Double Rainbow at the North Antrim Coast

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Double Rainbow over the Antrim Coast Double Rainbow over the Antrim Coast Darren McLoughlin

I was not sure if I would go to the coast this morning.

Late to bed last night and a forecast that suggested the south of Ulster would have better weather today was making me reluctant to bother.

I set my alarm for 5:14 and my phone told me that was in 4 hours 11 minutes! Well, I could just cancel the alarm and go back to sleep.

It was a clear night with plenty of stars on view and in the back of my mind I thought if it is clear in the morning I will go.

Sleeping in for half an hour I finally get out of bed and look out of the window. It is clear so I go.

On my way to the North Antrim coast I descend from high ground and into the central plain of Ulster surrounding Lough Neagh where the conditions are slightly misty and overcast.

Hoping that the weather will be okay at the coast I head on through the night. I encounter little traffic until half way when there is a lot of traffic heading for the motorway, it is 6:45 by now and sunrise is in an hour.

 The sky is bright in the east and I know that I will miss the blue hour, that is okay because this morning I have a plan for what I want to photograph.

I arrive at the coast outside of Portrush, driving along the Causeway Coastal Route that heads on to Dunluce Castle, the Giant's Causeway and Carrick-a-rede before reaching the Glens of Antrim. It is already bright but the sun has yet to rise to my southeast.

After taking a few long exposures and panoramic images of the coast I head for shelter because it has started to rain.

The camera gets wet and then as the sun starts to rise above the cloud line behind me a double rainbow forms for a brief second. 

With the wrong lens on my SLR I take a quick picture then grab a panorama taken with my phone. I'm still out and about so not sure what it looks like big, but here is the picture of the double rainbow that formed briefly over the north coast of Northern Ireland this morning.

Waves crashing over rocks on the Causeway Coast of Northern Ireland

I headed on round the coast after this and photographed some mighty waves crashing on to the shore.

Well, the weather forecast was right in that there were squally showers and high winds. That was fine for me, you have to make the most of the weather in landscape photography.

Darren McLoughlin

Irishman and International travel photographer in search of the best bits of Ireland. Leading photography tours and experiences in Ireland.

Contributor to New York Times / Sunday Times / Irish Times / Echtra Echtra and Eonmusic

Cancer survivor.

Ask me about travel in Ireland or about photography in Ireland.

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