First, an apology. I tried something different last week – a slideshow of images from my visit to Ickworth House.ICKWORTH HOUSE – 26 I think some people had trouble seeing the images – they weren’t always visible in email handlers, the blog needs to be opened in a browser window – click on Pixels and Pronouns in the header line and this should happen.I’ve edited it back into my usual look! Sorry about that.
This week, more in my old style and set-up!!
Yesterday, Sunday 7th July, I went to the Shuttleworth Collection near Biggleswade, for their Military Aircraft airshow .
Here are some shots of some of the aircraft on display – flying and/or on the ground.
The highlight of the day? Easily, seven Hawker Hurricanes flying together. Only eight of these beautiful aircraft flying in the UK, and Shuttleworth managed to get SEVEN of them together – the highest number to fly together since 1946!!.
Boeing B-17G ‘Sally B’
Bristol Boxkite, 1910 ( Replica )
Avro Triplane, 1910 ( Replica )
Not been to Shuttleworth? Go! It’s a must visit ( IMHO )!!
An apparently abandoned fishing boat on Two Tree Island, near Leigh on Sea, Essex.
A yacht under sail on the River Thurne at Potter Heigham on the Norfolk Broads.
After photographing bluebells in Blakes Wood, Danbury we went to The Squadron at North Weald Airfield for food ( recommended! ),… and were lucky enough to capture this Spitfire on its way out!
Taken on my Olympus EM-1 with a 300mm Pro lens, hand held.
Me enjoying myself watching people going home!
Taken on the Olympus EM-1 : ISO 100, f/9 with an ND8 filter and a 20 second exposure
A few weekends ago the Epping Ongar Railway held one of their steam weekends.
This image shows one of the locomotives noisily ‘exhaling’ steam at a ferocious rate – and sending debris and suchlike into the air.
Mostly steam and not so much of the locomotive, but I think it works!
Another image from our weekend visit to Taunton and Exmoor.
We were lucky enough to come across the West Somerset Railway ‘Spring Steam Gala’.
This image was taken from the beach just outside Blue Anchor station ( or Bailey Gate as it had been renamed for the Gala ) with the train heading west to Dunster and then on to Minehead.
I think the locomotive is fleet number 53808 ( an SDJR 7F 2-8-0, apparently ) – but only by matching the timestamp on my image and the Gala timetable ( which was running late! ) – so apologies if the info is wrong.
I’ve removed the many enthusiasts that were near the track – but I left in the dog – and gave the image a sepia treatment which seemed to fit the mood of the setting.
Hope you like it!
Last Friday we had a balloon trip from near to Colchester in Essex for 11 miles south-east towards Chelmsford.
We had a perfect afternoon – lovely skies, and a few fluffy clouds just to add photographic interest.
This shot was taken just before we lifted off – with the Virgin balloon having left several minutes previously.
Not surprisingly, we followed on along the same track and then landed minutes apart in neighbouring fields.
Comment of the afternoon, from one of our companion travellers – “Why don’t they just fly it around in a big circle and take us back to where we parked our cars?”
They clearly understood exactly what they were experiencing!
One of the last times we will see this beautiful aircraft fly!
Surely someone can help keep it flying?
Today at Southend this afternoon – we were lucky enough to see the RNLI team launch this craft!
Taken against the light on a Nikon Coolpix S9500, handheld; a jpeg into Lightroom 5 and then Viveza 2 for some local editing.