Starting the September
pictures with a set taken yesterday afternoon when dog walking with Star
in Archallagan Plantation. In my opinion, this plantation is the
best for walking, covering quite a large area with several wide open 'rides',
lots of other paths both wide and narrow and a lot of variation in habitats.
Panasonic TZ200 1/9/22
'Two wheels in Laxey'
Some aerial photography
of the two large waterwheels in the village, the 'Lady Evelyn', initially
installed at the Snaefell Mine from 1865 to 1910 before being sold to a
Cornish company, returning to the island in the 2000s with an official
opening in 2006. The second wheel pictured is the more famous 'Lady
Isabella', constructed in 1854 to operate pumps for the Great Laxey Mine.
DJI Mini 2 4/9/22
Snowdonia from the Isle
The mountains of Snowdonia
in North Wales are around 70 to 80 miles away from where I live and normally
hidden, but on very clear days appear on the horizon to the south. These
three pictures were taken on Sunday afternoon from home and cropped into
the 'letterbox' format. Panasonic TZ200 4/9/22
Three quick shots taken
at Peel yesterday afternoon on a quick visit (for ice creams!) Panasonic
I saw this dramatic
sunset sky yesterday evening as we were cooking and rushed upstairs to
photograph it out of the Velux roof window. My TZ200 has a rather
annoying habit of switching itself into 7 shot AEB 'burst mode' and the
first picture is an HDR combination of those shots. The second is
a single shot.
Panasonic TZ200 5/9/22
we were sitting in our back garden enjoying the last of the day's warm
sunshine when the sky started to get darker to the south and I said 'I
think it might rain soon'. Checking on the weather radar it agreed
that the rain would indeed be here within fifteen minutes, so we packed
up and went inside. As the skies darkened I headed upstairs and was
greeted by these amazing skies. Not long after I took the pictures
at around 18:00 we had torrential rain for a while. However, by 19:30
the skies had cleared and I took the final picture. Panasonic
I've just revised the
'Cameras Used' section of the website to include a couple of new devices
You can click the drones
picture below if you want to have a look at what I've been using since
the site started in 1998
Yesterday we went for
lunch as The Sound Cafe and I planned to carry out some aerial photography
afterwards. Although it was bright and sunny when we arrived, by
the time we had finished lunch and it was time to fly it had clouded over
and become rather dull, although some interesting clouds added drama to
some of the shots. Most of these are multiple image 'HDR' pictures,
just to try and balance out the contrast between dark land areas and the
brighter areas of the sky.
DJI Air 2S 9/9/22
There are three new
Aircraft pictures in Aircraft
2022 Pt 3. Irish Air Corp Pilatus PC12 '283' at Ronaldsway yesterday.
Panasonic FZ72 9/9/22
There are four new Railway
pictures in Railways 2022
Pt 4 together with a link to a video of No 4 'Loch' at Port Erin yesterday
Panasonic FZ72 9/9/22
There are eleven new
Railway pictures taken yesterday afternoon in Railways
2022 Pt 4. Panasonic FZ72 10/9/22
Not a planned photoshoot,
but we had a technical problem with the car approaching Bungalow, so I
stopped there to check what the problem was. I was unable to trace
it so had to call for roadside help from Manx Automobile Assistance and
took these while we were waiting fro them to arrive and the technician
was checking the car. Fortunately he was able to locate a hidden
turbocharger hose that had worked loose and fix it.
Just over a week ago
I was honoured to be invited to attend the unveiling ceremony by H.E the
Lieutenant Governor, Sir John Lorimer and Commodore Philip Waterhouse ADC
RN, of two commemorative plaques to H.M.S. Urley, produced by Castletown
Heritage. The construction of H.M.S. Urley in 1943 totally transformed
the area, producing what we now know as the Isle fo Man Airport, plus three
large accommodation areas, two in Castletown and one in Ballasalla.
The plaques are located at the former entrance to the Castletown Camp at
Janet's Corner, mounted on stone pillars that formed the entrance to the
camp. On the unveiling day the weather was rather unkind with heavy
rain, so I decided to re-visit when conditions were better and also take
some pictures of a few of the surviving buildings. I've added a some
aerial shots that I took in 2020 when the airport was closed for extended
Panasonic TZ200 11/9/22
& DJI Phantom 4 Pro, April and May 2020
Yesterday morning the
weather looked suitable for a bit of aerial photography, so I set off for
a site that I hadn't looked at from the air since 2016, Cashtal-yn-Ard,
in Maughold. From the excellent 'Archaeological Sites of the Isle
of Man', it is a Neolithic chambered long cairn, a burial site dating back
to around 3000 BC. The chambers would have originally been covered with
an earth mound, but this is now all gone, just leaving the standing stones.
DJI Air 2S 13/9/22
Having completed my
flying at Cashtal-yn-Ard, I headed on to another location, flying from
the lower slopes of Maughold Head for some photography of the village,
church and surrounding area.
DJI Air 2S 13/9/22
The third and final
flying site from Tuesday morning was just off the Hibernia Road by Ballure
Plantation, not far from Gooseneck.
DJI Air 2S 13/9/22
I needed to drive down into Douglas and on the way home detoured for a
stroll around the Douglas Head area.
Panasonic TZ200 15/9/22
There are fourteen new
Railway pictures taken on the Steam Railway yesterday afternoon in Railways
2022 Pt 4. Panasonic TZ200 16/9/22
These pictures were
taken on Douglas promenade yesterday afternoon, where there was an exhibition
of classic cars associated with the Isle of Man Festival of Motoring.
Just taken with my phone camera as we were unaware of it until we arrived
in town for some shopping! I think we were a bit late to see some
of the cars as quite a few of them were leaving while we were walking along.
I'm no car expert so I've not tried to identify individual vehicles.
Samsung Galaxy A71 17/9/22
We had noticed whilst
viewing the classic cars on the promenade that the air was very clear,
with the Cumbrian Mountains of the English Lake District clearly visible
from there. In the early evening I saw that the mountains of Snowdonia
in North Wales were also standing out well and shot these pictures.
Nikon D7100 17/9/22
we had a quick dash around trying to see some more of the decorated dolphins
before they are removed for auction. Here are a few of the ones we
visited that we particularly liked. Panasonic TZ200 18/9/22
On the 20th we headed
off for Lanzarote island in the Canaries, not returning until towards the
end of October. Here are just a few pictures taken on the journey
and the first few days in Lanzarote, when the weather was a little unexpected!
Panasonic TZ60, TZ200 & Samsung Galaxy A71