section has been revised and now includes a Locations
Index for pictures from 2000 - 2017.
I'd originally intended
and planned for some drone flying in the St Jude's area and then on the
north west coast, but despite it being sunny in
Onchan, by the time
and reached the Bungalow there was thick cloud cover and at Sulby and Ballaugh
it was raining heavily! So I diverted so a
secondary site I'd wanted
to fly from, Lady Port on the west coast between Kirk Michael and Peel,
flying from the old Manx Northern Railway line.
DJI Phantom 4 Pro
On the way home I stopped
to take a few pictures at sunset and just after. Panasonic
This morning was the
occasion of the last slipway launch of the current Douglas Lifeboat, the
'Sir William Hillary', named after the founder of the Royal National Lifeboat
Institution and a resident of Douglas. The lifeboat is being replaced
by a more modern boat, but will continue in service for a while yet, whilst
modifications are made to the slipway to accommodate the new vessel.
Nikon D7100 7/1/18
Some pictures taken
from the deck of the 'Ben my Chree' on passage from Douglas to Heysham
last week. Panasonic TZ60 10/1/18
On the return journey,
the Liverpool skyline from 'Ben my Chree', moored at Twelve Quays, Birkenhead.
Panasonic TZ60 14/1/08
Four northern churches.
A trip around yesterday afternoon, visiting St Jude's, Sandygate, Jurby
and Andreas churches. The weather started off rather dull and grey
for St Jude's and Sandygate, but inproved for the last two with a nice
sunset at Andreas. Nikon D7100 18/1/18
After what seemed like
weeks of strong winds and poor weather, yesterday had light winds and the
thick cloud present in the morning started to break up by lunchtime.
I was able to carry out a couple of drone flights that I had been planning
for a while, in two areas of the north of the island.
DJI Phantom 4 Pro
Kerroogarroo Civil War
Fort, Ballachurry. Constructed in the 17th Century.
West Nappin Keeil site,
RAF Jurby Turret Training
Constructed in the late
1930s or early 1940s as an adjunct to the adjacent airfield at Jurby, this
gunnery range allowed air gunners to practice shooting at a moving target
from a representative aircraft gun turret. Various turrets were provided,
mounted on wheeled undercarriages so that they could be moved into position
on the range as required. The 'target aircraft' was mounted on a
petrol engined railway vehicle that was protected by running outside a
concrete and earth wall with only the target showing above. Originally
much further from the cliffs, erosion has left the westernmost part of
the range precariously close to the edge, with the building that housed
the target trolley already fallen and resting on the beach below.
Various views around
the Jurby Head area at sunset yesterday.
After days of windy
weather, yesterday morning was almost calm with very few clouds, so I took
the opportunity to do some aerial photograpy
around the outskirts
of Douglas, flying from four locations. DJI Spark 26/1/18
An important historical
site close to the current hamlet of the same name, showing the convergence
of Celtic and Norse cultures. The site has the
remains of a Celtic
roundhouse and two Norse longhouses. It is though that it was occupied
until around the 11th or 12th centuries.
A walk down the Dhoon
Glen yesterday afternoon. The path descends around 600ft from road
level to the sea in just over half a mile distance
and the glen contains
the highest waterfall on the island. Nikon D7100 & DJI Spark