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“Granny Pass” – Donegal’s Glaciated Plateau


Maghera, Ardara, County Donegal, Ireland


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Maghera, Ardara, County Donegal, Ireland

This stunning valley was created by glaciers during the ice age around 12,000 years ago. Glaciers carved their way straight through the Donegal landscape out to ‘Maghera Beach‘ on the shore of ‘Loughross Beg Bay’ Granny Pass is not far from it’s sister valley ‘Glengesh pass‘ which is equally as stunning. However I had never visited ‘Granny Pass’ before so I set out to finally find it.

After a few wrong turns & pot holes you could paddle in ? I finally approached ‘Granny Pass’ from this upper angle looking straight out to sea. It honestly took my breath away with its sheer natural untouched beauty. Not even as much as one line pole or building was in sight anywhere as far as the eye could see. Like many areas on this coast there wasn’t a single soul around for miles. I was here for over an hour & not even one car passed through this valley.

I wanted to show you the valley from the coast up through the surrounding mountains & all the bendy road in its entirety. Although even with a wide angle lens it was totally impossible to fit all this scene into one photo. Sitting here a while studying it over in my mind I came up with a composition plan to bring you this photo!

I hiked up to the top of the mountain ridge behind me with my equipment (almost fainted with exhaustion lol) set up my tripod & carefully captured 14 slightly overlapping 14mm wide angle photos in portrait position. Then I spent all last night on my computer using software to seamlessly stitch them all together into this one Panoramic landscape photo you now see  It was the only way I could create an image that truly shows you exactly what I experienced looking over this geological wonder.

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