Day 2

Early morning sunrise over the Upper lake in Killarney National Park. From the left MacGillicuddy Reeks, Purple and Shehy Mountains.

A story behind: Day 2 started with a nice sun and almost a clear sky. After a breakfast the Rochestown Park hotel in Cork we hit the road. We drove N22 west and passed the city of Macroom. The road was narrow and full of holes. The land was flat. Practically adjacent to the edge of the road there were thick bushes, giant magnolias, rhododendrons creating some kind of a curtain so, to tell you the truth, we could see nothing.
Soon the road began to climb and quite suddenly we entered the Kerry district with its first magnificent views over its gentle hills and distant mountains.

Killarney National Park
is a must-see place in Ireland: mountains, lakes, castles and rolling hills covered by thick forest. We passed the Killnarey town and entered the Park from the east. We headed for Gap of Dunloe - a high mountain pass with a magnificent panoramic views.

From the Gap we took R561 road and explored the Dingle Peninsula: the fishermen´s tiny but full of live town of Dingle, Slea Head promontory with high cliffs and a white sculpture of the Crucification, Dunmore Head tiny beach and soon arrived at the Dunquin pier ( see next chapter ).

From Dún Chaoin ( Dunquin pier ) we went back east, passed the unbelievably beautiful Connor´s pass to reach late in the afternoon our hotel ( the Ballgarry House hotel and spa ).

Location: Killarney National Park, Ireland.

Gear: Nikon D80, Sigma 10/20 mm, ND 0.3 hard, ND 0.6 soft. HDR.

Aperture: f/22

Shutter speed: 1+-0.7 sec

Focal Length: 12 mm

ISO: 300

Date Taken: July 13th, 2009, 05:38