Sunday, 17 September 2017

Lee Valley White Water Centre

Five of us from Cambridge Camera Club went to the Lee Valley White Water Centre on Friday. We were on the lookout for competitors practising for the British Canoe Slalom Championships which were happening over the weekend. Since I last visited, there are now ropes down both sides of the course to keep us away from the action! It seems that we must have safety training before being allowed inside the ropes.

The weather varied from bright sunshine to dark grey clouds in a matter of minutes and then back again.  The water takes on the colour of the sky, so varies considerably amongst these shots. At midday all of the gates on the course were removed and it was the turn of the so called "rafts" - actually large inflatable boats - which seemed to be chartered by groups (corporate team building exercises perhaps?) which were rather less photogenic.

Thursday, 11 May 2017

Early Summer Flowers

The early summer flowers are changing the face of our garden every day.  Beyond our garden most of the cherry blossom is now past, but there are plenty of other trees which reward closer inspection.  These photos were taken on the village recreation ground and in our garden except for the Chestnut and the May which were in the gardens of Anglesey Abbey

Saturday, 15 April 2017

White Tailed Bumble Bee

I spotted a white-tailed bumble bee on the earth in a flower bed which seemed to be unable or unwilling to fly.  She started to climb a tulip, but the surface of the leaves was very slippery and she kept falling back so I picked her up on a stick and put it down near some flowers where she began eagerly nectaring.  I fear that she may have had some damage which prevented her flying as I never saw her take off.  To take the photos I was using high speed off camera flash, a technique which is new to me and was recently described by an expert at a Cambridge Camera Club meeting.  I also used it to take some flower pictures which I will post soon.