The Wall

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The Mourne Wall stretches over 15 peaks across the steep and rugged terrain of the Mourne Mountains.

A major feat of construction back in the day when built in the early twentieth century with the purpose of enclosing the Silent Valley Reservoir which is serving Belfast, and the aim of keeping roaming cattle and sheep away from the water.

This impressive dry stone wall made of granite rock is 1.5 metres high on average with a thickness of nearly 1 metre and leads all the way up to the highest peak of Northern Ireland – Slieve Donard is towering 853 metres above sea level.

Sally Gap

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Ireland, February 2020

Hazy Afternoon

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Blessington, Ireland – January 2020

The Sun Goes Down

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Yosemite Valley, December 2019 / Nikon D7100, Sigma 8-16mm

Lit Up Valley

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Yosemite Valley, December 2019

Mystical Valley

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Yosemite Valley, December 2019

Yosemite Panorama

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Yosemite National Park, December 2019

Tunnel View

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Yosemite National Park, December 2019

California Sunset

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La Conchita, California, December 2019

Magical Oliva Sunset

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As I find myself on the south-east coast of Spain right now, enjoying a few quiet off days on the beaches of Playa de Oliva, I made use of the time in the evening, grateful for the fact the sun wouldn’t burn as hot as it does during the day, when it literally fries my skin that’s so unused to any sort of prolonged form of these warm rays, given the summer months have been washed away by persistent rain back home in Ireland.

So I took the short hike up to the ruins of Castell de Santa Anna, which is overlooking the small town of Oliva in the Valencian Community and the adjacent Mediterranean Sea.

Rewarded with a 360 degree view from up there, it certainly was well worth the effort; tranquility in its purest form watching on as the horizon changes colours to dark yellows, luminous orange- and red tones – but nobody is here, except myself, of course!

Having been to similar scenic viewing points in other places, like San Francisco or Lisbon that come to mind immediately, this one isn’t less spectacular, yet the area of Oliva, despite posing kilometers of the finest sand beaches isn’t particularly popular with tourists.

How wonderful, I think! There are still a few places not overun with tourists. Granted, I am one as well, of course….