Giant's Causeway, Antrim, Northern Ireland, UK

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Tom on March 3, 2008

Great shot Ian. I've been here! This was taken about mid frame of yours facing west southwest about 25 years ago. Beautiful, unusual place.

Regards, Tom

Ian Stehbens on March 3, 2008

Thanks for your remarks on this wonderful location, and for the link to your old image, Tom.

Basaltic lava flows are rather common in eastern Australia both on the coast and across vast areas of inland areas, and therefore this was quite a disappointment to me when we saw it. But as a child, the various images that arrived on calendars and in magazines from UK into the homes of my grandparents, meant that I built up an air of mystery and even imaginary intrigues about the Giant's Causeway!

So it was real intention that it had to be visited, when at last I was in Ireland.

I say disappointment, for as basalt landscapes and seascapes goes it is quite a small feature and a small area of coast, but to compensate it is very colourful and it does have so much story or legend wrapped around it.

Queensland's Great Basalt Wall, Basalt River, Lolworth Creek, Undarra Lava Tubes, Valley of the Lagoons plus the western areas of Victoria are just some of the stunning, diverse and interesting basaltic areas in Australia that are worth exploring. And I don't say this to boast for they in turn are small compared with some areas of Siberia and NW USA.

But back to Ireland. We took our time here and many pictures, and some similar to yours and we loved the picturesque landscapes of Antrim. It is a landscape that certainly deserves to me protected and managed well. And I hope Gerry does get to "drop up" and see it - many in the south now have open opportunity to do so, where once fear kept them away..

Sorry for the epistle, Tom. But thanks for your visit.

Ian

Tom on March 5, 2008

Ian. Thanks for that history and geography lesson. :) I agree that the area of the Causeway was smaller than even I anticipated but, as you say, the colorful landscape and stories were more than compensation for the dissapointment.

And I do understand the fear factor as this was the only country that both completely searched my belongings and frisked me from head to toe before I was allowed on the plane at Heathrow going to Belfast. A real eye opener. Times have changed.

Regards, Tom

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