Achill Island, Keel Strand, West Coast of Ireland, Beach, Seascape, Landscape, Rural Ireland,
Keel Strand is one of the most beautiful beaches in County Mayo, positioned beautifully under the Minnaun Cliffs on the Island. It is very popular with all types of water sports and outdoor enthusiasts. As the tide receded the wet sand created a perfect mirror image of the cliffs and sky. I had taken a series of shots including a kyte surfer which I was happy with but when the four walkers in the scene came into shot they made a fantastic focal point.
Achill Island, County Mayo, Ireland, Landscape, Seascape, West Coast, Rural Ireland
This location is along the Atlantic Drive, near the southern tip of the Island. From here there is a great view looking northwest along the cliffs towards Dooagh Village. There was a very large swell producing 25ft waves, which looked fantastic as they rolled into the small Bay. I managed to get out in between the showers for some quick handheld shots and was very pleased with the pattern the waves formed, while the houses situated up on the hill above the bay giving the shot a good sense of scale.
Achill Island, County Mayo, Ireland, Seascape, Pier, Large Wave, Rural Ireland, West Coast.
Dooagh is the most westerly village on Achill Island and out here you get a real sense that you are on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean as the road only continues for another few miles over the cliffs and down into Keem Bay. On the day of this shot I knew that the large swell would be breaking over the pier wall as the tide came in. The weather was a mixture of very heavy showers and clear spells so I set up my camera in between the showers and spent a roll of film recording the action.
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Skellig Michael island is known throughout the world of archaeology as the site of a well-preserved monastic outpost.
Situated near Porches on the Algarve in Portugal is this wonderful little gem of a beach Praia da Cova Redonda. It is generaly overlooked in favour of the nearby Praia da Senhora da Rocha but if you can find it then Praia da Cova Redonda will not disappoint. It is reached by a long set of gently descending steps that finally lead you out onto the fine golden sands of the beach. The photographs of Praia da Cova Redonda below are of the delightful little cove at the foot of the steps down to the beach which becomes cut off from the main beach at high tide.