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Giants Causeway I is a creation by the artist Eugene Donohoe. Category Nature, Landscape, Waterscape, lake, river, Photography. I went to visit Giants Causeway for the first time at the weekend in the North of Ireland. It’s quite a remarkable place. “Sixty…

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I went to visit Giants Causeway for the first time at the weekend in the North of Ireland. It’s quite a remarkable place.

“Sixty million years ago Antrim was subject to intense volcanic activity, when highly fluid molten rock was forced up through fissures in the chalk bed to form an extensive lava plateau.

The dramatic cliff like edge of the plateau forms the Causeway coastline. The larger fissures, through which the lava flowed, can be clearly seen as bands of dark rock which cut down the cliff faces and jut out to sea. There were three periods of volcanic activity which resulted in the flows, known as the Lower, Middle and Upper Basalts.

It is the Middle Basalts rocks which forms the columns of the Giants Causeway. The rapidly cooling lava contracted and variations in the cooling rate resulted in the world famous columnar structure.

The columns are mainly hexagonal though there are some with up to eight sides. Weathering of the top of of the lower Basalts formed the Inter Basaltic Bed - the band of reddish rock which is a feature of the area. The same action of the weather created circular formations round a nugget of basalt which are known locally as "giants eyes". Some other formations with popular names are the Chimney Stacks, The Harp, The Organ and the Camel's Hump. Quote taken from this website
, which is worth visiting.

I was really surprised to see how small in fact the main area is. It was a beautiful day – wall to wall sunshine, which attracted many visitors and it was difficult trying to get images without people on the stones. I think I’ll go back again in the winter and try for early morning misty shots. It’s well worth a visit if you’ve never been there.

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C L avatar
C L One of my dream is to go there !
3 April 2007 at 06:20pm
Anne Friry avatar
Anne Friry incredible! when nature becomes a contemporary artist!
3 April 2007 at 06:27pm
Chris Calme avatar
Chris Calme Amazing !
3 April 2007 at 08:05pm
Ghost Limited avatar
Ghost Limited like the light and contrast here a lot!
3 April 2007 at 08:06pm
David Kennedy avatar
David Kennedy Its a fine and unusual spot (though a little too close to the Bushmills outlet shop for my liver's liking ...) and you have done it justice with your treatment, spot on.

Look forward to seeing more from your travels in Northern Ireland!
3 April 2007 at 08:09pm
Olivier Wavre avatar
Olivier Wavre Stunning! Excellent shot and wonderful B&W treatment. Congratulations
3 April 2007 at 11:22pm
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Pedro Inácio Excellent photo!
4 April 2007 at 12:56am
Marianne Le Carrour avatar
Marianne Le Carrour I know this amazing place in Ireland, and as you wrote I was very surprised how it small (like Stonehedge in UK)!
Great performance without any people in your shot ;)
4 April 2007 at 07:05am
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Philippe Mougin Great picture! great composition!
4 April 2007 at 11:22am
Denis Grzetic avatar
Denis Grzetic I MUST visit this...(one day)...great picture,Eugene...
4 April 2007 at 12:02pm
Henrique Trindade avatar
Henrique Trindade Great.
4 April 2007 at 10:29pm
Ghost Limited avatar
Ghost Limited nice atmosphere, and i appreciate explanations, thanks a lot!
4 April 2007 at 11:50pm
Pat Goltz avatar
Pat Goltz I wish I could see this in color!
21 February 2010 at 06:08am

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