Travelling from Cushendall to Ballycastle, Co. Antrim, N.Ireland in July 2010 as I approached the vanishing Lake I instantly seen a photo opportunity ! The early sun was coming over the hill, the light running across the landscape and illuminating the morning mist over the rainwater filled lake. It was 6.06 am when I took this photo and it was more than worth the early rise from my bed.
Taken with canon EOS50D, EF-S 15-85 lens at 22mm.
ND grad filter
Some info on the vanishing lake.
The small lake of Loughaveema provides an interesting example of fluctuating lake levels which are controlled largely by ground water drainage along the axis of a glacial meltwater system. At times of excessive rainfall water levels rise to a maximum and are controlled by an outlet to the north. During the summer months lake levels progressively fall due to depletion by ground water seepage and a series of temporary shorelines or washing limits are exposed. The latter reflect successive lake levels as small sandy or gravelly erosional and winnowed shoreline traces. When summer rainfall totals are low the basin will drain completely.