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.

 

Derwent Water, The Lake District

Given the incredible amounts of rain over the last 6 weeks we were very fortunate to have a couple of days of visibility to see the beautiful scene that the recent snow had left behind.

It’s always a case of expecting all weathers and you won’t be disappointed. We were hoping to get some walking in along with some photography.

When we arrived there was some snow on the hill tops but there were only fleeting glimpses as the grey cloud rolled in.

A heavy days rain and very low cloud offered the hope that it would be falling as snow higher up. It was.

The skies, very fortunately for us, cleared photos below show the range from the pre and post snow views around Derwent Water and Keswick.