For those who don't
already know, we've entered another extended 'Covid Lockdown' here in the
Isle of Man. This is obviously going to affect me being
able to take new pictures
for the website, although I'll be able to get some from time to time if
I'm out walking somewhere.
Here's a first picture
for March though, it's the sunset taken from home on Tuesday 2nd, just
before the lockdown started at midnight that day.
Panasonic TZ200 2/3/21
Interactive Aerial Pictures
I've altered the method
of accessing the Interactive Panoramas so you no longer need to go to Kuula
website. New ones will appear in the 'Month' pages but there is now
a master index for all of them, accessed via the 'Aerial Pictures' tab
from the website front page. Each panorama has a thumbnail image
which links to the main picture, set up to scroll in slow motion across
the scene. You can hit the 'Pause' button at top right or choose to view
the scene in Full Screen mode. Move the picture around with the mouse
or ponter on a touchscreen device. At the bottom left there is a
'Map' icon which will bring up a Google Maps window showing where the panorama
was taken from. Panoramas pre 2021 are mostly not full 360 degree
Pictures from a walk
from close to Injebreck Reservoir, up to the summit of Colden before returning.
I took the Mini 2 drone along with me so there's a mixture of ground level
and aerial photographs. Panasonic TZ200 & DJI Mini 1 5/3/21
The weather was good
yesterday, with early cloud dispersing to leave a bright and sunny day.
I set out in the morning to try a walk that I hadn't sampled before, from
Creg-ny-Baa to Slieau Lhost and back. Not too far but there is no
footpath shown on any maps I have, although the land is marked as available
for 'Public Ramblage' on the IOM Outdoor Leisure map. Panasonic
TZ200 & DJI Mini 2 7/3/21
On Sunday afternoon
we did a short walk along Injebreck Reservoir, starting at the dam and
walking to where the road starts climbing up at Injebreck, before we headed
back to the car. I took some ground level and aerial pictures on
the way. It's an easy walk, just under 2.5 miles on the level.
Panasonic TZ200 &
DJI Mini 2. 7/3/21
Yesterday should have
seen the first day of regular services for 2021 on the Steam Railway.
However, due to the latest Covid lockdown it didn't happen, so here are
some pictures from the same day ten years ago. Nikon Coolpix P100
With no new pictures
to share for a week now, I thought that I'd delve back into my archives
and came across these ones, taken on this day twenty years ago during a
flight around the island. Picture quality isn't a good as more recent
ones ast the camera used only had a 1.5 Mp sensor and 3x optical zoom.
Looking at my logbook
I was flying Piper Cherokee Archer G-BUMP and had fellow IOM photographer
Peter Killey with me.
Fuji MX1700 14/3/01
After a week of poor
weather, with strong winds and frequent rain, yesterday's forecast was
good so I set of in the morning for a walk in the hills above Sulby Glen,
planning to visit at least three of the old tholtans up there, with a possibility
of a fourth. I took the little Mini 2 drone in my rucksack in the
hope of taking a few aerial pictures. The weather didn't look too
good on the drive there, with cloud covering Snaefell, but in the event
there were some good spells of sunshine.
DJI Mini 2 15/3/20
Some pictures from another
stroll alongside Injebreck Reservoir on Monday afternoon. I decided
to just use my phone for the photos as a challenge!
Samsung Galaxy A71
Yesterday afternon I
took a short walk down to the beach at Garwick, just south of Laxey.
Garwick Glen was at one time a popular toursit attraction and my 1930s
'Red Guide' book notes that admission was sixpence with various attractions
available to visitors. These days the actual glen is private, but
you can access the beach either by a narrow lane from the main road (no
parking though) or by a footpath down from the Clay Head Road.
Panasonic TZ 200 &
DJI Mini 2 18/3/21
the weather looked good, so I set off for a moorland walk from the Beinn-y-Phott
road to the The Crammag tholtan, just above Sulby Reservoir. It's quite
a had walk whichever way you approach it from with no defined footpaths
although sheep tracks can be very useful! I walked via the sheep
ring, one of three in the general area shown on the maps, there's a drop
down (and climb back up!) of around 750 feet from the road.
Panasonic TZ200 &
DJI Mini 2 19/3/21
Some pictures taken
on a walk down into the East Baldwin valley from Windy Corner via Gob-y-Creggagh
on Sunday afternoon. It was rather breezy up on the high ground,
but a lovely walk and only saw four other people on the whole walk. I took
a little detour along a green lane to visit the tholtan of Crey-y-Cowin
before dropping down to river level in the valley, then returning on the
This is also a trial
of integrating the 360 degree Interactive Panoramas into the other pictures.
Panasonic TZ200 &
DJI Mini 2 21/3/21
This set of pictures
were taken yesterday afternoon on a walk starting from home and heading
up towards the reservoirs of The Clypse and Kerrowdhoo. It was a
rather dull afternoon with the weather forecast indicating rain and strong
winds later in the afternoon so I had a few options planned! Although
I had the Mini 2 drine in my rucksack, there was to be no aerial photography
as the wind was too strong.
Panasonic TZ200 27/3/21
After a very dull morning,
the weather brightened up in the afternoon and I was able to get out for
a short walk in the West Baldwin area. On the drive back home I had
a quick stop at St Luke's church for some aerial pictures.
Panasonic TZ200 &
DJI Mini 2
St Luke's Church and
the old Tynwald Site. DJI Mini 2
These pictures were
taken yesterday afternoon on a walk into the hills of Greeba and Slieau
Ruy from Cronk Breck. A fairly strenuous climb up through Greeba
Plantation but some great views from the tops, although visibility was
a bit restricted due to haze. Panasonic TZ200 & DJI Mini 2