Autumn around County Down

I’m a bit late putting these up as Winter is well and truly upon us but having found them on my camera I thought Id stick them here as a reminder of Autumn 2016 which has left us for ever.

Picture 1: Queens University Belfast, Picture 2: The Ulster Museum (Botanic Gardens), Picture 3: Palm House (Botanic Gardens).

 

Picture 1: Tree shadows in Botanic Gardens, Picture 2: Yellow tree at Queens University Belfast.

 

Holywood, County Down. Looking over Belfast Lough just after an Autumn sunset.

 

autumn-8

A burst of yellow @ Ballymenoch Park, Holywood, Autumn 2016

Helens Bay, Co.Down 10th January 2016

I haven’t posted anything in a while with a few personal things going on, but new year brings new intentions to get things going again, and as ever, the idea is to show just what Northern Ireland has to offer beyond its troubles of the past and its big ship that sunk in the night. There’s much more to our tiny country than those black taxis around tainted murals, or even the wonderful Giants Causeway. Have a look and see what has lay hidden for decades from most travellers eyes, and where most sights are never more than 120mins apart.

All photos were taken with only my Sony compact camera, so my pictures actually are of what you will see (no hyper-realistic SLR pix here as I prefer to show reality). Heres to a great new year of 2016 and I hope it brings each and every one of you much happiness 😀

 

 

HELENS BAY – SEAHILL Coastal path, on the evening of January 10th 2016

 

Helens Bay - Seahill 10.01 (1)

The weather in the north of Ireland (in fact all of the UK and Ireland) has been the wettest ever on record this winter, so we’ve barely seen the sun in weeks. Last night however there was a little glimmer of gold as the day began to fade so we went out for a walk along the shores of Belfast Lough and grabbed a few pics.

 

Helens Bay - Seahill 10.01 (2)

 

You cant really see it here, but this is looking across the lough towards Carrickfergus from Helens Bay

 

Helens Bay - Seahill 10.01 (4)

A rocky beach between Helens Bay and Seahill

 

Helens Bay - Seahill 10.01 (5)

You might just be able to see a little bench to sit on to the left here, but we decided not to given it was very, very cold!

 

Helens Bay - Seahill 10.01 (3)

After all that rain, much of the path was muddy and puddled, but it made a nice feature in this picture.

 

Helens Bay - Seahill 10.01 (6)

Daylight almost gone now, the last embers of light fading into a January night.