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Northern Ireland — Reaching the Giant’s Causeway

Over this week and next I’ll be presenting mostly images from an area that has amazed me since I first saw pictures of it many years ago. This is Northern Ireland’s surreal World Heritage Sight (designated: 1986) known as the Giant’s Causeway.

Even the approach to this magical area is filled with enchantment. Below you start to get a hint of what awaits you here:

Giant’s Causeay.

The Giant’s Causeway sits atop an old volcanic fissure, and here you will find an incredible series of 40,000 interlocking columns of basalt:

Basalt columns of Giant’s Causeway

Even those columns which do not fully protrude from the ground give one an other-worldly feeling:

Giant’s Causeway

The very ground here appears as one giant mosaic of naturally occurring basalt tiles:

Nature’s basalt mosaic

But it’s the columns thrusting into the air that provide the most visually striking features:

Basalt columns

Perhaps you can see now why I’ll be devoting the next two weeks to this mystical place. I hope you concur with that decision. If so, I’ll see you Wednesday.

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Fun Photo Friday — Carrickfergus and Carrick-a-Rede Favorites

Now for today’s Fun Photo Favorites of Carrickfergus and Carrick-a-Rede:

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Northern Ireland — Carrick-a-Rede

Our next stop was a rather unique one. Today’s article is on Carrick-a-Rede. And although it may not look like much from the picture above, take note thin structure connecting that small island to the coast. That is the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge, which supplies access to the island of Carrickarede:

Two brave souls crossing Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge

Carrick-a-Rede was for us just a brief stop to our ultimate goal this tour, which you’ll see over the next two weeks beginning on Monday. So, I’ll just keep you in suspense until then. Meanwhile, let’s today soak up the views from this site. Fun Photo Friday will present favorites from here and Carrickfergus.

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