Sunday, December 30, 2012

Gale, Storm, Thunder and Lightning

The last couple days were pretty rough. After an evening with storm force 10 we had thunder and lightning the following morning and plenty rain. Even the internet was dead. The wind got the Atlantic moving and big swell was the result at the Kerry coast.

Claude, a friend from Ballyvourney came to visit and together with my son we went for the Glen to take some photos of the big waves. Even the Skelligs were hardly to notice. From St.Finians Bay beach you could only see the upper part of the rocks. We finished the evening near Bolus Head with an exciting sunset that I just watched but not photographed.

This morning we decided to go the other direction for Valentia Island. After a short visit to Knightstown we went for the lighthouse at Cromwell point with some very impressiv waves. Lucky enough the wind blew from the southerly direction and kept our lenses reasonable clean. To get a bit closer to the action we drove to the place near the Valentia Radio Station were the Tetrapod foot prints are located. From there we had some wave crashing panorama in front of us that was simply breathtaking.

I decided to show the black and white version to give you an idea about the shapes and moves of the very energetic water. The few hours today out in fresh air near the Atlantic reminded me how privileged I am to live close to such unspoilt nature.

 I wish you all my friends, customers and family an exciting, creative and healthy year 2013!
Hope to see you some day in South Kerry.