Stand Alone – Lough Neagh

Lough Neagh from Lough Shore Park, Antrim
Lough Neagh from Lough Shore Park, Antrim

Antrim’s Lough Shore Park is one of the few locations around the shore of Lough Neagh that you can easily get to the Lough and see it up close. It’s one of Northern Ireland’s elusive spectacles – the largest lake in the UK and yet barely noticed.

One of the things that I noticed on moving back to Northern Ireland and working in Antrim is just how different Lough Neagh can be, from one visit to the next. It can be stormy, complete with white top waves or flat calm. Of course whatever the weather, a nice long exposure will smooth the water regardless of the waves. This way marker stands at the exit of Six Mile Water into Lough Neagh and makes a great counterpoint to the smoothness of the long exposure water.

Stand Alone – Lough Neagh

Beaming Down on Lough Neagh

Beaming Down on Lough Neagh

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.

Beaming Down on Lough Neagh