STORMY ATLANTIC 0CEAN

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These photos were taken on Clogher Beach, on the west end of the beautiful Dingle Peninsula. This is our most popular spot in West Kerry for capturing big bold crashing atlantic waves. Yesterday I took a trip there and took several photos, as one does. How grateful I am that we no longer have to use film that one has to use sparingly for fear of waste and cost. So here are a few of those photos.

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The island in some of these photos is Inis Tuaisceart, also known as The Sleeping Giant, or The Dead Man (An Fear Marbh). It is one of the group of Islands known as the Blasket Islands.

Thank you for viewing my post. If you would like to see more of this area, on my website, you can see several paintings as well as photos of the Clogher Beach area. Please check out this link:

http://www.helene-brennan.com/tag/clogher+beach

Also, Some of my earlier posts featuring Clogher Beach can still be seen:

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A FEW SHOTS BETWEEN THE SHOWERS

 

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We are getting the usual kind of showery weather here, and it’s a bit of a challenge to sneak a few photos between the showers while also avoiding getting myself and my camera wet. But here  are a few attempts I made in the Ballyferriter area of the Dingle Peninsula, County Kerry.

 

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Many more photos of this area can be seen on my Photos of the Dingle Peninsula category on my website:

http://www.helene-brennan.com/c25–photos-of-dingle-peninsula

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WEST KERRY SUNSETS (4)

More pictures of one of the wonders of the west of Ireland.  These photos were taken on Cosán na nEighe, a coastal walk next to Clogher Beach, Dingle Peninsula, County Kerry. Loads more photos of this area on my website:

http://www.helene-brennan.com/c25-dingle-peninsula-photos

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Thanks for visiting my blog. I hope you enjoy the photos. If you like sunsets please check out my previous posts of West Kerry Sunsets.

MORE CLOGHER

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Wild and fearsome –  yet magnetic and compelling –  the wild Atlantic waves at Clogher Beach. Dingle Peninsula, South West Ireland. More of my seascape photos on my website: http://helene-brennan.com/tag/seascape+photos

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CLOGHER

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One of the most wonderful places to be on the Dingle Peninsula. Inis Tiaracht  and Inis Tuaisceart (Sleeping Giant) – both islands of the Blasket group, are on the horizon, left to right.

Please see more of this area on my website:

http://www.helene-brennan.com/tag/clogher

Clogher Beach

Clogher Beach, Dingle Peninsula, County Kerry, Ireland

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A really massive splash

Clogher Beach must be the most photographed beach in County Kerry, both by tourists and local residents. It is a beautiful beach, though relatively small, but the main attraction is that it probably has the biggest waves on the Dingle peninsula – not waves for surfers, but really massive, ferocious, turbulent and truly awesome waves.  Swimming is strictly prohibited on this beach, even on a calm day, lest you should be sucked away by a dangerous rip current. On a rough day, which is frequent enough, you can see a number of cars in the car park, their owners risking the salty, damaging (to the cars)) spray, for the pleasure of observing and marvelling at the sight of these big, splashy rollers.

There are certain problems around trying to get good photos here. When the sea is rough this usually means there is an equally powerful wind, and even the best tripods may be somewhat challenged, and it’s virtually impossible to stand still. Another problem may be that the spray is coating the lens, as you get carried away trying to get those fantastic shots. This is even more of an issue when there is a spring tide, combined with a strong off shore wind, when you would be lucky to even stand in the car park without getting completely drenched – a disaster for your camera!

I was very lucky one day recently, when I went out to photograph the snow on the mountains, but stopped off at Clogher Beach, to find some of the biggest waves I have ever seen there. It was surprising because it wasn’t windy, but apparently there was a huge storm surge coming in from the Atlantic. There was beautiful sunlight, which was an added bonus.

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Close Inspection will reveal two tiny figures on the headland on the right. This gives an idea of the size of these huge waves.

It really is a hugely exhilarating experience to just stand and observe this exciting spectacle – gigantic breakers, whooshing, rushing and crashing like thunder, often on top of each other, surging forward, sizzling and fizzing to the shore. Massive splashes rise up from the rocks, apparently resolute on climbing high over the clifftops.

I became completely absorbed in this contemplation, and every, now and again I pointed my camera to grab the shot of that extraordinarily colossal wave or particularly massive splash, often just missing the moment, which could be very fleeting.  Eventually, I took several photos, and some of them are shown here.

Also, More info on my website:  http://helene-brennan.com/c25-dingle-peninsula-photos

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The island seen from this beach is Inis Tuaisceart, also known as The Sleeping Giant or sometimes The Dead Man (Fear Marbh)

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