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Photo Group One - Jan 2017

by Tim - 10:17 on 26 January 2017

This afternoon twelve of us had a great session on a variety of topics presented to us by three different members. 

Firstly, Lilian showed a trip she had had to South Africa. She had seen lots of different animals from Elephants to Penguins and from Hippos to Sea Lions plus a multitude of animals in between. The highlight was the pride of White Lions which she had photographed exquisitely and closely while avoiding being their lunch. A truly  fascinating trip full of terrific photos and very well presented.

Secondly, Rod took us to New York not once but twice, capturing  his title of "New York, New York " exactly. The first time he arrived he was on the first plane to get there after a Hurricane had hit. Vast areas were without electricity for up to a week, there was no traffic on the street, the subway was under many feet of water and the police were directing traffic at night with flares. Cars were damaged, trees were down in Central Park and food was scarce (if you could be bothered to walk down dozens of flights of stairs to get it and then walk back up). He went back by sea next time on the Queen Mary 2, a lovely ship, but also, no doubt, to check that everything was working in the City before he got off. He fared much better this time with great photos of all sorts of buildings from Grand Central Terminus to the Chrysler Building by way of the Flat Iron building and Central Park. This time they were making an Ice Rink as it was November but we did not see him practicing his Triple Axles. Two very different takes on New York and excellently photographed  trip and very well told.

Third up, after a restorative cup of tea, was Tim speaking about a week long trip, organized by Barbara, to Inveraray in October. Six Members had taken a lovely large house on the shore of Loch Fyne and then traveled extensively in the local area. We went to Inveraray Castle, Inveraray Jail,  Kilmartin Glen, Crinan, Crucachan Power Station and Dam, Hillhead House in Helensburgh and an awful lot of places in between. Photographically the most interesting place was St Conan's Church on the way to Cruachan. It is an attractive mishmash of styles, only completed in 1930 but with a wonderful mixture of eccentric features, the Hippo and Hare gargoyles being my favorites. A happy set of memories for all who went, brightening up a wet winter afternoon.

The next meeting will be on Wednesday 22 February at 10.30 am meeting at the car park by the shore in Finstown with the intention of going to the Cafe at the Chalets for lunch.

The project is a corker, literally, "Spirals". Don't get too twisted and bitter about it !

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