Day 2 ( part II ).

Mid-afternoon, a view from the Connor´s pass to the valley floor and Brandon bay. Rain and cold, heavy clouds skimming the peaks but suddenly a burst of light in the valley.

A story behind: Dingle peninsula is absolutely one of the hidden treasures of west Ireland. It is quite remote and difficult to reach but it offers some of the Ireland´s most breath-taking scenery.
From Dingle ( the region´s main town ) the road climbs and approaches the ocean. When you finally get to the sea there are hair-raising views: from its westernmost point Blasket Islands can be clearly observed and to the south a nice view of the Skelligs islands can also be appreciated. The road is narrow: one side of the road hugs a wall of rock and the other side fells sharply to the creek of excited water.
Soon we arrived at our destination: the Dún Chaoin or Dunquin pier - a small port glued to the sharp wall of the rocky cliff 100 meters high.
From Dunquin pier the R560 road crosses the Dingle peninsula and Slieve Mish and Brandon Mountains to reach flat sandy beaches in the Brandon and Tralee bays.
When we passed the Connor´s pass it was raining again. But thankfully these bad weather moments can change into a photographer´s paradise.

After the small stop at the pass and a considerable time of "ahhs" and "ohhs" we pressed on and soon arrived at the hotel.

Location: Connor´s pass, Ireland.

Gear: Nikon D80, Sigma 10/20 mm, ND 0.6 soft, tripod, umbrella.

Aperture: f/5.6

Shutter speed: 1/30 sec

Focal Length: 12 mm

ISO: 400

Date Taken: July 13th, 2009, 16:56