The White Out

Last weekend was a recipe for disaster... 

On Saturday afternoon I ventured into the Mournes hoping to finally photograph Slieve Binnian at sunset. Despite the hike up remaining relatively calm and clear I was in no way prepared for what I would soon encounter... Upon arriving at the summit I was quickly greeted with fierce winds and thick summit cloud - the latter of which made it difficult to even navigate, never mind take photographs! So needless to say Saturday was a bust...

Then came Sunday. I was determined to photograph this elusive slummit so once again I headed up hoping for success. Unfortunately, just like on Saturday I was greeted with summit cloud. It wasn't nearly as thick as the previous day's, but it did mean I wouldn't be able to grab the photograph I had wanted at the south tors...

So instead I scoured the land hoping for a potential photograph, all while trying to avoid the cloud that was wisping around me. Eventually I came across a beautiful rock face with a small blanket of snow and decided to take a quick test shot. Then, as if someone had just turned the lights out, the sun was gone. 

I suppose this is a lesson for anyone looking to photograph the Mournes:

  • Always go prepared — it may look nice from the bottom, but conditions at the top are unpredictable and are often much colder and windier than you'd expect.  
  • Photograph what you can and stick with it — sometimes you won't have as much time as you'd like to scout the location, so managing your time is key. 

But thank goodness I took at least one shot! Here's hoping I conquer Slieve Binnian sometime soon!