Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge , County Antrim, by Aidan Monaghan
Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge
by Aidan Monaghan
The Carrick-a-Rede Rope bridge at dawn, County antrim. I arrived at the location approximately one hour before dawn. The Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge spans twenty metres linking the mainland to the tiny Carrick Island with a is thirty metres drop to the rocks below. The bridge is said to have been first erected by salmon fishermen over 350 years. The Structure of the suspension bridge has evolved significantly over the years. My first memories and encounter with the rope bridge was as a 10 year old boy. I followed by older brothers as they darted across the bridge without any fear or thought, my poor father watching and running in horror behind us as he attempted stop us from crossing. The Rope bridge in the 1980’s was a much more modest structure than it is today with as single handrail and large gaps between the slats.
On this particular morning in early September 2010, I chose an elevated position so that I could catch the sun as It rose above the horizon, with the Rope bridge and Carrick Island filling the fore and mid ground of the photograph. The hazy conditions of this early autumn morning made for the most spectacular sunrise with deep reds, pinks and blues. These colours filled the sky and were reflected in the sea. Beyond the early morning mist sits Rathlin Island and Scotland. Underneath, the island large caves are visible, it is said that these once served as homes for boat builders and as shelter during stormy weather.