Well, the first major named storm of the of the 2018 Autumn season has rolled through and it was a big one. ‘Storm Ali’ as it was known brought its force to bare mainly to the west coast of Ireland, Northern Ireland and Scotland. Sadly storm Ali turned deadly and killed two people, one in Donegal and one in Northern Ireland.
Living along the coast you get to see both the spellbinding power and beauty of the ocean, along with its frightening ferocity. The sea can look like a mill pond and in no time literally look like it’s boiling with the force of a passing storm. At times like this it can be compelling as a photographer to try and capture this raw power. Which is what I wanted to do but in a safe manner. There were over 300 trees brought down along with power lines, so I stayed local!
Wikipedia describes Belfast Lough as “a large, intertidal sea inlet on the east coast of Northern Ireland”. It’s a pretty well sheltered coastal area but still gets very rough, though I’d imagine that open water was many times worse. Still I had no desire to be out there on a boat. Storm Ali came a few days after two massive international storms, Typhoon Mangkhut hit Philippines and Hurricane Florence hit the US. I really can’t imagine what it would be like being caught up in storms of that size, I think taking pictures may be further down my list of priorities!
As I’m writing this there are a string of storms heading our way. Stay safe and say hello to Storm Bronagh!!