There are a handful of really nice basalt column areas on the globe, and Giant’s causeway in Northern Ireland, in the province of Ulster, is a really good example of this phenomenon. In fact, it’s such a fine place that it has been included on the exclusive UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites.
I early discovered that I was not the only person that wanted to see the place, it was more or less covered with people all day, buses delivering new crowds every 20 minutes. But why not include the people in the images, they’re a part of the attraction!
The floor of the core area consists of splendid hexagonal basalt columns, cut more or less at the level of the high tide. The lowest ones were black and freshly ground, while the slightly higher parts were covered with lichens. This created nice patterns, and I enjoyed it as a Mecca for photographical form-study while waiting for the sea to rise.
Then, slowly the light faded, waves started crashing into the black basalt sculptures, and rain-showers drew a continuously darker curtain over the sky. Now it was time to go for longer exposures. But simultaneously, the rain was so dense that the lens was easily covered up before the next wave appeared and even during the exposure. What about inventing a windscreen wiper for camera lenses?
Pål Hermansen / Wild Wonders of Europe
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