There are thirty one
new Railway pictures taken on the last day of 'Year of the Railways' (30/7/23)
in Railways 2023 Pt 2
I took these pictures
on a walk around the streets of Ramsey yesterday afternoon.
Panasonic FZ82 1/8/23
There are eighteen new
Railway pictures in Railways
2023 Pt 2. Taking a look at some of the Douglas Bay Horse Tramway
trams inside the depot, then going on to look at two of the horses being
prepared and hauling the double deck tram on a special trip to the temporary
terminus near Broadway.
I took a walk down the Dhoon Glen, chosen from other option mainly to get
away from the strong wind!
Panasonic FZ82 3/8/23
There are four new Railway
pictures in Railways 2023 Pt 3.
Yesterday the weather
was poor for a lot of the day, with torrential downpours of rain in the
morning. However, a 'window' seemed to be opening up around late
morning, and with the rain stopping and wind dying down I managed to get
a couple of drone flights in from two locations.
DJI Mini 2 5/8/23
A photography session
yesterday morning on the eastern edge of Bay-ny-Carrickey.
DJI Mini 2 & Panasonic
Wallabies and butterflies.
On Sunday afternoon we paid a visit to the Wildlife park. These pictures
were all taken on the nature trail that takes you out of the main park
area and on paths and boardwalks through the Ballaugh Curragh wetlands
area. Sometimes you see the wild wallabies, sometimes you don't!
Panasonic FZ82 6/8/23
A couple of shots taken
hand held from the window in the early hours of this morning (02:40).
A partially illuminated moon and Jupiter.
Panasonic FZ82 8/8/23
the weather looked suitable for both hill walking and drone flying, so
I set out to walk in the hills above Ballaragh and capture some aerial
shots of the heather, which is in full bloom up there now. I flew
from three different locations during my walk, but have decided to group
the pictures together by category, firstly conventional shots, then linear
panoramas and finally 360 degree panoramas. I didn't take a conventional
camera (forgot to!) so all the shots area aerial.
DJI Air 2S 8/8/23
The 360 degree Panoramas.
Don't forget to click
the big images for the interactive versions.
Yesterday morning I
took a trip down to town and took these pictures, mainly nautically themed
around the harbour.
Panasonic FZ82 10/8/23
On Thursday afternoon
I set out heading north to look for some suitable weather for more aerial
photography, as a weather app I have ('Windy.com') had suggested that there
might be less cloud there than over the centre or south. It wasn't
perfect but I think I managed some good shots flying from three different
DJI Mini 2 & Air
Mountain Road. - Mini 2
- Mini 2
The Point of Ayre
- Air 2S
A little trip down to
the south of the island yesterday afternoon, starting with a visit to the
ATP aircraft restoration project at the Ronaldsway Museum, before heading
onwards to Hango Hill at Castletown and then to Langness.
Samsung Galaxy A71 &
Panasonic FZ82 12/8/23
Preserved British Aerospace
ATP 'G-MAUD' Manx Airlines.
Externally the aircraft
looks great and the flight deck has been fully restored. All that is now
needed is to re-convert the aircraft from the freight configuration that
it ended its operational career in, back to a Manx Airlines passenger layout.
All the parts are available, but Ivor Ramsden would love some willing assistance
in re-fitting it!
If you could spare a
few hours to help out you can contact him via the Ronaldsway
Aviation and Military Museum.
Castletown Beach and
My original plan had
been to carry out some general 'scenic' photography around Fort Island,
but as soon as I arrived there a large blanket of cloud covered the sun!
However, I'd noticed a quantity of seals hauled out on the rocks just across
the inlet from the island, so decided to photograph them instead.
Some nautical activities
in the bay yesterday, with one huge cruise ship there all day and another
arriving in the evening.
Panasonic FZ82 &
DJI Mini 2
An evening trip to Port
Erin yesterday, to take some aerial pictures around sunset.
DJI Mini 2 16/8/23
I managed to miss this
picture when I was compiling the Port Erin sunset ones. I came across
it this morning when editing the next selection for the website, but couldn't
see how to include it, so here it is as a stand alone image.
DJI Mini 2 16/8/23
Something that I find
very relaxing is just pottering around on a deserted beach and there are
a few on the west coast of the island that fit the bill. I've been
visiting this one over many years, it's not at all easy to get to as there
is no defined path down the fairly steep cliffs, which have changed over
the years due to erosion and slippage. At the moment there is also
chest high bracken to walk through on the way down. Final cautionary
point is that most of the beach is covered with water at high tide, with
sections cut off behind small headlands. Yesterday afternoon was
an ideal time to visit though, with a falling tide.
Panasonic TZ200 &
DJI Mini 2 17/8/23
After quite a few days
of inclement weather and winds to strong for drone flying, yesterday morning
we had light winds and sunny weather, so I took the mini drone out up into
the hills and ended up flying from three locations. I was trying
to capture the last bloom of the heather before it reverts back to the
usual dull brown colours.
DJI Mini 2 23/8/23
Moving on to the second
flying site, on the slopes of Injebreck Hill.
I didn't have time yesterday
to process the pictures from the third and final flying location on Wednesday,
so here they are. The spot was on the hillside by Montpelier Plantation,
in Druidale, a lovely location to view both from ground level and the air.
DJI Mini 2 23/8/23
After very heavy overnight
rain, on Saturday morning I though that I would take a look at the Injebreck
waterfall in case it had a good flow coming down. I wanted to try
using a drone for a vertical view, but in the event discovered that you
can see very little from above due to the tree cover.
DJI Mini 2 26/8/23
After failing to capture
the waterfall from above, I walked up the road for some ground level shots.
I was a bit time restricted
as the roads were closing at 11:00 for the Manx Grand Prix, so I headed
on to my next flying location, on the hill above Injebreck.
was sunny with light winds and I headed north to Port Cornaa for some aerial
pictures. I couldn't believe how busy it was, normally I'd be either
on my own there or maybe one or two other cars, but I couldn't even park
at the back of the beach and had to go back up the lane. With so
many people it restricted my flying a little, but a lot of them seemed
to be heading upstream, so maybe there was a picnic or party up by to deep
DJI Air 2S 30/8/23
After the flight at
Port Cornaa, I headed northwards to Ramsey, to take advantage of the falling
tide for some aerial photography at the South Beach, with particular emphasis
on getting some shots of the Queen's Pier. The pier was constructed
between 1882 and 1885 (officially being opened in 1886), mainly to allow
ships of the Steam Packet to call at Ramsey during all tide states.
The last ship called there in 1970 but the pier was kept open for pedestrians
until June 1990 when it was closed on safety grounds. Unfortunately its
owners, the Isle of Man Government, then just let if fall into disrepair,
with the landing stage section being demolished. In 2016 a group
of enthusiasts obtained permission to restore the pier, estimated at costing
£1.5 million pounds. So far they have restored the first section,
which is open to the public on summer sundays, and are working on the next.
Without government funding though, full restoration will take many years.
DJI Air 2S 30/8/23