The global Covid-19
virus crisis has affected a lot of activities for many and this website
is no exception. The recent selection of pictures have all been taken
while self isolating in accordance with IOM Government recommendations,
on exercise walks in remote areas either with Georgie or on my own.
New restrictions over the past couple of days mean that I will be unable
to go out just to take pictures. I have one further set to process
and upload which will conclude the March gallery but there are unlikely
to be any new ones until restrictions are eased. However, for those
of you who visit for an IOM 'fix', all is not lost! I've been taking
digital images of the island since 2000 so I have a huge library to mine
for interesting (I hope) shots, which is what I will be doing from the
start of April.
Wishing all visitors
good health, when we get through this normal service will be resumed at
Island Images. Stay safe, Jon. 28/3/20
Yesterday morning I
had to leave my car at the dealers for a software update so while it was
there I took a stroll around the streets of Douglas, looking for interesting
photographs. Hopefully I succeeded, but here are some of the results
anyway! Panasonic TZ200 2/3/20
A few pictures taken
on a rather short visit to the Curraghs Wildlife Park on Monday afternoon.
Nikon D7100 2/3/20
We saw a few of the
wild Wallabies out in the Curragh, but I didn't manage many good pictures.
Sunset pictures from
home. Nikon D7100 2/3/20
A couple of pictures
from Peel on Tuesday afternoon. Panasonic TZ200 3/3/20
afternoon with the aerial photography of the Jurby Head area started at
the back end of last month. Starting with a look at the 'Passages' shipwreck
at Jurby Head, arriving just in time as the tide was starting the cover
it again. DJI Phantom 4 Pro 5/3/20
I've been getting a
little behind on the pictures as the weather has been nice and we've been
out and about with not much time for picture editing left. These
are from a walk on Wednesday afternoon, starting and finishing at Port
Grenaugh. Panasonic TZ200 18/3/20
Some aerial photography
at Maughold Head and the village. DJI Phantom 4 Pro 19/3/20
On the way back home
from Maughold, I had a pause for another flight, at Lherghy Frissell to
take in the Albert Tower and Ramsey.
DJI Phantom 4 Pro
A few pictures from
a visit to the Wildlife Park on Thursday afternoon. Nikon D7100 19/3/20
After the Wildlife Park
visit we went for a walk through the Ballaugh Curragh wetlands area, using
the boardwalks and paths created on the tops of the old Manx hedges.
The area used to be drained and farmed, but has been allowed to go back
to its natural state. Nikon D7100 19/3/20
A recent visit to the
gardens at Milntown House, Ramsey, where I was fortunate enough to be allowed
to take some aerial shots as well.
After the visit to Milntown,
a quick stop on the outskirts of Ramsey for another flight with the DJI
Some pictures taken
on a walk around Langness. Panasonic TZ60 22/3/20
A walk from Cregneash
to The Chasms, Spanish Head and back. Panasonic TZ200
Aerial pictures of three
tholtans, a chapel and a mine. Glen Rushen. DJI Spark 25/3/20
The 1870 Ordnance Survey
map show this as 'Wesleyan Methodist Chapel. In Frances Coakley's
'Manx Notebooks' it is mentioned (under 1902 Chapel returns) as seating
70. Maybe they were talking about another building but it doesn't look
big enough and why such a big chapel to serve a few upland farms.
It's suggested that it was owned by Beckwith's Mine, but it's not that
close to the mine and as far as I know the miners didn't live up here.
So a bit of a mystery.
The third Tholtan, Claghbane.
Lead was first discovered
here on the surface around 1830 and a mine started to recover it in 1831.
The mine was equipped with a steam engine to pump out water and eventually
reached a depth of 185 fathoms. It continued in production until
1879. (Laxey Mines Research Group).
There are considerable remains still on the surface although trail bike
riding has destroyed much over the years. The site is now closed
off to motor vehicles.
These are going to be
the last 'new' pictures posted on the site until travel restrictions are
lifted. A bit of a shame as we thought we were doing very well with
'social isolating' by only going to places where we were either unlikely
to see any other people, or if we did, where it would be easy to keep well
clear, such as on this walk on the beach at Jurby Head. Panasonic
I know that I said yesterday's
upload of the Jurby Head beach pictures were going to be the last 'new'
pictures for the time being, but I came across the first one below that
I took on our last 'isolating in the countryside' walk before (it seems)
this was disallowed by the police, and wanted to share it. I think
the bridge probably dates from the 1860/70s and originally carried a road,
now just a footpath.
Sunset scenes yesterday
evening, taken from my house.