Photographer's Note

Pictured here is a tourist at the Giants Causeway in North Antrim.

The Causeway itself is renowned the world over for its natural and unique beauty, and I visited once again this summer. As I was taking some shots, this lady came along and made her pose. She took out what I can only describe as a selfie stick from her bag and proceeded to take what I would guess are pretty impressive selfies!

perhaps its because I am not into the selfie craze, but I found it quite amusing that an invention like this exists. It certainly drew the attention of many people around her.

The Giants Causeway itself is situated near the small town of Bushmills.
It is an area of some 40,000 interlocking basalt columns, the resut of an ancient volcanic explosion. The tops of the columns form stepping stones that lead from the foot of the cliffs and disappear into the sea. Most of the columns are hexagonal, but some have 4, 5 or even 7 or 8 sides. The tallest are about 12 metres high.
This is the most popular tourist attraction in Northern Ireland.

The legends of Ireland tell of the creation of the causeway in the legend of Fionn Mac Cumhaill, an Irish giant who lived in this area.

Another giant across the channel in Scotland by the name of Fingal began one day to hurl insults at Mac Cumhaill, and enraged, he picked up a clod of earth and threw it at his Scottish foe.
The hole from the earth taken became Lough Neagh, and the clod itself became the isle of man.

The causeway is said to be the remains of a landbridge Mac Cumhaill began to make in order to cross the channel to fight the Scottish Giant.

As well as the main feature of the causeway itself, there is also beautiful cliff walks around the area, offering great views of the cliffs and the waves crashing below.

Thanks for looking!

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