A visit to Port Cornaa
on Sunday morning.
Yesterday morning, the
Isle of Man Steam Packet's brand new vessel 'Manxman' arrived at Douglas
after an epic voyage from her builders in South Korea. I took some
pictures of her from home in the morning, then some more from Douglas Head
in the late afternoon after all the crowds had gone!
A visit on Sunday morning
to the excellent Jurby Transport Museum which has a large collection of
buses and other transport vehicles, including the only surviving car from
the Upper Douglas Cable Tramway. Run entirely by volunteers and open
every Sunday with free admission, although donations are very welcome!
I would have liked to
add more descriptive labels to the picture, but unfortunately my knowledge
of the vehicles is rather limited.
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Some pictures of the
Steam Packet's 'Manxman' and 'Ben-my-Chree' in Douglas Bay.
All shot from my house
at around two miles distance which has introduced some unavoidable heat
A rather miscellaneous
collection of pictures taken over the last few days.
Views over the town
from Douglas Head on Sunday afternoon when I was shooting the 'Manxman'
The Isle of Man Steam
Packet's fast craft 'Manannan' approaches Douglas under a full moon.
On Thursday afternoon
I went for a walk in Tholt-y-Will plantation, visiting two old tholtans
that lie within the woodland. I've visited them a few times before,
but always starting from above, by the Druidale Road. This time I
started from the car park by the old Tholt-y-Will chapel and walked up.
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On Thursday evening
we had a trip from Douglas to Port Erin and back on the 'Pie and Mash'
dining car train. The weather was rather poor with rain for most
of the time, but the food and company were good! I didn't take a
camera so these are just some phone pictures.
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A few pictures taken
at Niarbyl on Friday afternoon during a quick visit showing a visitor around.
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On Sunday morning I
took one of our visitors for a trip on the Groudle Glen Railway.
We caught the train from Lhen Coan and while he stayed on to the Sea Lion
Rocks terminus, I alighted at Lime Kiln Halt to take some aerial pictures
of the line and its picturesque surroundings.
The railway was opened
in 1896 as a tourist attraction for the scenic glen, but was finally closed
and abandoned in 1963 and that was seemingly the end of it. However,
in 1982, the Isle of Man Steam Railway Supporters Association commenced
a plan to restore the railway and by 1986 they had reopened the railway
from Lhen Coan to The Headland, completing the line to Sea Lion Rocks by
1992. Since then there have been many additional projects carried
out to make the line more interesting to visitors. Esteemed local
author Barry Edwards has just published a superb new book detail the history
of the glen and railway.
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On Sunday afternoon
we took our visitor for a final 'scenic trip' around part of the island
before they departed on the boat the following morning and one of the sites
that we visited was Ballaugh Old Church.
On Tuesday afternoon
we headed up to Close Sartfield, in the Ballaugh Curragh, for a wander
around. The wild orchid season is now over, but the meadows have
not yet been cut for hay and there is an abundance of wild flowers and
insects there. My identification skills are not good, so most will
After leaving Close
Sartfield, we stopped for another stroll in one of the wetter areas of
We were downstairs preparing
our evening meal when I noticed this amazing sunset sky from the kitchen
window and dashed upstairs to
shoot this picture out
of the Velux window.
A little project that
I had wondered about was to capture all three of the Steam Packet's passenger
vessels from the air while they were in port at Douglas. It needed
a combination of circumstances, but the main ones were perfect weather
conditions and me getting out of bed at a rather earlier time than usual!
Yesterday all the pieces fitted together and I managed to shoot these pictures.
DJI Mini 2 13/7/23
Whilst I was shooting
the Steam Packet aerial shots on Thursday morning, I also shot some more
DJI Mini 2 13/7/23
Another update to the
Railway pictures, with Gallery 2 now uploaded covering pictures taken so
far in July.
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below to visit the gallery.
This morning I've been
working on the Railway pictures again and managed to complete them up to
the end of June.
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to visit Railways 2023 Gallery One.
We currently have a
house guest, Star, and I took these pictures yesterday afternoon when we
took her for a walk in the amazing Archallagan Plantation. The GPS
tracker recorded just under 4 miles for us, but Star would have run for
way more that, chasing and retrieving her ball!
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It was back to Archallagan
yesterday afternoon with Star. The plantation is large and there
are so many paths around it and areas with different characteristics that
it's difficult to get bored with it.
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Sea fog drifts over
Douglas Bay and past the Head.
Two contrasting days
dog walking in Conrehenny Plantation. On the first one low cloud
was covering the hilltops all around with rain threatening. The second
was mainly bright sunshine with distant views of the mountains across the
sea in Wales and England. As ever, my identification of flora and
fauna is poor!
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There are seven new
Railway pictures in Railways 2023 Pt 2, 'Fenella' at Peel and 'Caledonia'
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below to head over to the section.
There are no less than
29 new Railway pictures now uploaded to Island Imgages Railways 2023 Pt
2. Click any image below to track to that section.
Some aerial photography
on Thursday afternoon in the west of the island, flying from two locations
in the countryside. The weather wasn't as bright as I had hoped,
although better than in my first choice of location up in the hills, where
the clouds were really dark and it was raining slightly!
DJI Air 2S 27/7/23
There are 21 new Railway
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There are 15 new Railway
pictures in Railways 2023 Pt 2. Click any of the thumbnails below
to head to the section.