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U3A Photo Group One - April 2019

by Steve Henderson - 21:15 on 24 April 2019


Ten of us descended on Burwick on a bright(ish) and breezy day.  First on the agenda was a rare chance to look round inside St Mary’s Kirk, guided by Alexander Annal of the St Mary’s Preservation Trust.  The Trust is working towards a transformation of the kirk into a heritage and community centre and Alexander proved to be a mine of information on a site with a lot of history but a rather low profile so far.  Inside and out the kirk is in need of repair and refurbishment and probably most of us found it photogenic for those reasons!  Ageing, green-veined plasterwork, dusty pews and a hard-worked, partly dismantled organ were among the attractions.  Afterwards the group scattered to explore the pier, the semi-derelict farmhouse and the windbreaks of decorative(?) concrete blocks beside the pier.

We then sheltered from the wind and consumed some excellent cakes, tea and coffee in the Burray Fossil Museum.  Photos from the previous trip to Dounby were examined.  No disrespect intended but a place not known for its photogenic qualities stimulated a wide range of personal interpretations with room for old and new, smart and decaying and little repetition of subject matter. 

The theme for the month was ‘flight’.  Aeroplanes were outnumbered by birds, including some wonderful shots of swans, herons (I think!) and some showy tropical specimens.  Flying flags and flights of stairs also fitted the brief and, inevitably, a windsurfer!

Next month attention turns to the Caithness and north Sutherland coast for a couple of days.  Steve set next month’s theme as ‘peace’.

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