Sunday saw Stephen and my brother Phil join me for a hike up Cavehill overlooking Belfast. A lovely warm morning but a bit of a lung buster!
After some last minute discussion Stephen and I decided to go ahead and have our Sunday walk today. Probably a wrong decision as it rained solid the whole time. I had decided to try and keep the camera in the bag out of the rain but as usual I saw a few things that made it worth lifting out.
This was the view over Belfast Lough, drizzle and misty at the same time.
I spotted this little coastal Cottage that looked like a throw back to years gone by. How it’s managed to survive tucked in between some mega mansions, I don’t know!
I then spotted a Grey Heron in the water along the coast. Normally a shy bird, this one seemed content to stand and watch us.
I sneaked a little closer and changed to a zoom lens and grabbed a few quick shots.
Stephen then let my dogs go and Smudge did a sterling job of chasing it off to a distant perch.
Some lovely coastal Wild Flowers in the rain. Sea Thrift is a favourite of mine for walks and as a accent plant.
Bluebells are out
Part of the World War 2 Defenses for German Bombers targeting Belfast docks. This gun commanded a great position from Grey’s Point overlooking Belfast Lough.
Maybe it was worth a walk in the rain anyway 🙂
Some photos from my walk this morning up Cavehill over looking Belfast and Belfast Lough. A bit misty at the top and some mist floating around the docks giving it a spooky look just in time for Halloween approaching.
Three photos in one using photomerge. Click it for a bigger image on FlickR.
Holywood, County Down peeking out of the morning mist
Had to laugh at this 🙂 Bonsai Baker down on his knees to get a decent shot, then …
Enter Smudge stage left who whipped him round the face with a wet tail on the way past 🙂 …
and the look of, ‘WTF’ on Stephen’s face 😀
Inspiration in an old Scottie
Why they call it cavehill
These two cavemen heading home! Spoke to them briefly on the way up. Both obviously high as kites from last night and have gone for a wander up the hill. They tried to pet my dogs who managed to give them a wide berth! [Yes Stephen, I’m taking credit for the cavemen joke 🙂 ]
Haws catching the sun.
Hooded Crows catching the thermals
McArts Fort with a misty top.
About the only splash of colour
Maggie splashing in the puddles at the top
Looking over the flat top, I’m a shadow of my former self 😉
I said to Stephen, ‘Look a Chestnut Horse’. He said, ‘You mean a Horse Chestnut?’ Nope 🙂
Finishing on the down slope.