An Autumnal Evening At Tibradden

To dispel any myth that I only hike at Lugnaquilla, I decided that I would do a post about a short (but pleasant) walk to Tibradden Mountain in County Dublin.

Now that summer is over, we are coming into much more interesting times, photographically speaking. As readers of my blog will know, winter is my favourite season of all but autumn is certainly second!

Tibradden summit lies just above the Zipit forest adventure zipline area, it’s not a long walk, but a pleasant one.
Starting off just before the Zipit area, I took a steep shortcut I know that can offer some nice views over to the trees at Cruagh wood.Cruagh Wood copy.jpg

An excellent time of year to be in the forest.
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The forest stretch at the start of the walk is pretty short – it’s not long until you hit open hillside, where you simply follow a rocky path (with occasional railway sleepers) to the top. Navigational skills are not required on this walk.

Above the trees now, a pleasant view over to Montpelier Hill, and the Hellfire Club (an old hunting lodge, with many supernatural tales surrounding it) emerges. A curious place, unfortunately a little spoilt by mindless graffiti.
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At the summit now (it is a short walk!) – and nearby here lies a prehistoric burial cairn.
Though not terribly windy here, the clouds in the sky are indicative of fast winds in the higher atmosphere.
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I opted to walk a bit further on from the summit – continuing even further would lead to Fairy Castle/Two Rock mountain but I had not intended to walk there this day.
The light and colours at this time of year can be amazing.
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Clouds thickening here at one of the tors of Tibradden. Wind increasing too.
The clouds in the sky are taking all sorts of forms, lenticular/flying saucer shaped.
If you find yourself in the shadow of a lenticular cloud, then in the shade you shall stay if you do not move on. These clouds don’t tend to move much – they are continually reformed over the same location by new air rising up and over a mountain, condensing and producing the clouds.Tor copy.jpg

Looking over to Cruagh, the sky is most curious.
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I  decided to wait here for a while, near the tor – I am a huge fan of rock formations and I was waiting for the sky to show me some interesting patterns.

But, being close to Dublin – this is a popular walk so my patience was thwarted when a group of scouts came to look at the tor – more a fan of nature than humans, I opted to move on.

There is a nice view over to Howth and the sea from near the summit area, with large ferries and cargo ships toing and froing.
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Heading back to the tor now, hoping that it was free of people – indeed it was, but the sky was becoming totally overcast. Looked great though.
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This was a small taste of the display the sky would create a small bit later.
Back at the cairn now, and the light show really began:
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Further down from the summit, this spectacle presented itself.
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I have seen a lot of things when out hiking, sometimes nature puts on an amazing show like the above. I’d like to add, the images I present here on my blog are not ‘cooked’ up in photoshop – in the digital darkroom I prefer to do minimal work on my photographs to achieve a look and feel that was the same as what I observed, sometimes I might lighten shadows, darken highlights but really not much more than that. Analogue photographers would have been able to do the same with dodging and burning.
Of course, the high dynamic range of my Nikon D810 helps a LOT.

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