North Belfast? North Pole more like.
I’ve always wanted to see Cavehill in the snow, I never thought I would have the opportunity to see it at Easter time.
You know me, i’m a sucker for snow. When it arrives, i’m usually out with a camera to get snaps of it.
The truth is, I always planned to do my monthly visit to Cavehill for April for Easter Tuesday.
My reasoning was that I anticipated Easter Saturday, Easter Sunday and Easter Monday to be rammed, i’ll head out on Easter Tuesday in order to avoid the crowds.
When I woke up and looked out the window and saw my car covered in snow, I didn’t know what to expect.
Arriving around 8.40am, layered up, the car park was already quite busy. As I drove in, I could observe in the corner of my eye, people getting photos of the snow covered trees on the path leading towards the Car Park, which was a lot busier than I was anticipating it to be.
Despite the number of cars, they weren’t for people going up.
As I was making my way up, I was thinking they had the right idea, as a snowstorm started when I started walking up. I was worried this might have to be an abandoned trek.
Thankfully, I persevered, taking the opportunity to take photos of scenes and things I wouldn’t usually take photos of.
A sprinkle of snow can make even the most dull thing seem quite exciting.
I was rewarded for it when the weather changed, giving me daylight to work with when photographing a Winter Wonderland. I had to push myself through as there was no rest for me with all the benches being covered in snow even if I wanted to have a sit down.
As is usual, I had a look for Windsor Park and Solitude when I got halfway up, and I spotted that the pitch at Solitude was still covered in snow although it was removed by kick-off for that evening’s match against Dungannon Swifts.
Arriving at McArt’s Fort, taking in the view and the spectacular surroundings, as well as getting some photos, I then made my exit.
My plan was to go straight up and then down, but with the weather as it was, it would have been rude not to head towards Upper Hightown Road and see what photos I could get.
It was cold morning, but a very worthwhile visit.
However, the next time there is weather like this, i’ll head to Lisnabreeny Hill to see what it looks like in the snow.
I would presume that won’t be until the Winter, but you never know.