Still playing catch-up here is my review of September, which was another hectic month of work, committees, travel and (some) photography. Despite this, I’ve managed to compile a whopping 76 shots for you this month – thanks mainly to our family holiday to Mallorca (that was actually in August but I didn’t get the pictures done until September), a business trip to Bahrain, and a weekend away in Alkham (near Dover) which all yielded some nice shots of people, places and things.
But the gallery this month is tinged with some sadness as my Nan (Joyce) passed away early in the month and her funeral was held on the 30th. So the opening shot is a portrait of her that I took last summer which also formed part of the order of service. The final shot in the gallery is that order of service along with a beautiful image of her as a young woman – I’ve asked my uncle if he can scan me over a copy so that I can include it here in my gallery. God bless Nannie.
OK . . . let’s get back to the pictures. A definite candidate for my shot of the year was one I took of a Hoverfly. These are not wasps, but an example of Batesian mimicry where one species evolves to mimic another for protection. Here, the Hoverfly has developed to look like a wasp to avoid being eaten – wasps don’t taste very nice apparently – isn't nature wonderful.
From here we move into the holiday photos including some lovely shots of Vicky and Deena, a couple from the Palma aquarium and some more abstract images too. You’ll notice the rain which was a constant feature of the week (sadly) but it was still nice to have a break.
Arriving home on the Saturday, I was back in the air on Monday and heading to Bahrain for business meetings – managing a couple of cheeky shots out of the window on take off!
We were put up in the fabulous Sofitel resort and spa which was very sumptuous – and a welcome change from most of the business hotels I normally get put up in. You can see some examples of the level of luxury with the flower petals on the towels, the ornateness of the gents toilets and the view from my balcony.
Returning home, it was back to work but also the first meeting of the new Surrey Heath UKIP committee. We’d decided to have photos taken for the web site which gave me a chance to get some lights out. So, armed with light stands, radio triggers and flash guns we set up a little shoot in a local meeting room. I was quite pleased with the way the portraits turned out.
Finally, the weekend before Nannie’s funeral, Deena and I spent a couple of nights at the fabulous The Marquis hotel in Alkham – mid way between Dover and Folkestone. Lovely room, fab gastro-food and good weather made for a really good break and we enjoyed the walk from The White Cliffs Experience along to Dover Lighthouse, even if it did seem further than 2 miles.
So another month done. October should be easier on work but busy at weekends building some new furniture. However I also took part in the Scott Kelby Worldwide Photowalk last weekend and got a few nice pictures to share with you. I’m also falling behind with my Flickr challenges so I need to dedicate a weekend to catching up on these too before it’s too late.
OK . . . back to it again . . .