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by Andy McInroy
Photograph Of The Month - February 2008
Landscape Photograph

Port Noffer Twilight
Giant's Causeway, County Antrim

Technical Details
Date/Time: 4.26pm 13th January 2008
Exposure time: 30 seconds
Aperture: F16
Focal Length: 16mm (APS Sensor)
Lens: Pentax 16-45mm DA
Camera: Pentax K10D
Filtration: Lee Neutral Density (3 stops, to lengthen exposure)
13th Jan 08
Landscape Photograph
13th Jan 08
Landscape Photograph

Forgotten corners of the
Causeway Coast

I have taken a break from my Antrim sea cave project this month to enjoy some fresh air. However, my exploration of the north Antrim coast has continued. The hidden and rarely visited corners of the Giant's Causeway headlands are particularly intriguing to me. Indeed, I have spent many of my winter evenings studying the maps, aerial photographs and old writings of the Causeway Coast to seek out forgotten or undiscovered viewpoints.

One part of the Causeway Coast that continues to fascinate me is the inaccessible section to the east of Giant's Causeway. A lower path once existed that followed a precipitous route around these magnificent coves and headlands. Slope failure resulted in this path being closed to the public in 1994. However, undeterred, I decided to seek a sea level traverse out of Port Noffer to the east. Needless to say none exists, the route being blocked by the sheer cliffs of the Port Reostan Dyke. However, I was rewarded for my adventure with an interesting sea level viewpoint on the east side of Port Noffer which is tricky to get to and rarely photographed.

As the throngs of tourists swarmed over the Giant's Causeway on the west side of the bay, I had the east side to myself. Alone on the basalt platform, I enjoyed a quiet afternoon photographing Port Noffer and the stack just offshore. This curious stack is referred to as the Lion Rock (or sometimes Sea Gull Isle) in the old books, although the modern guidebooks make no mention of it. As the sun set the light levels dropped quickly. I continued to photograph into the twilight, enjoying the fading warmth of the sky. This photograph was my final exposure of the afternoon and even looking at the image on my camera LCD screen I knew that I wasn't going to beat it. Time to go home.

And as for those inaccessible coves, anyone got a boat?

Text and photos © Andy McInroy