Exercise – It’s a walk in the park

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Steering our way towards the local country park on a blue sky January morning gave us the first opportunity in ages for using the camera. Even a fair selection of birds came out to play.

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Here’s hoping the weather stays this clear for a few days. Happy new year to all our readers.

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Yeovilton Air Show 2013

Met up with Michael for the first time in ages, this time using his contact at Limington village church; allowed up the tower where we had a cracking view across Yeovilton air base and the spectacular displays from the red arrows and others performing at the annual air show.

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Last of all came the surprise of the afternoon as a buzzard came out from the trees below us and started to circle probably looking for his tea.

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 We left the tower before the end of the show to escape the 30C plus temperatures.

Queen Victoria 11 – See, sea and C Birds

With time to sit and look out to sea and to be in the right place at the right time can be most rewarding; the only problem with photography is whether the camera can cope with the weather. Yes I am boring, yes I always have a camera attached to my hand, but sometimes the captured images make my sacrifice to the art worth the effort. Tell me if you agree or not. The pictures speak for themselves.

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Queen Victoria 10 – The Faroes to Southampton

Friday 28th July proved to be a busy day, not only was it the last chance to don the gladrags for a formal evening’s entertainment I also had the opportunity to go on a behind the scenes tour of the ship. The logistics of catering for nearly two thousand passengers and a thousand crew, with a company policy to be as environmentally friendly as possible, really is mindblowing; more of that in the next post.

One day out from Torshavn we had to see our first full sunset since the cruise began, no more chance of any midnight viewings, this one was at 9.3op.m.

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The strange mix of colours over the sequence of pictures is as it happened, refraction does very odd things when twisting the light.

I’ve not included much about the entertainment on board but most was centred in the theatre and the queens ballroom. On the last evening there was something different when a gathering of passengers was led through a singsong of old musichall favourites in a very relaxed, and as can be seen, easygoing way in the Grand Lobby.

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The following morning gave us many different things to look at, oil rigs, wind farms, ships and sea birds. The heat haze dominated the scene but we were still able to get sight of the closer objects.

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The above sailing ship, The Tenacious, belongs to an organisation called J.S.T. (Jubilee Sailing Trust) which began in the 1970s to clebrate the Queen’s silver jubilee. The JST has two ships that were commisioned especially to carry a forty-strong crew most of which have varying degrees of disability; nobody was considered as a passenger. More information can be found about this commendable charity at http://www.jst.org.uk

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In the staits of Dover the haze and the sun’s position gave us a better view of the white cliffs of France so just for change here they are. The sunset was not as spectacular this evening but, as can be seen below, early the next morning we had a view to get up for.

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Yes it’s Portsmouth, nearly there with only an hour to go before we dock and prepare for the land journey home.

Queen Victoria 5 – Akureyri

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It was midnight but no sign of the sun, we waited to see if it would peep at us from behind the cloud, but no luck. We lost two hours due to time zones as we crossed from Norway to Iceland but still managed to be awake for our arival at Akureyri. The ship had briefly crossed into the Arctic Circle as our route took us north, didn’t see any swimming polar bears though. The sight of the sea, land and sky sandwich below was our first view of the topless island, getting to look quite strange as we got nearer.

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The glacial patterns etched into the mountainsides coupled with the seemingly endless supply of waterfalls made for a more than impressive landscape to remember; too many pictures the same did you say?

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If you go out in the woods today – Beware the Polar Bears Picnic!

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           Due to the cold taking longer to clear than at home the tulips are still in bloom during June and July. The buildings too reflected a like of  colour in the town.

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But Akureyri  saved the best till last. We had been told by the officer of the watch to be aware that a pod of whales had been seen at the entance to the fjord, the prediction proved correct and here is evidence of that fact; we can go home now.

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The sun drenched line of rock seen here lets us see what was missing from view when we sailed in this morning; I guess it’s time for an open sandwich for supper.

Behind the Camera 22-3

Birds of a Feather

Once we had met and photographed the alpaca and friends it was time to concentrate on the chickens, a wide range of colours and fashioned feathers collected as a hobby by Nigel, a very helpful keeper allowing us unfettered access.

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Finishing with a final feathered flourish from the phantom of the cottera.

 

Behind the Camera 22 – 2

ALPACA REVISITED and MEETING SOME FRIENDS

This time the weather was dry and we have been allowed access to the field where they lived.

In a yard next to the field it was almost like a mini zoo, goats, rabbit and even a neighbours cat was overseeing the view. 22 -3 will have pictures of the resident birdlife.

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