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May 2020
Welcome to the May 2020 section of Island Images.  After last month's 'retro' selections of pictures, we are (to a degree) back to normal selections for May.  Some of the island travel restrictions have been lifted enabling me to take some new pictures for the site.  The first few sets will in fact be catching up, as I started to take some new pictures towards the end of April, but wanted to continue with the older pictures until the end of the month.
Aerial Photography within 5 Km of Ronaldsway Airport
I'm hoping to include several selection of aerial photographs taken within this area, so a bit of explanation as to how this is allowable.  There is a 'Restriction of Flying Order' prohibiting the flying of drones within 5 kilometres of Ronaldsway Airport.  To be permitted to fly within this area requires a specific permission from the IOM Civil Aviation Authority and then co-ordination with Air Traffic Control for individual flights.  Also, for DJI (and probably other) drones, there is 'Geofencing' incorporated in the aircraft operating system that prevents the drone from flying close to an airport. For this to be unlocked by DJI requires all the specific permissions to be presented to the company who will then issue the unlocking code.  More information on IOM Drone flying from the CAA is Here and from DJI Here
All the flights are in fact conducted when the airport is closed, with procedures in place in case the airport opened for Air Ambulance or other flights.

1st May
A walk in the hills above Injebreck and the West Baldwin valley, reaching the summit of Colden at just over 1,500 ft above sea level before descending back down to join 'Governor Loch's Road' for a short distance then dropping down through the plantation back to Injebreck Reservoir.
Panasonic TZ200 21/4/20
A second selection for today, this time aerial pictures in the area of St Luke's church, which sits on the ridge between the east and west Baldwin Valleys.
DJI Phantom 4 Pro 23/4/20
2nd May
Some aerial photography taken on two dates towards the end of April near to Ronaldsway.  It was the first time that I'd done any drone flying here since the 5 Km 'Drone Exclusion Zone' was mandated around the IOM Airport, so various steps had to be undertaken before I could fly.  More information on this is above. 
DJI Phantom 4 Pro 24/4/20 & 27/4/20
St Michael's Isle (Fort Island) and Derbyhaven Bay
Santon Gorge
3rd May
Pictures from a walk along the beach at Jurby Head towards the end of last month. Panasonic TZ200 27/4/20
5th May
Aerial photography in the Derbyhaven Bay area.  DJI Phantom 4 Pro 3/5/20
6th May
Continuing the aerial pictures and moving a little to the west to take a look at Castletown, starting and finishing with panoramas.
 DJI Phantom 4 Pro 3/5/20
7th May
Some more aerial pictures from areas difficult to operate in when Ronaldsway Airport is open.  These are in the Pooil Vaaish area, on the edge of Bay ny Carrickey, within the 5 Km Restricted Zone and underneath the final approach track to runway 08.  DJI Phantom 4 Pro 4/5/20
8th May
Final bit of catching up for the moment with the aerial pictures shot close to Ronaldsway.  These one are taken around Scarlett, just to the west of Castletown.
DJI Phantom 4 Pro 4/5/20
9th May
Beach-scapes from the Jurby Head area a few days ago.  Panasonic TZ200 4/5/20
10th May
Some pictures taken on a walk in the Injebreck area recently.  Panasonic TZ200 6/5/20
Some 'catching up' pictures from the last day of April.  I wasn't originally going to upload them here but I sent them to my friend Stewart and he liked them and thought that I should include them.  A visit to Ballaglass Glen, it rained almost the whole time I was there!  Nikon D7100 30/4/20
11th May
Some more aerial photography in the Ronaldsway Airport Restricted Zone, flown under the conditions mentioned above.  This time a couple of flights around the southern end of the Langness peninsula. DJI Phantom 4 Pro 9/5/20
12th May
Final set of aerial pictures from Saturday morning's flights, this time going back for another look at the Derbyhaven Bay area.  DJI Phantom 4 Pro 9/5/20
14th May
Pictures from a walk in the hills yesterday afternoon, starting and finishing at Windy Corner.  Panasonic TZ200 & DJI Spark 13/5/20
A picture taken from my window on Saturday evening.  Panasonic TZ200 9/5/20
15th May
Another hill walk yesterday afternoon, starting from the outskirts of St John's and walking up through Slieau Whallian plantation to the summit of the hill.  It has been many years since I last did this walk and I'd forgotten how steep it is, climbing around 700 ft from where I'd parked until reaching the top of the plantation. After that the going is a bit easier to the top of Slieau Whallian itself, only another 250 ft to climb!  The summit is around 1,200 ft above sea level with great views.
Panasonic TZ200 14/5/20
16th May
A couple of older pictures from the start of the month that I just came across plus one of the moon as it was rising early on Friday morning.  The moon one isn't the greatest but in my defence it was taken at 04:40 with a handheld compact camera!  Panasonic TZ200 3/5/20 & 15/5/20
17th May
Yesterday afternoon we had a stroll along the Marine Drive, walking northwards from Keristal before returning.  Here's a selection of pictures taken on the walk, as mentioned before my plant identification isn't great!  Panasonic TZ200 16/5/20
21st May
I was inspired to try this series of pictures by my sister Margaret asking about good monochrome subjects and I think that old churches and graveyards are ideal. These were shot yesterday at Braddan Old Church as normal colour digital pictures, the post edited in Corel Paint Shop Pro 2020, mostly desaturated using the 'Channels' filter and then the 'Vignette' effect to soften the edges to a greater or lesser extent.  Panasonic TZ200 20/5/20
23rd May
Pictures from another walk along the Marine Drive on Thursday afternoon, starting from Keristal and going all the way to Douglas Head before returning, a distance of around six and a half miles.  Many thanks to Beryl Quayle for pointing out some interesting wildlife that we would otherwise have missed, unfortunately I'd only taken the compact camera which wasn't the best tool for the job at times.  Panasonic TZ200 21/5/20
25th May
This set of pictures was taken on Saturday afternoon, on a walk along Glen Rushen from the village of Glen Maye.  Panasonic TZ200 23/5/20
27th May
Something slightly different today, four aerial panoramas taken yesterday afternoon.  I was following the old course of the Manx Northern Railway's line from St John's to Ramsey between Kirkmichael and the Wildlife Park at Ballaugh Curragh, stopping at four locations to shoot the panoramas.  DJI Spark 26/5/20
29th May
After doing the aerial photography on Tuesday, I happened to pass by Ballaugh Old Church, which was looking very nice in the afternoon sunshine so I stopped for a few pictures.  Panasonic TZ200 26/5/20
After taking the pictures of Ballaugh Old Church I had to go to Peel, where I took a couple of pictures from the headland.
30th May
Taking advatage of the nice weather and Ronaldsway Airport being closed for several hours each morning for some more aerial photography around the Castletown and Balasalla areas on Thursday morning.  DJI Phantom 4 Pro 28/5/20
31st May
Trying some wild bird photography from the Marine Drive late Thursday afternoon.  Some of the pictures aren't wonderful, but I've had to do some cropping as I really don't have a big enough telephoto lens!  Nikon D7100 28/5/20
The Curraghs Wildlife Park has been closed recently but we were very pleased to be invited to a 'try out' day on Friday prior to their limited re-opening on the following day.  The park is now open again to members ony (but you can join for a very reasonable annual fee) and entry 'slots' need to be booked onlinevia the 'Eventbrite' website before visiting to spread out visitor numbers.   Click this link for details.  Panasonic TZ200 29/5/20
After visiting the Wildlife Park in the morning, we went to a cuple of locations in the Ballaugh Curragh wetlands area in the afternoon.
Nikon D7100  29/5/20
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