentless action of the sea carves such wonderful shapes!
Under the Greenwood Tree
This characterful tree points the way down the Shimna river in the heart of Tollymore Forest. This was taken at the start of Autumn so there is plenty of green in the scene.
The River in the Sky
I captured this photo of the Milky Way just opposite my home at the top of Gallows Hill. It is a shot I had been waiting to achieve for some time. Clear nights are something of a rarity in this part of the world! The warm tones in the photograph are the result of light pollution, coming from surrounding villages and probably from as far away as Ballymoney. I have photographed this protected group of trees in all seasons and in all weathers but this was the first time capturing it against the River in the Sky.
A first outing with my new camera along the magnificent cliff path at the Giant’s Causeway was rewarded when the sun finally and briefly broke through the grey and lit up a pathway across the sea to the western horizon.
The Colours of Dawn
One of my favourite recent images, because of the experience of watch the colours unfold from the grey dark when we first arrived at the ancient ruins of Kinbane Castle. The addition of the crescent moon was the icing on the cake!
Winter Sunset, White Rocks Strand, Portrush
Captured on a bitterly cold February afternoon (2018) as the setting sun caught the limestone cliffs surrounding Dunluce Castle through the crystal clear air reaching our shores from Siberia.
As captured from Whiterocks Beach, part of the now infamous "beast from the East" weather that impacted much of Europe in late February 2018, a snowstorm at sea is lit up by the setting sun.
White Rocks Strand is a favourite place for horse owners to exercise their animals and I was fortunate to witness the elegant strength as at the end of its run the horse splashed its feet in the salt water during a gorgeous winter sunset, February 2018
Pillar of Fire
On a cold February afternoon at Whiterocks Strand, a pillar of cloud out over the Atlantic catches the setting sun.
This was the remarkable scene that I experienced at Downhill Strand when I went for sunset at the end of February this year only to be caught in a violent snow storm, part of the "Beast from the East" weather that battered these islands. It was -2, cold enough that the sea water was freezing at the edges of the tide.
As the clouds cleared the Galaxy appeared over the Giant's Causeway, February 19 2018.
Causeway Winter Sunset
Some dramatic contrasts as the winter sun lit up the Giant's Causeway, February 2018
A path in the skies
The Milky Way rising above Slemish mountain, Co Antrim, in February 2018. The setting half-moon provided just enough light to highlight some of the details in the grass and the stream.
One of my all-time favourite images, from a visit in January this year to Mulroy Bay in Co Donegal.
The Castle and the Stars
This was shot during the first week of January this year, when the Milky Way appears over Dunluce Castle. I waited until the headlights from a passing car lit up the side of the castle so that it would be more than just a dark silhouette.
The amazing sea stack off Downpatrick Head in Co Mayo, during early January 2018, as the fog rolled in.
One of the most dramatic parts of the West Coast of Ireland, Downpatrick Head with the iconic sea stack. This was taken just before sunset and seconds before the scene was engulfed in sea fog.
I spotted this tree emerging from the mist as we approached the village of Belleek in Co Fermanagh on our way to Mayo and we simply had to stop!
A group of curious sheep posed obligingly in Co Tyrone early on a cold and misty January morning.
The gnarled bent remnant of an old tree points towards Slemish and beyond as the setting sun lights up the snow, January 2018
The remains of the day
The Slemish Tree, or as I call it the Steven Hanna tree, after the photographer friend who introduced me to it.
Little House on the Prairie
The old cottage near Cargan, in the Glens of Antrim
Promises to keep
During a recent blizzard I stopped by a clump of trees high in the Glens of Antrim and couldn't help thinking of Robert Frost's famous poem
Great Pollet Sea Arch
The spectacular arch on the Fanad Peninsula, Co Donegal, as photographed in late January 2018
The dramatic sea arch at Horn Head, Co Donegal, captured in 50mph winds on the last day of January 2018
Sea Pink 1
The first in a series of impressions of the sea, all made in beautiful winter evening light on the North Coast, at Whiterocks Strand.
Against the tide
The sea arch at Horn Head, including fellow photographer Tyler Collins to provide the human perspective.
On a winter's afternoon of big seas I went to Ballintoy to capture the waves as they exploded through a narrow gap in the rocks at Ballintoy Harbour.
Winter sunset catches the wave at the entrance to the endlessly photogenic Ballintoy Harbour
Sunset at Ireland's most northerly point, Malin Head, 13th February 2018, while being battered by (almost) gale force winds and dodging the downpours!
Winter in Donegal
A wooly sheep, a bare tree and a snowcapped Bulbin mountain, Co Donegal. A brief stop to enjoy the mountain views on our way to Malin Head, 13th February 2018