Built in the 1820s using a lot of dynamite The Antrim Coast Road opened up the towns and villages along its 26 mile length which had previously been mostly accessible from the sea. It is a beatiful scenic drive with many attractions a short way off the road.
Larne is my adopted home town and is a vibrant port town being one of the busiest ports connecting the island of Ireland to Great Britain. The town is surrounded by excellent scenery among the best to be found anywhere!
Having always had an interest in Space it was only a matter of time before I got around to pointing a camera upwards. Starting with film at first, the arrival ofthe digital age made it easier to capture astonoshing photographs of the heavens above us.
When one thinks of the Northern Lights, or Aurora Borealis, one thinks of Norway, Iceland, or Alaska. However, under ideal conditions when Solar activity, the Earth's magnetic fiield, and of course the weather come together, very decent displays can be seen this far south.
I have been very fortunate to have witnessed a number of eclipses. Three Total Solars, and numerous Partials - including 97% and 93% events, and of course Lunars. Here's a collection of snaps, not just of the eclipses themselves but some of the associated phenomena as well.
A small collection of shots taken at The Grand Canyon in 1995 during a whistlestop drive across the USA. So of course this is film. It scrubs up pretty well in fact, though I have recently (2018) returned with a digital. The newer pictures will appear here in due course!
As a space geek, this is the best place in the world! I've been four times, three of which were timed to see launches of The Space Shuttle, although all of them were delayed long enough that I never saw one go off. I was also present for a landing and that was diverted to California due to a spectacular thunderstorm in Florida!
Kodachrome was a superb fine-grained colour slide film made in various speeds from 1935-2010. At this point the combination of falling demand and the fact that the k-14 process was somewhat toxic resulted in it being discontunued. This was my last roll of Kodachrome 64 shot with a Minolta Dynax 800Si camera and 24mm, 28-135mm Minolta AF lenses, and a Russian fisheye.
Visible during the summer months in the short time between sunset and sunrise these thin wispy clouds are right at the edge of space being some 55 miles above the ground. Northern Ireland, being around 55 degrees north, is juat about the ideal latitude to see these clouds. Further north and the background sky is brighter. Further south and the clouds are too low in the sky.
Probably the best Star Party ever heldin Northern Ireland, this was a collaboration between the Irish Astronomical Association and BBC Radio Ulster. There was a live 2 hour radio programme, Starry, Starry Night, and some 500+ people, some with telescopes.
Quite apart from the "Golden Hour" towards the end of the day, my favourite parts of the day are the two ends, the sunrise and the sunset. Again, Northern Ireland delivers a huge variety of both!