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Photo Group One - May 2017

by Tim Wright - 11:17 on 25 May 2017
Ten of us arrived at Evie Pier on an afternoon of low cloud and mild drizzle that cleared reasonably soon. Nothing daunted we set out, in the main, on the new St Magnus Way only to find that there was a very poor path along the cliff top. Luckily the tide was out and we were able to go along the shore for a few hundred yards before encountering slippery stones and vast quantities of seaweed. The path could do with a bit of work with a strimmer. Others wisely headed towards the Broch of Gurness end of the beach and came across a skeleton of a porpoise to examine then walked up the road to the graveyard. This is full of stunted trees and interesting gravestones. Further up the road is a Totem Pole with all sorts of exotic looking carvings as well as a Scarecrow in the field alongside.
 
We then repaired to Barbara's house for tea and lovely cakes and looked at members photos. Ullapool was the last trip and some splendid photos of the mountains with snow on top were shown. The day in Inverewe Gardens was a highlight with wonderful photos of plants and flowers. The Rhododendrons were spectacular and they showed up beautifully against the green background. The Walled Garden and the sculpture there and the Millenium Gates were also worthy features for pictures. The bird watchers also had found a Heronry that kept them snapping. Later in the year, the nine who went on this trip will have an extended show of their photos from this trip.
 
"Chimneys" was the monthly project. We had all sorts from ancient to modern, multiple and single, smoking and non smoking, large and small. There were funnels on boats, smoke from the Distillery and the wood pulp mill outside Inverness. However the most impressive was the huge brick works chimney in Bangladesh. Our photographers have to go a long way to impress the group !
 
The next meeting will be on THURSDAY 29th June with a day trip to Papa Westray. There are six people signed up for this so far so please let me know if you wish to come or not as numbers will be limited. Further information about the trip will be sent to those who have decided to come when I have it.
 
The project for this month is "Bridge or Bridges".
 
Many thanks to Barbara for lovely tea and cakes that brightened up a damp afternoon .
 
Keep clicking,
Tim

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