July 2019
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July 15th
A walk in the upper Cornaa Valley on Sunday to visit the tholtan of Park Lewellyn and the onwards to the old North Laxey and Glen Cherry mines
before returning.  I had the Spark drone with me to carry out some aerial photography so the pictures are a mixture of ground and aerial.  The walk was just under six miles long and took me about 3.25 hours, but that of course included the aerial flying time.
Panasonic TZ200 & DJI Spark  14/7/19
Park Lewellyn Aerial Pictures
The North Laxey Mine.  Operated between 1856 and 1897
The Glen Cherry Mine.
 
July 15th
There are eight new Railway pictures taken yesterday morning, in Railways 2019 Pt 3.  Panasonic TZ200  14/7/19
 
July 14th
Some wildflower pictures taken in Onchan Centenary Park (at the top of our road) on my phone while walking there with our house guest.
Samsung Galaxy S8  11/7/19
 
A phone produced panorama at Onchan Harbour.  Samsung Galaxy S8  12/7/19
 
July 12th
A few pictures taken in the Douglas Harbour area on Tuesday afternoon after dropping a freind off to catch a boat.
Panasonic TZ200  9/7/19
 
July 11th
A visit to the Curraghs Wildlife Park on Sunday afternoon.  Nikon D7100 7/7/19
Some of the wild wallabies were spotted out in the Curragh.
 
There are four new Railway pictures in Railways 2019 Pt 3.  Panasonic TZ200  9/7/19
 
One new Aircraft picture in Aircraft 2019 Pt 3.  Panasonic FZ72  7/7/19
 
July 10th
Another walk in the hills to the east of Kirkmicheal on Saturday afternoon.  It's a mix of ground level and aerial pictures.  The map shows the proximity of this walk and the one undertaken two days previously.   Panasonic TZ200 & DJI Spark  6/7/19
Finishing with a couple of aerial panoramas at Slieau Dhoo and Slieau Curn.
 
July 8th
Pictures taken on a walk in the hills to the east of Kirkmichael, taking the Phantom 4 drone in a rucksack to investigate three former industrial sites long abandoned.  My thanks to Peter Killey of Manx Scenes Photography for information on the Glion Kiark quarry site and to Don Smith, Peter Geddes and the Laxey Mines Research Group for information on the second and third sites.  DJI Phantom 4 Pro  4/7/19
 
Glion Kiark
This was a slate quarry cut into the north slopes of Sartfell.  There was a substantial office building that also contained a blacksmith, stables and accommodation for the quarrymen, many of whom were Welsh.  The remains of the building still stand, including a bell tower at one end giving it the appearance of a church.  The bell was in fact rung to indicate shift change time for the quarrymen.  The quarry was active until around 1874.
I wasn't sure if I would make all three sites in the afternoon, but it didn't take too long to reach the first flying location above the quarry site so I decided to press on the the others.
 
A fairly strenuous hike around Sartfell brought me to my second site of interest at the top end of Glion Kiark, between Sartfell and Slieau Freoaghane. It is another ruin that I had seen from a distance before and always assumed it was the remains of a sheepfold.  In fact it has an industrial history,  an unsuccessful attempt to find a north/south vein.  Little now remains of the buildings, but there does seem to be a water wheel case there.  I'm not sure quite where they would have obtained the water from as it's close to the ridgeline and there seems doubt that a wheel was actually installed.
 
Walking down the course of the old road initially and then skirting around Slieau Freoaghane brought me into the next valley where my final flying site was the Kirkmicheal Lead Mine, which was active from 1868 to 1883.  Downstream a bit from the mine is an now disused reservoir with a concrete dam.
 
On the walk back to the car, following the sheep tracks as they know the best places to cross the streams!  Some ground level photography
passing the buildings of the Glion Kiark Quarry.  Panasonic TZ200
 
 
 
July 6th
Catching up on pictures taken last week!  These were at Cregneash on Wednesday afternoon.  Panasonic TZ200  3/7/19
 
Aerial photography from Mull Hill.  DJI Spark  3/7/19
 
July 5th - Happy Tynwald Day to all visitors!
Some Aerial photography from Wednesday afternoon at the Calf Sound.   DJI Spark 3/7/19
 
July 4th
Some pictures taken on a visit to Rushen Abby at Ballasalla yesterday morning. The abbey was established in 1134 and remained as such until English King Henry VIII dissolved the monasteries in the 16th Century. From the early 1900s the abbey grounds were a popular tourist destination, with cream teas being served and a wooden dance hall being constructed in the grounds.  After WW2 the location was disused and fell into a bad state of repair until acquired by Manx National Heritage in 1998 and restored as a visitor and historical attraction.  Panasonic TZ200  3/7/19
 
A detour from the main road between Castletown and Port Erin along the narrow single track road at Pooil Vaaish.  Panasonic TZ200  3/7/19
 
 
 Unless otherwise credited all pictures on this website are  © Jon Wornham