Landlines Exhibition

Royal Geographical Society, 1 Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AR

5th-14th Sept 2019 Mon-Fri 10am to 5pm, Saturday 10am to 4pm

http://www.wildernessart.org/exhibitions

Landlines is in aid of The Wilderness Foundation UK, which empowers people to conserve nature and harnesses the power of the wilderness to transform vulnerable lives.

In addition to 14 other artists using different mediums I will have some of my photographs from the fringes of our inhabited world on display.

LANDLINES. 4-14 Sept 2019. RGS Release June 2019

British National Cycling Champs, Isle of Man, June 2017

A great location and a tough route using the TT course for the road race. Standing up at Creg Ny Baa as the peloton careered down at over 60mph before leaning into the corner as they kept the speed up then accelerated onto the next straight. A breakaway for Steve Cummings in the men’s road race to go with his time trial victory. A fantastic come back after injury and a great confidence builder as he heads into the Tour de France. A great win for the Manx rider Anna Christian in the U23 women’s time trial, a bit of crowd control needed as a rowdy duck threatened to block the road. Once the race was over another 20 or so ducks broke through the barriers and crossed. We couldn’t find a chicken to ask why.

British Wildlife Centre

An ideal location to practice your photography. A good mix of animals found within the UK and the chance to get up very close and personal. Seeing a Scottish Wildcat was a first and certainly in a south of England there aren’t too many opportunities to see a Red Squirrel. The European Otters certainly are pretty industrious and you certainly don’t want to take your eye off them.

A fantastic afternoon out with excellent photographic opportunities and very knowledgeable and friendly staff.

 

 

The Elephants of Minneriya

Seeing elephants in any wild environment is always an exciting experience. Such large animals that, when they want to be, can almost make themselves invisible. It’s almost comedic as they head into the undergrowth and disappear.

Minneriya National Park is in the North Central Province of Sri Lanka. It is home to a large population of elephants, especially during the dry season as they are attracted to the grass around the reservoir.

On this trip we were fortunate enough to see a large herd comprising a range of adults, young and one very newly born calf.

The calf had been born within the previous hour according to a guide who was already at the location. When we arrived it lay motionless in amongst the grass. It stayed that way for quite a while – perhaps 15-20 minutes. The mother didn’t seem that concerned. She carried on feeding. Eventually the calf got up covered in grass and unsteady on it’s feet. It then started to feed.

Just as it was getting a little more confident another young calf seeing someone younger took the opportunity to wrestle and generally pick on it. Under the watchful eye of the group around it this then carried infer a while then it was time for another feed.

As the herd moved on they always kept the same formation with the young on the inside , protected and out of reach.I hope that the photos tell a brief story of the first couple of hours of a new calf.

 

Going South to St Helena

It was unexpected but being on the first plane ever to fly from Ascension Island to St Helena was something special and not to be missed.

There are plenty of discussions elsewhere on the rights and wrongs of the airport being where it is and the need for tourism in St Helena so it serves little purpose for me to mention it further.

Suffice it to say that our plane landed, not once but twice, without any issues. It’s a beautiful island in The South Atlantic 10 miles long by 5 miles wide. It’s probably best known as the place Napoleon was exiled at Longwood House for 5 years and where he eventually died with a tomb built for him – both photographed below. We had a brief tour of the Island. The photos below are a very brief summary. Jonathan the 189 year old giant tortoise wandering across the lawn at Plantation house. Jamestown viewed from the top of Jacob’s ladder 699 steps up from the town.

It was literally a flying visit. There is plenty for tourists to see and do. Hopefully the issues will be sorted out soon to open the island up.

Northern Lights in Iceland

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Light pollution, aurora and The Milky Way – plus it was extremely cold ( see previous blog with ice on my camera). It was all there! Not the most spectacular of displays but always something to behold.

 

Upstairs Gallery, Berkhamstead

I’m fortunate enough to have a couple of images on display at the below exhibition. Please visit if you get the opportunity. It lasts until the 23rd April.

http://www.upstairsgallery.co.uk/whats-on.html

They are a non profit organisation that make yearly donations to a local charity which aims to tackle homelessness and poverty in the area.