The Story Behind The Photo: Mourne Reflections at Sunset

This entry is part 19 of 19 in the series The Story Behind The Photo

The latest in our ‘The Story Behind the Photo’ series features a quite stunning photo from the Mournes courtesy of Nigel Clegg.

Nigel captured this wonderful shot at sunset after a day spent hiking in fantastic conditions.

Nigel provided us with the story behind his photo.

“After checking the weather on Friday and seeing from the forecast that there was a chance of some sunny spells in the late afternoon on Saturday, myself and a friend decided we’d head to the Mournes for another hike. However, we were not expecting the glorious day of weather we got. I have never been there on a finer day, the visibility was fantastic and there was hardly a wind.

The goal of the hike was to end up on Slieve Doan in the late afternoon and photograph Silent Valley and Slieve Binnian illuminated by the golden light of the late afternoon sun. We parked at the Ott car park around midday, hiked up to the stile between Slieve Lough Shannagh and Carn, after admiring the view for a while we decided to head right towards the end of Carn. We found what seemed to be the one dry rock on the soaking wet Carn, with a view over the heart of the Mournes and had our lunch admiring the amazing view in front of us.

During this time, I was chatting to my friend about whether we thought Lough Shannagh would ever be still enough to have reflections on it and we both agreed it probably wouldn’t. Little did we know! I had already taken photos of Silent Valley Reservoir and Spelga Dam with perfection reflections but had never seen Lough Shannagh still before.

After lunch, we decided to head up Slieve Lough Shannagh itself and then head over to Doan. I got the photo I wanted from Doan (which you can see on my website) and packed up and was heading back to the car when I noticed that Lough Shannagh was perfectly still, so leaving my friend at the top of the hill, I legged it down to the edge of the lough as quick as I could to the take this photo of Slieve Doan and Slieve Binnian reflected perfectly in the lough. Unfortunately I had to hike the whole way back up to the stile afterwards but I think the effort was worth it!”

Many thanks to Nigel for sharing this photo with us. You can see more of Nigel’s work at

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