It’s a sight that has been put into words many times, by many wordsmiths. “A sea of basalt blocks, black and hexagonal,” writes Jim Richardson in National Geographic, “a long step from one to the next, descending into the sea, like primal pistons thrusting out of the earth.”
This is the Giant’s Causeway. And the moment your eyes fall on the 40,000 hexagonal basalt columns, sliding into the sea like dark stone steps into bubbling foamy waves, is a jaw-dropping one. Writers have long been drawn here, but it’s no surprise that it’s a location that also attracts artists, and especially photographers, from all over the world.
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Causeway's basalt columns capped with snow.