The last 24 hours haven’t looked much like summer. Driving rain and strong winds have battered the west coast non-stop. If it keeps up, it might put as much of a damper on Race Week as the recession.
I drove around to the other side of Galway Bay – to the Clare towns of Fanore and Doolin – to get a better look at the rough seas. Some of the waves crashing onto the shore near Doolin were the biggest I have ever seen.
It wasn’t great for photography – the air was filled with spray even when the rain stopped. The picture above was taken just north of Doolin quay [bigger version here]. I’m not sure how high the spray went, but to give you an idea of scale, the rectangular boulders to the right of the ‘explosion’ are between 1 and 2 metres high.
I was using a Canon 40D with a Canon 100-400mm zoom lens [so that I could stand a safe distance away]. The camera was set to high-speed mode which allowed me to photograph the sequence of images below [it is also a very easy way to go through memory cards].