Galley Head

Nikon D70s, f8, 1/250 sec, ISO 200, 57mm equivalent

Nikon D70s, f5.6, 1/2000 sec, ISO 200, 450mm equivalent

We took a day off to go and do some exploring in West Cork. Having a look at the map we thought that the coastline around Galley Head (between Clonakilty and Rosscarbery) looked interesting. We were amazed at just how beautiful it was, with a fantastic beach at Red Strand as well as the spectacular lighthouse shown in the pictures here.

I love the symbolism of a lighthouse perched up high on a rugged and rocky coastline. It reminds me of Christ “the Light of the world” and also as the rock of ages and of course the rock of our Salvation.

When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” (John 8:12)

My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I shall never be shaken. (Psalm 62:1b, 2)

3 Comments to “Galley Head”

  1. Lovely pictures, Daniel, you must have had a magic time in this dream landscape.

    What amazes me is the difference between the two pictures of much the same scene: the land picture dominated by the green fields, and the sea picture all shades of blue and slate (and I can’t help noticing the seabird). I wish I understood how you achieve the effects – it’s no accident that for me the best pictures are in my head!

  2. Joc you are too kind. The truth is I’m not too sure about how the different effects are achieved, but the light was different for each: For the land shot it was overcast and for the sea shot the sky was much clearer. There’s other things too, like different metering (i.e. I metered off the sky for the first and off the lighthouse itself for the second) and two different lenses – but most of all it’s luck and light!

  3. Now, I think you’re being modest – it takes a lot more than luck!

    But what I didn’t say previously is how much I liked the symbolism you detected. The connection between what you saw and captured and what it means is definitely God-given, a matter of grace, and therefor lucky!

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