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Causeway Coast, Day 2

Day 2 started with a false dawn, the light drizzle and specks of rain subsiding into a heavy rain shower washing away the colour of the rising sun.  Huddled in a small outcrop and undeterred, we managed nearly a full session of photography before running for the car.  The subject for the morning was a small group of rocks in the bay at Ballycastle.  The rocks were located just east of the Pans Rock which is connected to the beach by a small wooden footbridge.  The photo of the rock below is famous in the area and for reasons which are not instantly apparent. It was only on the way back to the car while speaking to a local resident of Ballycastle that we heard about the mysterious face carved in the rock. Sure enough, back in the digital darkroom, I was spotted the eerie face staring back.


The day soon cleared after breakfast allowing us to head back out to the small bays to the west of Ballintoy harbour which are dotted with numerous sea stacks. Like the favorite pastime of children laying on their backs in the summer meadows imaging shapes in the puff ball clouds above,  the sea stacks morph and shift in my imagination to take on their personalities such as the stack below. The jagged fin shaped rock anthromorphizing into a semi-submerged Spinosauras dinosaur; its sail like structure, head and tail just visible above the water and it wades around the Cretaceous North African shoreline on the hunt for fish.

From Ballintoy, we completed the short journey along the road to Dunseverick to photography the coastal waterfall. The multi-level waterfall, as shown in the photo at the top of the page, cascades down over the rocks into the sea.  As well as the waterfall, the area has numerous tiny inlets where the incoming waves wash in and out of the rocks providing ample opportunities to capture the abstract patterns in the sea.


The sun was hidden most of the evening behind a blanket of clouds, but we continued on down to the harbour to catch the twilight skies as the night rolled in.  The breakwater wall of the habour provided the setting, the hardly green moss barely illuminated in its hostile coastal environment, with its premium view out over the harbour and into the North Atlantic Ocean.