Another paddle out in
the new Blaze HV kayak, 'Nimbus III'. The initial intention was to
go from Port Soderick, but with the tide level it would have involved crossing
a lot of seaweed covered rocks, so I continued on to Port Erin instead,
where it is easy to launch from the beach at any tide state.
GoPro Hero 9 14/9/21
Continuing with some
experimental shots with the GoPro, these were taken in a rather wet Douglas
late yesterday afternoon. GoPro Hero 9 13/9/21
Something a little different
again. Yesterday we went for lunch at the excellent Milntown
House cafe and afterwards went for a stroll around the gardens.
All these pictures (except the last one) were take with the GoPro in its
'Wide' picture mode, where the distortion from the very wide angle lens
(15 mm equivalent) is left in the picture. I've also left them in the GoPro's
native 3:4 format, instead of cropping down to my usual 16:9 size.
GoPro Hero 9 10/9/21
A treat on the way home!
At Gelatory in Ramsey.
GoPro Hero 9 10/9/21
An Wednesday afternoon
we did a walk that had been a favourite of ours during the early Covid
'lockdown' period, as we rarely ever saw anybody else on it and if we did
it was easy to keep well separated. It's the 'Warden's Walk' in the
Colden Plantation area of West Baldwin valley, with an extension that we
discovered quite early on. Only around three miles in length (with
the extension) but with around a total of just over 700 ft of climb and
descent. We took our time and I did a couple of flights with the
Mini 2. Our extension to the walk has become a bit overgrown with
vegetation and was a bit tricky to follow at one point due to the bracken.
Panasonic TZ200 &
DJI Mini 2 8/9/21
Something a bit different
from yesterday afternoon. I've just bought a 'sit on' Kayak from the excellent
Manx Paddleboards and
Leisure, a Galaxy Kayaks Blaze HV, 'Nimbus III' which was delivered
to my home the previous day. The weather was superb for an initial
paddle so I set out to Castletown beach to try it out.
GoPro Hero 9 7/9/21
Why is the new Kayak
'Nimbus III'? Well I needed a name for my first kayak to regisiter it with
the then British Waterways Board for use on canals in England and I settled
on 'Nimbus' after one of the 'Deltic' locomotives that used to operate
on the East Coast main Line. Here's 'Nimbus' and 'Nimbus II'
A little foray out yesterday
afternoon for a spot of exercise but also to try out the latest camera
to join the Island Images collection, a GoPro. It's a bit of a quirky
device for somebody more used to conventional cameras and has a very wide
angle lens (15 mm in 35 mm equivalent) so you need to get up close to things
for the pictures to work. Function selections are all on a rather
small touchscreen (the whole camera is tiny!) so can be quite difficult.
I think it's designed more for video, particularly 'selfie' types as it
has a second screen on the front, but I'll be using mainly for still photography.
GoPro Hero 9 5/9/21
A walk around the Langness
Peninsula on Friday afternoon, unfortunately it stayed grey and overcast
for almost all of the walk, but it is still a lovely walk. We did
just over five and a half miles on it, walking right around. Panasonic
There are two new Aircraft
pictures taken at Ronaldsway in Aircraft
2021 Pt 3. Panasonic TZ200 3/9/21
Unusually starting the
new month with a selection of Aircraft pictures, including a visit to the
island by the Great North Air Ambulance for a training mission with local
emergency services at Noble's Hospital. There are 15 new pictures
in Aircraft 2021
Pt 3. Nikon D7100 & Samsung A71 1/9/21