Winter Has Come... In March...

Hi there. Hope this finds you all very well. How's your 2018 going?

Recently, Ireland & the UK got hit by the #BeastFromTheEast, a mixture of freezing temperatures from Siberia, paired with Storm Emma moving up from the south. The result was blizzard-like conditions, with much of the country covered in snow drifts. Here in Ballybunion things were no different on Friday morning, with heavy snowfall having landed overnight.

The 2-3 days before the snowfall heralded some strange weather conditions, with almost entirely flat seas, and the occasional flurry of snow, none of which lingered. It did, however, make for some lovely photo making conditions. Here are a few photos made in the days before the heavier snow.

Ballybunion to Loop Head, with early signs of the snowfalls. Stinging cold. I love the way you can see the wind on the water.

The early snowfalls from the Cliff Walk over the Nuns Beach in Ballybunion. At this point, I was very excited just to see some snow on the ground. Little did I know...

The Day The Snow Came

Late Thursday night all of the signs in Ballybunion pointed towards little to no snowfall for Friday, much to the disappointment of many. On Friday morning I woke & opened the curtains to find the streets and gardens covered with a thick layer of snow. Having shovelled clear the path outside the house, I set on my way to take in the scenes around town. Here are some of the shots I got on the day.

FYI, All the photos in this post were taken using the native camera app on my Samsung Galaxy S8+. Click on any of the images to see in full-screen.

One More Thing...

While stood atop the cliff looking over at the snow capped Virgin's Rock (the big sea arch, for those of you who don't know what I'm referring to...) I was blown away by how surreal it all felt. It felt like something I'd seen in videos of Iceland, but it was Ireland, it was Ballybunion, it was right in front of me & real. I took my phone & started recording a video of the snow blowing by. I used the slow-motion feature, and carefully selected slower points. When I returned home I cut in an ambient piece of music I recorded a few years ago into, syncing up the loudest part with the only part of the video that played at normal speed. I hope you like it.

Melting Point

Like all good things, it had to come to an end. The snow has now almost completely melted, and we're back to normal weather conditions. Still, it was a wonderful experience.

If you've a favourite image be sure to drop me a comment below and let me know.

What did you get up to during the snow? Did you love it or loathe it? :)

Take care,