Was I wasting my Time

26th November 2010
This morning I was up early again and headed to Keem bay on Achill Island. Keem is one of my favourite locations but being an hour and a half drive from home I don’t get to it as often as I would like.
On the journey up I drove through driving rain and hailstones and wondered was I wasting my time. I was tempted on more then one occasion to abandon the journey. As I drove the last mile or so it really looked like there would be no sunrise due to all the cloud. Even after I went onto the beach and it started to rain hailstones on me and I remembered I had not put out the bin, even though I had promised Patricia last night that “Of course I won’t forget” it really felt like I was in the wrong place. I phoned home and again made peace with my ever patient wife and about two minutes later the skies began to clear and the magic started.

Things were changing so rapidly that I had to work really fast, sometimes trying to shade the lens from the sun, next drying the rain off the lens and changing the camera settings as the light fluctuated so much as the sun appeared and disappeared behind the clouds. At one point as it rained I looked behind me, only to see this wonderful rainbow, trying to get a good shot of it I disserted my tripod ( you can see it in the bottom left of the photo) and scampered like a Mulranney Goat over the rocks so as to include the sea in the photo. It was only as I gingerly made my way back that I realized how lucky I was not to have fallen on the slippery rocks.

Keem was wonderful and as usual I had to leave long before I wanted too, but it was well worth the early start and I am glad I ignored the negative voice that kept talking to me on the journey there!.


Photo comment By David Browne: Wonderful light. Well worth the dedication. Obviously the Mountain Goat Training is 'standing' to you!

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