A trip to Ireland back in 2015 sparked my passion for photography, inspiring me to purchase my first DSLR soon after returning home. When another opportunity arose to visit Ireland in June 2019, I had hopes of recapturing my favorite shots from my 2015 trip - specifically, from my day tour of Northern Ireland - with something besides a cell phone and utilizing the skills I'd honed over the past several years. As luck would have it, Mother Nature disagreed and, after seeing forecasts of heavy rain and flash flooding in and around Belfast, I made a last-minute decision to head the opposite direction from Dublin and explore the Killarney region instead.
I discovered this scene on my way to shoot one of the largest waterfalls in Ireland. What should have been a 30 minute walk turned into roughly three hours of exploring and shooting; it seemed another amazing scene was revealed every 20 feet. I found capturing the intimacy of areas like this far more interesting and beautiful than fighting the crowds at the main waterfall.