Stormy Atlantic Ocean, West Coast of Ireland

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A Stormy Atlantic Ocean, February 2014, Connemara, Ireland

Stormy Atlantic Ocean 2014 Connemara, Ireland

Another day on the Wild Atlantic Way of Ireland's west coast, this time the day happens to be one of the stormiest in living memory in Ireland. With a tornado in Athleague, Co. Roscommon, almost 200,000 homes without power, 160km/h winds and trees falling on vehicles all over Ireland it was certainly an eventful day for some.

I was in the West, that is Connemara in this case; the part of County Galway west of Lough Corrib. With a long coast on the Atlantic Ocean Galway sits in the middle of the new scenic driving route called The Wild Atlantic Way that stretches from Donegal's border with Derry right along the Atlantic seaboard to Kinsale in Co. Cork. A distance of close to 2,500km - and all of it visually stunning!

This part of Ireland didn't see the stormiest conditions today and I wasn't as far west as one can go in Ireland but this stretch of coastline was raging, at times there was only white to be seen, almost as if the sea was boiling. From here you could sail straight to North America, but maybe not on a day like today.

The photographic challenges in stormy weather at this location were how not to get blown off your feet and into the ocean, and how to keep the camera free of driven rain and sea spray. Choosing a high ISO and being quick to take an image was the best course of action as I had to clean the filter every time after one shot.

My day started with some snowy mountain panoramas that I will post up soon, then I headed on to the coast. The winds have lessened somewhat although at the moment there are a few strong gusts coming out of nowhere and on my way home it started to snow again in the high ground. More winds are forecast for the weekend so if you are coming to Ireland, bring plenty of warm clothes and a good rainjacket.

These were more than bracing winds, but still a beautiful sight. Have a good day wherever you are and why not join me to photograph scenes like these or maybe even the Atlantic on a more calm day:

Last modified on Thursday, 20 December 2018 18:12
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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