Cavehill, Belfast, County Antrim, Northern Ireland
County Antrim, Northern Ireland
Photograph by Aidan Monaghan
The photograph was taken in the depths of winter with the long dark days in their full gestation. I had ascended the slopes of the Cavehill amongst a thick blanket of fog. Visibility could not have been more than a couple of metres. It was fortunate that I was familiar with Cavehill, having walked the route several times previously. I positioned myself to the north of the crest of Cavehill to catch the sun as it rose in the east. I arrived at my location just before sunrise. At this time the fog hung heavy in the frost latent air of that winter morning. The opportunity of a successful shoot looked very doubtful indeed.
As the sun began to rise above the horizon it reached a point where it emerged between the low lying blanket of early morning fog and cloud in almost perfect alignment with the crest of the Cavehill. As it did so it struck out a linear ray of light which stretched out to caress the tip of Mc Art’s Fort. The fog began to funnel into a narrow vertical plume, spiralling against the shear rocky sides of the Cavehill. At the same time first rays of early morning light began to paint the frozen slopes with a subtle warm glow.
Having observed such a phenomenal sunrise, I have no doubt as to how the ancient promontory that is Cavehill gave rise to such an imaginative story of a sleeping giant that inspired the author of Gulliver’s travels. I too have now witnessed the giant emerge from its slumber beneath the mist above the city.
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- Aidan Monaghan
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