I have the pleasure of traveling to the Dingle Peninsula in Ireland every 1-2 years. It’s the most beautiful place in the world to me. Time is slower there, people are in no hurry, they still run herds of sheep down main street and there are no trains and very few buses that go there. It’s my own peaceful retreat.
I have photographed this area many times and captured the beautiful sun drenched western coast line with its magnificent waves crashing on the shore. I was thinking that I had photographed every nook and cranny of this area except for many areas inland without roads, so I made a plan to set out on one of the hiking trails called the Saints Path north of Dingle on my last day there. In fact, I had saved a whole day just for this photo trip. The weather had been beautiful and sunny the whole week, but on the last morning it was foggy with drizzle! My first thought was that I had planned my days wrong and I should have done this sooner, I was stuck inside for the day.
Then I had an inspiring thought…...maybe the fog would be a great capture! After all, fog is a regular weather event here and it would allow me to bring home the mood of the land with all of the ancient architecture encased in fog. So I went to the local clothing store and bought an inexpensive rain cover, put on my hiking boots and off I went.
It turned out to be one of the most spiritual days I ever had in Ireland. As I started to climb the Saint’s Path, I could see the fog all around me hovering in the distance. One minute, I could see yards ahead, then the fog would creep in around the rocks and I could not see more 10 feet in front of me. It was a beautiful experience all alone on the Dingle Peninsula, far up on a hillside, just the fog and I. It was a difficult thing to capture with my camera, but below is an attempt at before and after photographs.
It was well worth the trip out in the drizzle and fog. I did remember my plastic camera rain cover to protect my camera. I have many more trips to take to this peninsula and I think I will be spending more time in the fog!
All photography by Robyn Porteen
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