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Where: Northern Ireland, Antrim, United Kingdom

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When: 01 January 1900

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The aptly named Elephant Rock on a rocky shore is our Mason shot today. It has probably been eroded a little more in the past 100+ years, but it certainly looks like an elephant to this observer. But where is it? (Apologies for the delay in posting today, the Bad Panda had me driven distracted)

Thanks to sharon.corbet who quickly identified this geological landform to White Rocks Beach east of Portrush in County Antrim!

Collection: Mason Photographic Collection

Date: ca. 1890-1910

NLI Ref: M34/15

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Owner: National Library of Ireland on The Commons
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    • 29/Sep/2016 08:23:20

    French was there too - Elephant Rock, Portrush

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    • 29/Sep/2016 08:36:50

    It really does resemble a pachyderm in so many details! A wonderful shot and French's shot is even more convincing!

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    Dún Laoghaire Micheál

    • 29/Sep/2016 12:04:45

    I'm seeing many elephants - but at least they're in black and white and not pink.

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    • 29/Sep/2016 12:53:24

    Mr Mason copied Mr French - catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000325484 Tusk tusk !!

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    • 29/Sep/2016 13:54:44

    I thought I knew that bit of coastline. Where is this formation? Is it west of Portrush (towards Portstewart?) or east of Portrush (towards Dunluce and the Causeway?)

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    Mean Mister Colonel Mustard

    • 29/Sep/2016 15:29:21

    Wind and water are great artists! I'd say this is one of their masterpieces, along with clouds and monsoons.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 29/Sep/2016 16:53:27

    White rocks, east of Portrush: White Rocks (1)

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    • 29/Sep/2016 21:54:51

    ... which makes this a White Elephant ! A Red Herring about White Elephants which was new to me - ...The term derives from the story that the kings of Siam, now Thailand, were accustomed to make a present of one of these animals to courtiers who had rendered themselves obnoxious, in order to ruin the recipient by the cost of its maintenance. ... From - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_elephant

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 29/Sep/2016 23:00:19

    Thanks to https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] and all for confirmation of location today. Have updated the map and description. We were kinda hoping what rhymes https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia might come up with for "pachyderm" today - But wasn't to be :) (You just can't predict when the muse will strike :) )

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    • 30/Sep/2016 08:50:10

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland Sorry, my poetic licence ran out, and I haven't had a chance to renew it. Perhaps https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/ has an inimitable gem to add ?

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    • 06/Oct/2016 20:54:18

    Well named

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    Can Pac Swire

    • 22/Feb/2017 18:55:29

    Interesting place! Never heard of this before. Thanks for sharing.

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    • 31/Mar/2020 14:37:02

    marvelous geoscape

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    • 19/Oct/2020 08:11:25

    yes I also immediately see an elephant in this!