I captured the Dark Hedges during July this year whilst on a family holiday to Portrush, Northern Ireland. I had heard about the famous Dark Hedges situated just outside Armoy and was simply dying to get there and take some shots. As it was only a stones throw from where we were staying so I bundled the kids into the car and off we went in search of the famous hedges.
After a short drive from Portrush we managed to find the Dark Hedges; the location has been become particularly popular thanks to the trees appearing in the TV series Game of Thrones and as a result a small carpark has formed at one end. My entire family shared a similar first impression with my kids asking “is this real?”, it honestly feels like you are driving into a painting, it is simply surreal.
Typical for Northern Ireland as we started to walk down the road it began to rain, shooting the road was also made difficult by the volume of traffic so I left my tripod in the car and just shot the photos handheld. We walked up and down the famous road taking photos whilst dodging puddles, cars and other photographers with tripods and expensive looking cameras.
I was using a little nine year old Fujifilm Finepix s9600 but as you can see the photo the little camera is still a top performer. I hope to return to the location and shoot it again (without the kids). There is no wrong time to visit the Dark Hedges, Northern Ireland’s seasonal weather will offer up plenty of drama but I would really love to capture the trees on a snowy winter’s day and during the first light of Spring.
If you ever find yourself in Northern Ireland this is really is a must see location on your way to the famous Giants Causeway; the North Antrim Coast will never disappoint for stunning landscapes and view points.
The Dark Hedges
About Lee Simpson
I live along the Fermanagh Lakes in the beautiful country of Northern Ireland, I use a finepix s9600 camera, 9 mega pixels may not be the best but I have had it for years.
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