Photofold trip to Dorset Wednesday 11 April to Saturday 14 April 2018
14 club members travelled down to Wareham in Dorset for a 3 night photography trip. 12 of us stayed (and completely filled) The Red Lion Hotel in central Wareham, whilst the other 2 stayed in The Quay Inn a few hundred yards away. We travelled down in groups spread over 5 cars and tended to go our separate ways during the daytime but always met up at night dining in 3 different local restaurants to swap stories of what we had photographed during the day.
There are numerous areas of photographic interest in the county of Dorset and during our brief trip we visited numerous places, including:
- Knowlton Church (a picturesque Norman ruin set amongst an Iron Age hillfort)
- Kingston Lacey to photograph a spectacular avenue of beech trees
- Kimmeridge Bay
- The RSPB reserve at Arne (not worth a further visit according to those who went there)
- Portland Bill (excellent for rock formations, lighthouses, waves and tea and cakes)
- The New Forest
- Tyneham (a deserted village abandoned during WW2)
- Corfe Castle
- Durdle Door (a well-known beach and cliff sight)
- Bovington Tank Museum
- Wareham for night photography and views of the deer in the water meadows
It is fair to say that the weather during our stay was fairly unspectacular, never tempting us to rise early and go in search of a great sunrise, nor to stay up late and photograph the Milky Way at 3 in the morning. Most days were fairly overcast but it never rained so we were lucky in that respect.
I am pleased to report that, unlike our previous trip to Dartmoor, there were no dislocated shoulders (incurred chasing sheep) or swollen ankles resulting from clambering over rocks. On this occasion the only casualties were two of James’ filters smashed due to an overbalancing tripod.
The only other disaster to befall our group was Dave locking his, and 3 other photographer’s camera gear in his car boot, and then discovering that the car had inexplicably locked itself (with his car keys in the boot). Having no other key, and the local Ford garage being unable to help, he had no alternative but to return home by train and collect his spare key. 3 unhappy photographers were able to borrow cameras for the day and Dave spent the day on various trains returning to the hotel at 6.00 pm vowing that he would be contacting Ford’s car lock department in Germany on his return to work!
We all had an excellent trip and will now have to think of another venue for the next occasion.
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