The Story Behind The Photo: The Castles

This entry is part 9 of 19 in the series The Story Behind The Photo

We’ve another great photo for you in our series The ‘Story Behind The Photo’. This shot comes courtesy of Rosemary Kane and was taken on Rosemary’s first walk in the Mourne Mountains. It features a walking colleague studying the famous ‘Castles’ of Slieve Commedagh,  a group of spectacular granite tors on the south-side of the mountain.

The Castles, Slieve Commedagh, Mourne Mountains

Rosemary takes up the story…

“The shot was taken in February 2009 at the Castles, Slieve Commedagh. I accepted an invitation to accompany 5 colleagues, all male, all very fit, and three of them experienced hill walkers for what they described as a “wee walk” on Slieve Commedagh.

I’m a keen walker but had never walked in the Mourne Mountains. The route was via the Trassey Track, up through Hare’s Gap and over Slievenaglogh and Slieve Corragh to the Mourne Wall. It was a grey morning with flying cloud and short bursts of sunshine when we set out, as we got up to Hare’s Gap we found some lying snow.

As I toiled along behind the boys, who seemed to be engaged in some sort of race, it began to snow in earnest, and by the time we got to the Wall I could see nothing, rather a pity because I’d been promised some spectacular views. Owen, pictured in the shot, was literally gazing into blankness”

Many thanks to Rosemary for giving us permission to feature this fantastic picture.