There was a fantastic turnout for May’s club outing. We congregated at Carrick Little car park, our destination – Buzzard’s Roost. We passed the charred tree trunks of Annalong Wood on our right; a captivating, stark and graphic sight.
On our approach to the Blue Lough we lost two photographers to the allure of ‘The Tree’ which from where I stood looked considerably scrawny but I was assured this was one of the most photographed on the Mournes.
The climb was rocky and the path unstable but we could see the sun beginning its descent behind Slieve Binnian’s North Tor. We were hoping for a sky full of character and colour; we weren’t disappointed.
Some of us didn’t make it past the allure of Ben Crom reservoir, a seemingly bottomless blue, while a few others continued onwards and upwards to Buzzard’s Roost.
We had a superb evening culminating with our descent in the depths of darkness; the austere silhouettes of the summits watching us leave. I wasn’t the only one who had forgotten a torch and was grateful for the technology of mobile phones equipped with torches.
For a few of us this was our first time attempting landscape photography, others had merely dabbled in it but having viewed some of the group’s photographs it clearly won’t be the last.