The Blasket Islands are a group of islands off the west coast of the Dingle Peninsula, Ireland. These islands, considered the western-most point of Europe, were inhabited until 1953, when the last inhabitants were evacuated to the mainland.
We were lucky enough to have perfect weather for our visit – it’s often impossible to reach the islands when the weather is less than perfect. We took an ‘ecotour’ of the Islands, which got us up close and personal with not only the marine inhabitants, but also the rocky outcrops of the islands. Even with the good weather, standing up on the small boat to take pictures was an adventure in and of itself – don’t be fooled by the deceptively flat horizon in this picture, there was a fair swell which made balance (and sharp shooting) difficult. But the birds stood up and posed beautifully, and with a fast enough shutter speed to avoid blur from the boat movement, this shot was worth it.