One of the great aspects of living in Northern Ireland is that nowhere is very far away. We took an afternoon trip up the Mourne Coastal Route and then stopped off in Newcastle on the way back. The sky was overcast and moody and I liked this empty shot looking out to sea from the prom.
The remarkable appendix to the the Easter story is the tale of the the Emmaus Road encounter. After Jesus was raised from the dead he appeared to these two hopeless men as they left Jerusalem, their heads hanging low. On that road Jesus explained to them from ‘all the Scriptures’ the truth of God’s plan from before the foundation of the world. Dejection turned to hope as the truth was passed on. The dejected disciples exclaimed: “Didn’t our hearts burn within us while he talked with us on the road, while he opened to us the Scriptures!”
In so doing Jesus passed the baton of the proclamation of the Good News of the Gospel to us. We have that same truth, already expounded. Our privilege is to get alongside those who are struggling to hope and to pass on the Good News to them so that it can burn in their hearts too.
The Emmaus Road disciples returned to Jerusalem saying: “The Lord is risen indeed!” That’s the message of the Gospel, that Jesus stands again, stands above as the risen Lord and Saviour. And because Jesus is risen, we too have the hope of eternal life in Christ Jesus!
One thing I’ve found in my brief time living ‘back home’ is that the character of Lough Neagh seems to change with the weather. It can be windswept with waves or flat calm and overcast. Today was a calm day, with a few ripples, but plenty of cloud – the ideal day for a big stopper long exposure. As I was taking the shots the sun deigned to shine through the clouds, resulting in some wonderful rays beaming down from above.
This photo was taken at Lough Shore Park in Antrim.
As you can see from many of my photos, one of the things I like to do is take images that have no definite focal point. I think there’s a calmness about this sort of image that makes it less striking at first glance, but much more restful in the long term and something that you can grow familiar with, just as you would with the view out of a window. It’s the sort of thing I’d like to hang on my wall.
This shot was taken at the top of Lough Neagh at Antrim’s Lough Shore Park. The water was calm and the sky was soft and subtle. The whole package was restful to watch, and I think this image captures something of how I felt looking out along the lough.
In stark contrast to my first visit to Lough Shore Park in Antrim, the second visit came with a flat calm lough. The midday light was diffused through the clouds and the atmosphere was serene.
There’s a wonderful sense of space looking down the lough and the light seems to change with every visit. I’m looking forward to capturing a sunset or two by the water.