Thursday, 20 September 2018
I arrived at Shuttleworth before 10am, with the first planes not scheduled to fly until 2pm. This gave plenty of time to look around the house (which frankly isn't't that interesting), the Swiss gardens (which are lovely) and the collection of vintage vehicles and non-flying planes.
Friday, 14 September 2018
I met some other CCC members at the recent 'Heritage Day' at the Shuttleworth Collection. It was the first time I had been to a flying day at Shuttleworth in a few years. The weather was great with a clear sky. The planes flying included two visiting Mk XI reconnaissance spitfires and the collection's own Mk V Spitfire. The Mk V has returned to the skies this season after a 10 year refit. Unusually, it sports clipped wing tips, which apparently improve roll rate. I ended up shooting a lot of frames, and have spent the last couple of weeks slowly sorting through them. Here is a selection.
Wednesday, 15 August 2018
On Saturday, I visited Lackford Lakes in Suffolk, with my friend Vic, who was up from Devon for a few days. We went with the intention of trying to photograph kingfishers. Lackford has an artificial bank where they nest, and there was still young in at least one hole. We watched a male bring in a fish, stopping first, on a well located post, to orientate it for delivery. Sadly it was all too distant for usable photos. We tried a couple of hides, eventually settling in one with 6 or so other photographers. We waited an hour or so, passing the time by trying to shoot dragonflies in flight. Eventually, we were rewarded by a couple of visits from a (the same?) male.
Monday, 13 August 2018
I spent one of the last of the very sunny days, before the weather changed, at Wicken Fen. There were plenty of common darters on the wing, as well as a few butterflies and the odd damselfly. I especially like the dramatic lighting on the damselfly in the first shot.
Tuesday, 7 August 2018
On Saturday I visited Stratford and Hackney Wick. I started with a stroll around the Olympic Park, before heading out into the streets of Hackney Wick. It was my first visit to the park since the 2012 Paralympic Games. Stripped of those events, I found the park a little sterile. The streets around Hackney Wick much more interesting.
Monday, 30 July 2018
On Saturday, I went with a friend to Battersea Park for a food festival. Frankly, it wasn't that great, so we didn't stay long and instead took a walk around the power station. The surrounding area is currently being redeveloped with the usual London mix of luxury flats, offices, some restaurants luxury flats, a few shops and more luxury flats. Quite a bit is finished, but the iconic Grade II* listed building is still a shell surrounded by cranes.