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April 2020
 
Welcome to a new month in Island Images and a new direction for the page.  While restrictions on movements are in place due to the Covid-19 virus, I'm unable to get out and about as much as I would like to take new pictures.  Therefore my plan is to search back through my photo archives from 2000 to 2019 and provide a selection of older but re-edited pictures most days on the site.  I hope you enjoy them and than normal service can be resumed as soon as possible.
 
FlyBe
Many of you will be aware of the recent untimely demise of airline FlyBe, who had served the Isle of Man for many years. As I'm typing this I should have been at Manchester via one of their flights, although it would in fact have been cancelled for other reasons.  I have produced a gallery of pictures I've taken of their operations at Ronaldsway, from Jersey European when I arrived here in 1990, until the end of FlyBe operations last month.  Despite the grumbles we will indeed miss them and I feel most sorry for the airline staff who seemed to have been badly let down over the last few years and have now lost their jobs.
 
Jersey European - British European - FlyBe - Virgin Connect(?) Gallery
 

30th April
So, it's the last day of April and the end of my search for pictures from my photo archives.  At the start of the month I wasn't sure that I could manage it, but I've put a new selection up on each day of the month, ending up with a record 310 new pages, just pipping last May's!  With some of the restriction now lifted I'm able to go out for new pictures so from tomorrow I'll be going back to up to date pictures, starting with some that I've already taken this month but held over until the end of my 'retro month'.  For the last set of pictures let's take a trip up Snaefell on the Mountain Railway in 2015.  Camera was a Panasonic TZ60 compact.
 
 
29th April
Another beach visit for today, this time in 2009 to Lady Port, a small beach on the west coast between Peel and Kirkmichael.  Not the easiest to get down to with a steep climb of around 300 ft down and back up.  It's also important to know the tides here, as the southern part of the beach is cut off at high tide.
Camera used was a Nikon D80 DSLR.
 
28th April
A nice walk for today, pictures were taken back in April 2009.  Starting from the beach at Port Cornaa and walking up through the woodlands to Ballaglass Glen, past the old 'Bellite' explosives works.  Camera was the Nikon D80 DSLR.
 
27th April
A bit of an indulgence for today's pictures - it's aeroplane day!   The intention had been to put up twenty pictures, one for each April from 2000 until 2019, but it was scuppered when I realised that due to travels I didn't have any IOM April aircraft for the last few years!  So instead I've doubled up and selected two pictures from the first four years and ended in 2015.  There are lots more aircraft pictures from the 1990s onwards in Island Images Aircraft.
 
 
 
26th April
A walk in a glen this morning!  Tholt-y-Will Glen, to be precise, back in April 2001.  At that time there were extensive footpaths around the glen, with lots of bridges over the Sulby River and contributory streams, but a few years later a big storm caused lots of damage to plantations in the area and the paths in the northern section of the glen have never reopened.  Camera was a Fuji Finepx 4900 Zoom.
 
25th April
Today pictures come from April 2003 and have a theme - Beaches.  Camera was a Fuji Finepix 4900 Zoom.
 
There is one new Aircraft picture in Aircraft 2020 Pt2
 
24th April
For today's pictures I have taken the year 2015 and all the pictures in this April selection are based on Douglas Bay and the Head.
 
23rd April
As I've mentioned before, we often seemed to do trips away from the island during April, should in fact be away right now.  2018 was no exception, being away in Lanzarote, Canary Islands,  for the majority of the month. However we were just back in time for these aerial pictures at The Bungalow. 
Camera platform used was a DJI Spark.
 
22nd April
Just five pictures this morning, from April 2008.  I had left work after an 'early go' afternoon shift and was surprised to see a steam train at Ballasalla station heading towards Douglas. I'm presuming that it had been a photographic 'special' and managed to catch up with it a few times on the way back.
Camera was a Nikon D80 DSLR
 
21st April
Today's picture selection was taken on a visit to Ramsey in April 2013.  Camera used was a Panasonic FZ150.
 
20th April
One of the advantages of working shifts at an airport control tower is that you get to see some amazing sunrises and sunsets while at work.  I haven't been in that position for well over five years now and certainly don't miss getting out of bed at a silly time for an 06:00 start at Ronaldsway, but here is a short set of pictures I took in April 2014.  Camera was a Panasonic FZ72 'bridge camera'.  The aircraft pictures are from different dates.
 
19th April
On this day in 2008 I set out to see if it was possible to walk right around Sulby Reservoir. It was, but for most of the distance there is no defined footpath, so you are walking across rough moorland and finding you own way.  Also the reservoir has four distinct 'arms' with deep gullies where rivers feed into it, so you need to find ways of crossing them. The sheep generally know, so following sheep tracks often works!  Camera was a Nikon D80 DSLR.
 
18th April
Today I've gone back ten years from yesterday's selection, to 2002.  One of the problems I've found when compiling these collections is that we often seemed to make trips off the island in April, in this year we visited relations in Scotland and two locations in England, so not so many IOM pictures to choose from!
Camera used was a Fuji Finepix 4900 Zoom.
Cashtal-yn-Ard (Castle of the Heights) is an ancient Neolithic burial site in the hills above Port Cornaa.  It was constructed around 2000BC as a chambered cairn although only the lower supporting stones are still in place.  It is a beautiful location with great views in all directions.
 
17th April
Today's picture selection comes from 2012, when I took a walk from the Brandywell Road to the summit of Carraghan, then across to Carraghan.
Camera used was the Panasonic FZ150 'bridge camera'
 
16th April
A visit to Port St Mary on the 1st of April 2006.  A bit of a cloudy day, but with a very high tide.  Camera used was a Nikon D70 DSLR.
 
There are four new Aircraft pictures in Aircraft 2020 Pt2
 
15th April
Going back to the start of April 2004 for today's pictures.  The second five are all at Douglas inner harbour before the marina was constructed there.
Camera used was a Fuji Finepx S602 Zoom.
 
14th April
In 2014 on the 1st of April I set out for a walk in the hills from Mountain Box, initially over the moorland then droppnig down into Glen Auldyn.
Camera used for these pictures was a Panasonic FZ72 'bridge camera'.
 
13th April
A small general picture selection today, this time from April 2010.  I had just bought my first Pansonic compact camera, a TZ10 and most of the pictures here were taken with that, although the first one is with the Nikon D80 DSLR.
 
12th April - Easter Sunday
I'm not a religious person, but I do like some of the architecture and history associated with religious buildings.  So as it's Easter Sunday in the western Christian calendar, I present a selection of churches and religious sites from around the island.  The pictures are taken from 2001 right up to last month but, unlike the other selections, are taken at various time of the year.
 
11th April
Going back to a more general selection of pictures for today, taken in April 2005.  Reviewing these older photos, it seems that I often stopped to take pictures on my journeys to and from work, more often on the way home when I didn't have the time constraints of getting in for a shift start!
Camera for these shots was a Fuji Finepix S7000
Having mentioned that I often took pictures on the way to or from work I thought I'd include a couple of pictures taken in the 'office' at Ronaldsway, my work home from 1990 until we moved to the new control tower in 2010.  I think these desks were some of the nicest I ever used.  Modern ones such as in the new tower tend to remind me of telephone call centres!  The building dated from 1944 although the visual control room was more modern, installed in 1960.
 
10th April
Today should have seen the start of the 2020 'Rush Hour on the Railways' event, the first special event of the season on the island's railways.  In common with many such events around the world, this year's has been cancelled, so I thought that for today's photo archive offering I would give you some pictures from the first day of the 2015 'Rush Hour'.  There are more pictures including subsequent days Here.
Camera used was a Nikon D7100, which is still my main DSLR.
The Isle of Man Heritage Railways Volunteers and the Manx Electric Railway Online have organised a whole series of online events over the Easter weekend in lieu of the actual events.  Follow the links above to find the two sites.
 
9th April
When I was approaching retirement from Air Traffic Control in 2014, I became aware of radio controlled 'Drones' that could carry a camera, and thought that one would extend my island photo taking abilities.  So after considering the options and studying the Air Navigation Order to find out the legal position of aerial operations, in November 2014 I became the proud owner of a DJI Phantom 2 Vision +.  It was a fairly steep learning curve but by April 2015 when these pictures were taken I had clocked up around ten hours of flying experience and was starting to understand how to both fly the aircraft and take pictures!
As a result of producing these early aerial pictures of the island in Island Images, I was approached by Loaghtan Books in mid 2016 with a view to producing a small soft back book of Isle of Man Aerial pictures.  After researching the legal aspects (I didn't then have a commercial flying permission) we went ahead and after considering various potential titles 'Mann with Altitude' was published in October 2016.  Copies are still available from Loaghtan and other booksellers.
 
8th April
Going back to April 2001 today.  Again, as in many of my earlier 'digital' years, not a huge selection to choose from so they come from various locations around the island.  I notice that I had moved on from the rather limited MX-1700 with its 1.5Mp resolution, to a Fuji 4900 Zoom with 2.4 Mb and a six times zoom!
 
7th April
Today's picture were all taken on the same day in 2013, the 8th of April.  We were taking a good friend from the USA around to various locations.  Sharon had been to the island in the past and this time was visiting with her sister Mary.  Sharon has been a supporter of Island Images fro many years now and has painted many island scenes, often based on my photographs!  For a long time I had a gallery of her pictures on the website but in common with a few other sections is was removed for re-working some years ago.  Unfortunately it seems that I didn't ever get around to doing the work, but I've reinstated it now, with a few minor modifications to update it.  I'm afraid that you can't navigate directly between the pictures at the moment.
Camera used for the pictures below was the Panasonic FZ150 bridge camera.
 
A few pictures from Sharon's Gallery
 
 
6th April
Today's selection of pictures come from April 2011.  Cameras used vary from the Nikon P100, a 'bridge' camera that I never really liked that much, to the Nikon D80 DSLR, with the last one by a Panasonic TZ10 compact camera.  I was very impressed by the TZ10 and I'm now on my third incarnation of the breed!
 
5th April
A wider selection of pictures today, taken at various locations around the island during April 2009. 
Camera was a Nikon D80, with one picture (the first sunset) using a Fuji Finepix S7000
 
 
4th April
Today's April comes from 2007, when on the first of the month it appears that I took a stroll around Laxey on a sunny morning.  Starting at the beach and walking up to the north cape and down to the harbour breakwater before heading back via 'new' Laxey. 
I was using my first DSLR camera, a Nikon D70 and also experimenting with pictures for stitching panoramas.
 
Bonus picture!  I had been thinking of including some of my early aerial photography, but looking at my logbooks and digital pictures, it seems that I only took the camera up with me on one April flight and most of the (few) pictures are a rather poor quality, so not enough for a whole selection.
This is about the best one, taken from Piper Archer G-BUMP, passing Ramsey heading north in 2001.  Camera was a Fuji Finepix 4900 Zoom.
 
3rd April
For today's offering I have gone back to April 2000, the year I bought my first digital camera capable of reasonable resolution.  It was a Fuji MX1700 Zoom and produced pictures 1280 x 1024 pixels, hardly wonderful by today's standards, but adequate for producing web sized images and that was really where the present Island Images website started from.  I think I was still in 'film mode' and didn't take too many pictures - storage cards were also expensive!
 
2nd April
I had been thinking of going back to the year 2000 for today's offering, but then I was reminded by Facebook that seven years ago today I posted some pictures of a snowfall affecting the west coast of the island on the 1st April.  Pictures taken from Peel Hill with a Panasonic FZ150  1/4/13.
 
1st April
Today's selection all comes from April 2003.  Camera used then was a Fuji Finepix 4900
 
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