Friday, August 5, 2011

Giants Causeway, County Antrim.

The Giants Causeway is known to every small child in Ireland due to the legend of Finn MacCool, but its also the first tourist attraction in Ireland to be declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO.
First the folklore the Giants Causeway is known to every small child in Ireland due to the legend of Finn MacCool, the enormous leader of the Fianna. These were an elite band of warriors that protected the high king of Ireland and he was the greatest champion amongst them.
One Story was that he was on the Antrim coast and the Scottish giant Benandonner started shouting across the sea mocking him and taunting him about his fighting abilities. So Finn built the causeway as a challenge for Benandonner to come across and fight him. As the Scots Giant made his way across, Finn realised that the Giant was much bigger than him and raced to his wife to figure out what to do. She put him in the babies cot and when Benandonner came in and saw the size of the baby he fled in terror and raced back to Scotland, as he crossed the causeway he destroyed it behind him to prevent the gigantic baby's father coming after him
In reality they were formed 65 million years ago as a lava lake slowly cooled as the last supercontinent Laurasia started to break up. As it cooled slowly the cracks developed into patterens that ran through the depth of the flow. 
 The height on this side is about 6 meters or 20 foot
 Various shots on the Causeway
 Looking to the East
 Looking to the west
I liked the contrast with the seaweed.

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