Storm Ciara was in progress over the UK and Ireland on Saturday 8th February 2020 - the Met Office had declared yellow warnings for rains and wind - when I attended the East Down Hunt Club Point to Point at Kirkistown ( a round trip of 96 miles for me). As I drove along the east side of Strangford Lough the sea was breaching the wall and cars travelling north were being lashed with sea water - very dangerous.
Kirkistown is flat and open , it is beside the car race track, so it was extremely windy and cold but was dry and sunny to start with but as the afternoon wore on it darkened and rain threatened.. The ground was firm and dry so no cars or lorries had to be towed out by tractor as has been the case at recent meetings at thus location.
There was a good turn out of horses but a smaller crowd than normal for this event. The was schooling after the racing with many horses taking part.
The rain came as I was driving out of Belfast and got heavier as I approached home. I was happy to het home dry with my change of clothing still in my bag.
I took 758 photographs and 239 keepers posted on my website.
My camera setting at the beginning were ISO 160, f2.8 and 1/2000th second and at the finish were ISO 800, f3.2 and shutter speed 1/1600th second.
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