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2/2/24
A pre-sunrise sky on Imbolc, just taken out of the window at home.
 
Yesterday was the ancient Celtic festival of Imbolc, marking the mid point between the Winter Solstice and Spring Equinox when the first plants of spring can be seen emerging from winter hibernation. It was associated with the goddess Brigid, later converted for Christianity to St Brigid's Day. 
It has become a bit of an Island Images tradition in recent years for me to visit Old Kirk Braddan to photograph the snowdrops growing in the churchyard, although I seem to have missed it last year, probably due to weather issues!
DJI Osmo Pocket 3 & Mini 2 1/2/24
An aerial perspective
 
 
3/2/24
I ran out of time for producing webpages yesterday morning and had other tasks in the afternoon, but after leaving Old Kirk Braddan I headed west to Crosby to visit another site with connections to the first of February, Keeil Vreeshey, or St Bridget's Chapel.  A typical keeil dating to the early days of Christianity in the Isle of Man and dedicated to St Bridget.  Bridget was an Irish nun who supposedly founded a nunnery at Kildare, Ireland, before travelling to the Isle of Man and founding a nunnery here just outside Douglas, at the location now just known as The Nunnery.  There is a holy well dedicated to St Bridget close to The Nunnery.
DJI Mini 2  1/2/24
 
 
4/2/24
After taking the pictures of Keeil Vreeshey, I became aware of the existence of a 'Holy Well' also dedicated to St Bridget and I though that I'd try to find it.  It was in Douglas, fairly close to The Nunnery and was apparently visited by pilgrims for the healing properties of it's water.  Water from it was also used for baptismal purposes at the parish church.  It seems to have fallen into a bit of a decline, but was restored in 1910.  Unfortunately a tree fell on it around 2007 and caused major damage.  No attempts seem to have been made to repair it and It gradually vanished into the undergrowth.  Spoiler alert - I didn't manage to find it, but had a nice walk there and around the Nunnery grounds.  I did however, discover another structure hidden in the undergrowth!
DJI Osmo Pocket 3 3/2/24
 
 
5/2/24
I wouldn't normally do two photo trips in the same day, but with the weather forecast showing unsettled over the next few days I headed out again on Saturday afternoon, this time over to the west coast to visit the lovely beach at Whitestrand, between Peel and Kirkmichael.
Insta360 Ace Pro & Panasonic TZ200 3/2/24
 
Some lovely colours in the sky to the south west after I'd arrived home.
Insta360 Ace Pro 3/2/24
 
 
8/2/24
On Tuesday afternoon I headed off the the old mines, up in the hills above Foxdale.  I was hoping that the clouds would clear from a rather dull grey morning, but unfortunately that only happened at around sunset!
Insta360 Ace Pro 6/2/24
 
 
9/2/24
Wednesday morning was bright and sunny, but with poor weather forecast for the following days I decided to make the most of it and set out for a visit to the Fairy Bridge.  Not that one on the way to and from the airport, but the 'real' one near Kewaigue.  I also decided to use a 'real' camera!
Nikon D7100 7/2/24
 
10/2/24
In addition to the still pictures at the Fairy Bridge, I've also produced two videos.  The first one was shot on the day of my recent visit and is just a short composition of video clips with no commentary, in real time and slow motion.  The second one is a compilation of still images that I've taken there over the years since my first visit in 2000, plus a couple of older ones from the late 1800s and early 1900s, courtesy of Manx National Heritage at the iMuseum.
Click a button below to view on YouTube.
 
 
11/2/24
Yesterday morning was sunny and calm and I set out to try and shoot a video project that I had been thinking about since visiting the Fairy Bridge a few days ago.  Although it wasn't really part of the project (but might get included!) I took the mini drone along and took these aerial shots of Oakhill and Keristal.
DJI Mini 2 10/2/24
 
 
12/2/24
Pictures taken from home around sunset yesterday.
Insta360 Ace Pro & Panasonic TZ200  11/2/24
 
 
13/2/24
I took these pictures around the midday yesterday on a walk around Douglas Harbour.  The weather forecast had mentioned another very high tide with the possibility of some 'overtopping' at certain areas but I think the water levels remained just below the quays.
Panasonic FZ82 13/2/24
 
 
14/2/24
Happy St Valentines Day! -  which probably dates back to the pre Christian Roman festival of Lupercalia which was celebrated from the 13th to 14th.
 
The following pictures have one thing in common, the Isle of Man Steam Packet's new vessel 'Manxman', captured over two days.  All of the pictures were taken from my house, so probably at a distance of around two miles from me to the ship.  Equivalent focal lengths from 16mm to 973mm.
Panasonic FZ82 & Insta360 Ace Pro 12/2/24 & 13/2/24 (Last picture 14/2/24)
 
15/2/24
A new video, shot around the Oakhill and Keristal areas, south of Douglas.  This was really created with a long term friend in mind.  Stewart was one of the first people to contact me way back, when I'd first started my Isle of Man based photo website in the late 1990s and we have stayed in contact ever since.  Although living in the UK, he has IOM family connections and has visited regularly since he was a child, particularly in this area, so I though that I'd make him this little video.
DJI Osmo Pocket 3 & DJI Mini 2 10/2/24
 
 
16/2/24
Yesterday was not a good weather day, with low cloud down to sea level in the morning and quite heavy rain.  The rain eased off in the afternoon and as I fancied a bit of exercise I headed up into the hills for a wander around the tholtans above Tholt-y-Will.  The rain had more or less stopped when I arrived there and the cloud base had lifted to being up and down around ground level there, which is up to 700ft above sea level.
Nikon D7100 15/2/23
 
 
17/2/24
After my stroll around the tholtans above Tholt-y-Will, I headed back into the glen to view the Alt Waterfall.
Nikon D7100 & DJI Osmo Pocket 3 15/2/23
A  full frame image and a short video of the waterfall.
 
A dramatic sunset sky after a dull and misty day, shot from home.
Panasonic TZ200 15/2/24
 
 
18/2/24
A few pictures taken during a walk from home on Friday afternoon.
Panasonic FZ82 16/2/24
 
 
19/2/24
I took these pictures walking yesterday afternoon in the Ballaugh Curragh wetlands area.  In fact they were all taken from the Wildlife Park's nature walk, where a boardwalk keeps you feet dry as you walk through the curragh.
Panasonic FZ82  18/2/24
A few animal pictures inside the Wildlife Park.
 
 
21/2/24
After another very wet morning, the weather cleared at around 3-30 in the afternoon and I went out for a walk in nearby Groudle Glen.
Insta360 Ace Pro 20/2/24
The Groudle Glen vidoe is has now been edited and published.  It's just a short stroll along the river from the waterwheel to the viaduct.
Click the button below to view it on YouTube
 
 
22/2/24
A little sequence I shot yesterday afternoon of an aircraft passing the moon.  I'd noticed the almost full moon in the sky and saw a few aircraft vapour trails heading towards that area of the sky.  I grabbed a camera, hoping that one might cross right across the moon's disk, but this was the closest I could manage!  The aircraft was British Airways Boeing 777-200 G-YMMR operating a service from London Heathrow to Cincinnati 'Speedbird 21 Victor', at 37,000 ft.
Panasonic FZ82 21/2/24
Two sunsets and the moon.  These pictures were shot using three diferent cameras, but are displayed in the correct time sequence.
DJI Osmo Pocket 3, Nikon D7100, Insta 360 Ace Pro  21/2/24
 
 
23/2/24
I took these pictures yesterday afternoon on a walk from the car park at Scarlett, following the coastline to Pooil Vaaish and then back by the same route.
Panasonic FZ82 22/2/24
 
 
24/2/24
Nice weather again yesterday afternoon and as a bonus, the winds dropped down to a level suitable for some aerial photography.  I planned a circular walk from Port Grenaugh, going initially through Arragon then up to Meary Veg, where I hoped to get some aerial shots of the 'People's Wood'.  Announced in 2019, and planted with 85,000, mainly broad-leaved  trees in 2021, it covers 113 acres.  Apparently there has been a higher than expected failure rate of the trees initially planted.  There has been a lot of tree planting in the area and I tried to find a map showing the 'People's Wood' but without success.
Panasonic TZ200 & DJI Mini 2  23/2/24
Interactive 360 degree Panoramas
Coastal Views
 
27/2/24
You can find out lost of interesting things from looking at maps and I use them a lot for finding good locations for photography.  Two sites that I had noticed marked on the Outdoor Leisure map were 'Manannan's Chair' and 'Keeil Pharick' both up on the high ground by the Staarvey Road near Cronk-y-Voddy. So with some good drone flying weather on Sunday afternoon I set out to investigate, only to find the Staarvey Road closed for installation of a new water main right by Manannan's Chair!  However, I was able to get close enough to fly the drone there for some aerial shots.  My new source of information on ancient sites, 'A Guide to the Archaeological Sites of the Isle of Man, unfortunately omits both sites, but I've found a bit of information on internet searches.
DJI Air 2S 25/2/24
Manannan's Chair - A semi-circular earthwork possibly from the Mesolithic or Neolithic period.  Use unknown but maybe part of a fortified farmstead.
 
Keeil Pharik - ancient chapel.  A bit different from other Keeil's as it's  not actually visible but located within a circular earthwork.  When surveyed in 1910 the archaeologists found the remains of the keeil buried under the earth with three lintel graves below the floor level.  Now I know I'm not an archaeologist but does this suggest an ancient pre-christian burial mound that's just been hollowed out to build a chapel on?
 
 
28/2/24
After carrying out the aerial shots of Manannan's Chair and Keeil Pharick the plan was to continue to the end of the road, park the car and walk down the greenway road into Cooildarry.   However, the tarmac road actually finished well short of what is shown on the Outdoor Leisure map and there was nowhere to park anywhere near the end!  So in Plan B I drove around to Glen Wyllin and walked up Cooildarry from the lower end.  I hadn't really intended any more aerial pics but took the mini drone in it's bag just in case.  In the end I walked up the green lane above Cooildarry and found a nice spot to fly from.  I was just intending to get some aerial shots from over the glen, but instead discovered an amazing geological feature that I'd never know existed before!
DJI Mini 2 25/2/24
 
On the way home I called in at Kirk Michael and took these pics.
Insta360 Ace Pro & Panasonic TZ60  25/2/24
 
I took these three pictures with the Ace pro from late afternoon to nightime.  The camera does really well in low light situations.
Insta360 Ace Pro 25/2/24
 
 
29/2/24
Another aerial photography expedition, this time to Port Erin, on Monday afternoon.  I had a specific target in mind that has a very interesting history, both in fact and folklore, but stopped on the way there for some shots of Kirk Christ, the Rushen parish church.
DJI Mini 2 & Insta360 Ace Pro  26/2/24
 
The Fairy Hill
This was my main photography target of the afternoon.  I am amazed that in almost 34 years living in the Isle of Man I don't think I'd ever even seen it!  It has two histories, the archaeological one is that it was probably a Motte & Bailey castle.  Introduced to Britain by the Normans, it consists of a man made conical hill (the Motte) usually topped by a wooden defensive structure (the Keep).  The Bailey was an area at the base of the hill enclosed by a wooden fence with a defensive ditch dug around it.  Most of the domestic buildings were here, including a hall, kitchen and chapel.  So why is it the 'Fairy Hill'?  It comes from a Manx fairy tale, the Silver Cup, where a cunning farmer stole a valuable drinking cup from the Little People who lived in the hill and escaped with it to Rushen Church.  If you want to read the full story, it can be found on line in 'Manx Fairy Tails', scroll down the page to find 'The Silver Cup'.
DJI Mini 2  26/2/24
 
 
1/3/24
On my drive home from Port Erin via The Sloc, I decided that a brish walk up to the summit of Cronk ny Arrey Laa might be nice, so parked the car up at the end of the Eary Cushlin track and headed off with camera and drone.  It's only around a 300ft climb up and took me about 10 minutes.
Panasonic TZ60 & DJI Mini 2 26/2/24
 
On Tuesday afternoon there were a few things I needed to do in Douglas, but as the weather was nice and I had the time, I did a detour on the way home for a stroll around Port Soderick and its glen.  Compared to what it was in it's heyday, Port Soderick has nothing much there these days, but is still a nice spot.
Insta360 Ace Pro 27/2/24
 
Sunset from home on the last day of the month.
Insta360 Ace Pro 29/2/24
 
 Unless otherwise credited all pictures on this website are  © Jon Wornham