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Lough Dan 4

Here is your Watery Wednesday image.

This is a image of the actual lake. It’s taken from the same spot in the Lough Dan 2 post, but turned 90 degrees to the left. It’s very hard to photograph a large open spans of water with no points of interest to draw you into the image. Here I am trying to use the small ripple waves to bring you through the image . The image does nicely for the Watery Wednesday theme and continues the Lough Dan Tour. From the spot we had our lunch in the first post you can continue your walk around the lake by a path that follows the shore line of the lake.

I don’t think it’s as good an image as the previous post, but helps tell the Lough Dan story. The final image form this series will be on friday for the SkyWatch Friday theme.

The Story is nearly over……………..

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Lough Dan 4

Here is your Watery Wednesday image.

This is a image of the actual lake. It’s taken from the same spot in the Lough Dan 2 post, but turned 90 degrees to the left. It’s very hard to photograph a large open spans of water with no points of interest to draw you into the image. Here I am trying to use the small ripple waves to bring you through the image . The image does nicely for the Watery Wednesday theme and continues the Lough Dan Tour. From the spot we had our lunch in the first post you can continue your walk around the lake by a path that follows the shore line of the lake.

I don’t think it’s as good an image as the previous post, but helps tell the Lough Dan story. The final image form this series will be on friday for the SkyWatch Friday theme.

The Story is nearly over……………..

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Lough Dan 3

Here is your My World image.

The Lough Dan Story continues….
In the past couple of posts, I have shown you the views down at Lough Dan and also told you about the walk down to the valley along to the lake itself. Well the image above was taken from the road half way up the mountain walk back to the car. I think you can get a sense of scale in this image of the mountains and valley. It was in kind of a rush to get this image as the dark clouds were rolling in faster than I could walk and you can just about see them on the right hand side of the sky. Just as we got back to the car the heavens opened with rain and hail stones.

When you get down to the valley the walk is along the light shade running through the image. You pass through a small forest and can see deer in the field to your left. If they hear you, they will stop, look up and keep an eye on you until you are out of sight. I must bring the big guns (ie 400mm) with me the next time to get some photo’s of the deer.

This is the best location to take this overall view from, as further up you can’t see the valley and the mountain on the left blocks the complete view.

So there you have it Lough Dan, But wait there’s more…………

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Lough Dan 3

Here is your My World image.

The Lough Dan Story continues….
In the past couple of posts, I have shown you the views down at Lough Dan and also told you about the walk down to the valley along to the lake itself. Well the image above was taken from the road half way up the mountain walk back to the car. I think you can get a sense of scale in this image of the mountains and valley. It was in kind of a rush to get this image as the dark clouds were rolling in faster than I could walk and you can just about see them on the right hand side of the sky. Just as we got back to the car the heavens opened with rain and hail stones.

When you get down to the valley the walk is along the light shade running through the image. You pass through a small forest and can see deer in the field to your left. If they hear you, they will stop, look up and keep an eye on you until you are out of sight. I must bring the big guns (ie 400mm) with me the next time to get some photo’s of the deer.

This is the best location to take this overall view from, as further up you can’t see the valley and the mountain on the left blocks the complete view.

So there you have it Lough Dan, But wait there’s more…………

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Lough Dan 2

Here is your Monochrome Maniacs image

And to continue on the story from Lough Dan. The previous image was taken in front of the big trees you see in this image. After I got the image I relaxed a little bit and had another cup of tea. After this I walked around to see if I could get any more images before we started the walk back to the car. I spotted this view but had left the camera and tripod back at the spot of the last image. So like a man possessed a quickly walked along the shore-line the fastest way back to grab the camera and head back before the light changes. The light was changing all the time with the fast moving clouds. You just had to wait a few mins for the light to change again. After this image I headed back and packed way the lunch equipment and started the walk back.

But there’s more………………

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Lough Dan 2

Here is your Monochrome Maniacs image

And to continue on the story from Lough Dan. The previous image was taken in front of the big trees you see in this image. After I got the image I relaxed a little bit and had another cup of tea. After this I walked around to see if I could get any more images before we started the walk back to the car. I spotted this view but had left the camera and tripod back at the spot of the last image. So like a man possessed a quickly walked along the shore-line the fastest way back to grab the camera and head back before the light changes. The light was changing all the time with the fast moving clouds. You just had to wait a few mins for the light to change again. After this image I headed back and packed way the lunch equipment and started the walk back.

But there’s more………………

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Lough Dan

This is your Scenic Sunday image.

And they can’t get much more scenic that The Wicklow Mountains and Lough Dan.
It’s funny how things turn out. The reason I say this it’s because I should be down in Connemara this weekend for my 40th birthday. Yes I’m 40 today (Saturday 28th). But due to reasons beyond my control I was unable to go. However with Friday off work I drove down to the Wicklow Mountains for a few hours walk. It’s a wonderful walk down to Lough Dan. And I mean down because you park your car at he side of the road which happens to be on top of the mountains, which means that it’s a very steep walk to finish with back up to the car. According to the weather we were going to get wet all day long with showers and high winds. Well guess what they were wrong, kind off. It was windy and cold up on top as we started our walk, but as we started to descend into the valley between the mountains with had no wind and a wonderful sunny, cloudy sky as you can see from the image above.

Lough Dan is one place I love to go for a walk with the family as it’s safe and easy on the legs apart from the final bit back up to the car. I have been here many times before and have bucket loads of photo’s but still I was not happy with them as I knew that I could do better. As I have said already it’s funny as I should not been there on the day. This day turned out to be the best day for photography in all the years I have walked here.

What you see here is the river that flows into Lough Dan and it’s the place we stop to have lunch and a cup of tea. As we got down to the lake the clouds came along and put a stop to the photography for a while. I waited and waited, but was enjoying the peace and quite. Looking up at the sky, a got the camera out and ready on the tripod for the moment the sun came out from behind the clouds and lit the scene before me. Still I waited for the clouds to move into the correct position for the image I was looking for. So after a 1 hour walk, lunch and a cup of tea, the image I have been looking for. Boy was I happy and it gets better as I have about 7 more photos form this day that I am very happy with. 39 years and 364 day’s I had to wait but I think it was worth it.

Google Maps Link to see Lough Dan

From this link you can see Lough Dan in all its glory. If you look to the right of the name Lough Dan you can see the ‘s’ shape the river makes before it flows into the lake. The small bit of sand you see it the sand bank in my image above. You can also make out the cottage and tree.

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