Nature
rainbow

By Mike Jones 


A photographer has captured a stunning snap of rock climbers looking down on a vibrant rainbow from Northern Ireland’s highest cliffs.

The magical shot, which shows two climbers taking a rest near the iconic Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland, was captured by photographer, Mike Hutton.

The iconic Fair Head cliffs are popular with climbers and reach over 100 metres at the highest point.

PIC BY Mike Hutton / CATERS NEWS

In the background of the picture, The Mull of Kintyre – the southwesternmost tip of the Kintyre Peninsula in southwest Scotland, which is just 15 miles away – can also be seen.

Mike, 46, is from the Peak District and was on an assignment in County Antrim when he spotted the extraordinary scene.

He said: “On the day in question I was actually on an assignment to take rock climbing photos of athletes wearing branded clothing during a climbing festival.

PIC BY Mike Hutton / CATERS NEWS

“The extreme weather was perfect to test out their clothing but not ideal for rock climbing.

“A succession of violent downpours inter-dispersed with sunshine meant a rainbow was highly likely.

“The idea was to get a group of climbers on the top of the cliff just at the moment the rainbow formed.

“Ideally I wanted the rainbow to connect with them and after sitting out multiple showers everything came together.

“The main difficulty was in keeping the camera lens dry.

“There is something quite magical about a rainbow over the sea as the display of colour is very different.

“My aim was to take a photo that summed up the atmosphere of the climbing festival. This one certainly did. I guess it was the photographer’s pot of gold.”