Wedding season is well and truly here and I'm thoroughly enjoying my August so far. There's a cracking wedding coming up on the blog in the next couple of weeks. At the start of the school holidays my family managed to grab a week away visiting family and the majestic scenery of Northern Ireland. It's a place I've always wanted to see up close and we had a pretty good run of sunshine too.
It's fair to say that tourism is really taking off here. The large cruise ships berth in Belfast and coaches drive the length and breath of Ulster, no doubt fuelled at the moment by Game Of Thrones. We did take in a couple of the locations, but this was more to do with the scenery than the Targaryens.
I've included 15 postcard images encompassing our entire week, starting with the iconic Giant's Causeway, a place I've always wanted to photograph. My second postcard is The Dark Hedges. We got up especially early to capture the view before the buses of tourists arrived. Belfast's story is very much intertwined with the fate of the Titanic, on a very wet day we went to the amazing Titanic Belfast museum and took this photo along the original position of the dock. Its story is also immortalised in stained glass within City Hall. The third postcard location depicts the stunning Glenariff, a day after heavy rain resulted in a huge volume of water over the many colourful waterfalls. My next postcards depict the east and north coast's varied beaches, with lighthouses, ruined castles and sea arches. The wild flowers and thistles on the cliff top saw a huge display of painted lady butterflies. The north coast contains my favourite views and from a trip to Carrick-a-Rede I saw this pretty white church and amazing birds in the multi-coloured sea. Our accommodation for the week was Blackhead Lighthouse. It was a huge honour to be able to stay in such an iconic building and gave us a week of tranquility.
I was expecting a beautiful place - and I know we only scratched the surface - but can't wait to go back and explore more of this stunning scenery. A huge thanks again to the family for sharing this with us.