Oughtonhead

It was the Saturday between Christmas and New Year, which meant it was time for Hitchin Camera Club’s midwinter photo walk.  We met at 10.00 and went for a walk through the Oughtonhead nature reserve before retiring to the pub for a pint!

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The Weir

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Dan, also photographing the weir!

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The invasion of the photographers!

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Silhouettes and sky

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We weren’t the only visitors.

There was a herd of long-horned cows just off the beaten track

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Seed pods, pretending to be moths?

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Reflections

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The trees were watching…

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Ivy

Brightly coloured fungus on a tree stump

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A tiny fungus inside a tree stump

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Roots

More fungus – top and bottom views

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The “head” of the river and the end of the walk – time to go to the pub!

Christmas!

Just a few “Christmas” photographs taken during December…

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Singers in Hitchin

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The Tree in Milton Keynes shopping centre

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The Snow Lion went for a walk around Hitchin

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Just a shop window display in Milton Keynes

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And the band played on…

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Carousel in the Middleton Hall in Milton Keynes

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The Tall Guy

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Another display in Milton Keynes

Nightwish at Wembley

It was almost three years since Finnish rock legends “Nightwish” had last played at Wembley Arena.  On that occasion, the entire show was filmed for the “Vehicle of Spirit” DVD.  We were there that night and again this time ‘we were here’.

The support act was another Finnish band – “Beast in Black”.  I hadn’t heard them before but quite enjoyed their set – they sounded a bit like Judas Priest in places.

After a 30 minute break, it was time for Nightwish.  Troy Donockley opened the show with an instrumental version of “Swanheart” before the full band took to the stage with “Dark Chest of Wonders” and “I Wish I Had An Angel”.

The tour was in support of “Decades” – a compilation album chronicling the band’s 20 year history, so the set included some songs from the early days that hadn’t been played for a long time, along with more recent material.

Full Set List:

Swanheart
Dark Chest of Wonders
I Wish I Had An Angel
10th Man Down
Come Cover Me
Gethsemane
Elan
Sacrament of Wilderness
Dead Boys Poem
Elvenjig / Elvenpath
I Want My Tears Back
Last Ride of the Day
The Carpenter
The Kinslayer
Devil & The Deep Dark Ocean
Nemo
Slaying the Dreamer
The Greatest Show on Earth
Ghost Love Score

 

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“We Were Here!”

 

 

Trebarwith Strand

Still on holiday in Cornwall, we visited Trebarwith Strand on the north coast, just south of Tintagel.  The beach stretches for around half a mile and has numerous rock pools and caves.  The sea does come in quite quickly though and it’s easy to get cut off by the tide – we witnessed one person having to be rescued!

 

 

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Can you see the face?

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This coffee was a work of art – I had to take a photograph before drinking it!

Botallack

Still in Cornwall… the previous day’s rain gave way to sunshine and we made the two hour drive from Liskeard, where we were staying, to the tin mines at Botallack.

Tin was mined here from the 1500s until 1895 when the mines closed.  There were tunnels extending up to half a mile under the sea.  The mines are now protected by the National Trust.

Botallack has been used as a filming location for both the 1970s and the current series of Poldark.  We were told by the Lady in the National Trust tearoom that they were expecting the cast and crew to return there in a few weeks.

The Eden Project

Doing a bit of catching up here… we had one day of rain on our holiday in Cornwall in September so we visited the Eden Project near St. Austell as most of the things to see there are inside the large Bio-Domes.

The Mediterranean Biome:

In Between the Biomes:

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The Tropical Biome:

 

No idea what was going on here!

Infinity Blue:

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Seed, by Peter Randall-Page.  (This is around 4 metres tall):

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Around the Bend:

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Poldark

Whilst on holiday in Cornwall, we decided to visit Charlestown, a small port near St. Austell.  On arrival there seemed to be many more cars there than we remembered from previous visits – the car park was full and we needed to park about half a mile up the road and walk back in to the village.
On reaching the quay there was a very disappointing notice – the harbour & beach were closed to the public for the next three days.  It seemed we’d picked the wrong day to visit!
Then we noticed the crowds, the barriers and a number of vans from companies that provided “services to the movie industry”.  It seemed we’d unwittingly stumbled into the filming of the next season of Poldark!

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The harbour at Charlestown.

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Almost as soon as we realised what was going on, we got a glimpse of Eleanor Tomlinson.
Eleanor clearly wasn’t involved in the day’s filming but was happy to greet the crowd and pose for a few selfies.

We decided to go up to the other side of the harbour and get the long lenses out!

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This is where the action was taking place – a small market scene next to the walkway between the quays.

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The crowd gathered on the other side of the harbour.

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A mix of actors in costume and crew members.

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We seemed to have got there during the lunch break!

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A second actor we recognised – Richard Hope who plays Harris Pascoe, the banker.

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After lunch, attention turned to the market stalls.

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The Director

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Aidan Turner made his entrance.

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Walking over the bridge

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Walking back over the bridge.

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“I want you to go over to the other side of the bridge, then walk back over here.”

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The best shot of the day!

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Sharing a joke – not as sharp as I’d have liked but I had to include this one!