Before returning back to walk, I had a sunset walk in the woods not too far from where I live. I had assumed the bluebells might be out, as they are out in my garden, and it was a lovely sunny day.
What a nice end to a great week off!
The main reason we went to Northern Ireland was to see the Giant’s Causeway. It has been on my bucket list for some time, and so as the time to visit got closer I became more apprehensive that it was going to be rubbish and a waste of money.
The weather forecast was always best for Easter Monday, and the closer we got to the trip it became almost too good – pure sunshine – and I was worried that my photos wouldn’t come out well.
I prefer moody, misty, overcast weather for my shots rather than brilliant sunshine. Naturally I’d shoot at sunrise or sunset, but there is more than just me on this holiday and operating around these times isn’t great. What ended up working in my favour was the lack of availability of restaurants.
The week before we went I realised that eating out might be an issue for the first two nights we were there – Easter Sunday and Easter Monday. These are bank holiday days so people will be off work and out visiting places. We rang around a few places, and managed to get a booking – but not until 845pm!
So we took this booking, with me secretly rubbing my hands with glee, as the restaurant was 5 minutes away from the causeway, meaning we wouldn’t need to get there until late afternoon. So suddenly the issue of the good weather wasn’t a problem any more, as thanks to it being a bank holiday we couldn’t eat until after sunset anyway!
As we were there so late, it was relatively free of crowds too.
When we got there, it was great. It is such a surreal thing to experience. Definitely the highlight of the holiday!
Another quick one – at my favourite place. I was hoping for back lit leaves but I’d mis-calculated how low the sun would be in the sky.
First day back at work today. I was full of big ambitions when I got in from work; ambitions about HIIT training and oven cleaning. In fact I managed to have a nap. I did manage to finish cleaning the oven whilst cooking tea #multitasking, and I did my HIIT after tea at the gym with my mum. So I did everything I planned to do, just not quite in the order I planned on doing it.
Today’s shot is from the field next to my house, taken in the gap between tea and going to the gym. Most of the field had been mowed recently, but there is a patch of grass near some trees at the far side which never gets mowed. I walked into the grass, realised I was surrounded by big fat spiders and backed slowly out. I then went to the less grassy area of grass and took this.
The weather said it was going to be cloudy but sunny this evening, so I decided to go out to shoot the sunset. My idea was backlit heather. When I got to the place I was going to take the photo there were a few other people there. Some had been out and were going back to their car, others were there with camera in hand – maybe they’d had the same idea as me?
We were all to be disappointed if that was the case though, as the clouds were all along the horizon and so there wasn’t really a sunset worth photographing. This was actually the second shot I took, but I thought it wouldn’t work out so I carried on shooting. Turns out this was the only decent shot I had.
Today was our first full day on Anglesey, and we set out to visit some bays on the opposite side of the island to where we are stopping.
This evening we had a nice enough sunset over the opposite side of the bay.