Romney Marshes Outing Report 14 May 2018
Eight of us went to the Marsh. The weather forecast was not great but actually it was better than we expected. So some of us left at 6.15 am and arrived reasonably early so that we had plenty of time to photograph the iconic St Thomas a Beckett Church. We enjoyed doing the church and then ran run out of time so we weren’t able to explore the marsh.
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.
Mersea Island Outing Thursday 26 April 2018
Nine of us went on the outing.
Some left at 6.30 am in order to get there with the sun coming up over the beach huts. But as always it is hard to get an original shot. There were some kite surfers and surfboard surfers, always good if they come close to the shore.
Bury St Edmunds Trip
Seven of us left at 7.30 am on Monday 19th March for Bury St Edmunds. A few problems in the car park when our first car arrived, parking machine wouldn’t work, I dropped a hearing aid and it took us 15 minutes to find it – how could that be?
Margate Outing Report Monday 5th March 2018
Up at 4.00 am so that we could get to Botany Bay for the sunrise. Quiet traffic at first but soon got busier even at that time, especially towards London.
Greenwich Trip Report Thursday 18 January 2018
12 hardy club members ignored the windy conditions overnight on Wednesday and set off on a photographic trip to Greenwich. Some travelled there by car and others took the train from Billericay (at times varying from 6 am to 9.30 am)
Felixstowe Outing on Monday 4th December 2017
An early start to arrive there for sunrise and quite a cold morning but we like to suffer to make good photographs. We started at the sea defences and enjoyed the sun rise though it could have been a bit more spectacular. Then on to Languard Fort (closed in winter), nature reserve and a good view of the port. Breakfast in the local cafe.
Winkworth Arboretum Report
Twelve members went to Winkworth Arboretum near Godalming, Surrey on Monday 6th November 2017.
Winkworth is a National Trust property that is an 80 mile drive south around the M25. It doesn’t open until 10.00 am so we left at 7.00, perhaps a big mistake. There were many hold ups on the M25 and it took most of us nearly three hours to get there, and it was just as bad coming back.
Blickling Outing Report
Nine of us went to the Blickling Estate, a National Trust property, on Monday 2nd October 2017. It was a far drive, about 2 and half hours , and we were a bit too early for the Autumn colours.
Brandon Park Outing Report
Tuesday August 29th 2017
Fifteen of us went to Brandon Country Park in Suffolk. It was a bright day but rather windy. We hoped to see butterflies but there not as many as we would have liked, mainly cabbage white and red admirals, and some others on the heath area. They were not very co-operative … for me anyway. The dragonflies were more helpful and allowed us to get quite close for macro shots. There were large ones flying around the pond and I tried to get them in flight but they were too fast for me.
Rochester Outing Report
15 of us went to Rochester on Monday 17th July. Some of us left earlier and it was a good move. The Cathedral was very happy for us to use tripods and take photographs but warned it would be very busy later on. We had a good time in the Cathedral then moved on to the Castle. That was challenging for photography as there was a lot of scaffolding around.
On Monday 26 June a select group of 5 visited Gravesend. We were due to be 7 but one of our party, plus his wife, was unable to stay long enough to meet up with us.
The name of the town does not sound very inspiring but we were pleasantly surprised. We parked our cars in Tilbury and caught the ferry as foot passengers to take us across the Thames. After a much needed coffee we strolled to the Guru Nanak Darbar Gurdwara Sikh temple. This is an impressive building erected in 2006 at a cost of c£15m. Much time was spent outside using wide-angle lenses to try to capture the full effect of the whole building. Speaking to the local Sikhs we were made very welcome and encouraged to go inside the building and continue to take photographs. Indeed after touring the temple, wearing appropriate headgear, we were treated to a light lunch in the community restaurant.