Tuesday, 28 June 2011

Watchet Landscape

You might be forgiven for laughing at the name but it's actually pretty apt. When you walk along the coastline along Watchet you really do need to watch it. Don't go too close to the edge of the cliff, you might find the ground underneath your feet falling away. The little inclines are also places where you can easily slip on the gravel.

I went to Watchet with a housemate and her mother and we had a lovely afternoon just walking along the cliffs. I abandoned my zoom lens and used the kit lens (18mm-55mm). The sun was shining and the light was perfect. In the distance Wales was only recognisable by the dark clouds in the distance.

These are just some of the photos from the day.

Couldn't resist a photo of this ladybird!

For more photos visit my Facebook Album

Sunday, 26 June 2011

A Look at Longleat

This post is long overdue since the trip to Longleat was the first big outing I did with my Canon camera.

Longleat is an estate owned by Lord Bath. It contains a huge house and a Safari Park and lots and lots of land! The Safari Park is the main attraction as it contains lions, tigers, giraffe and a whole lot of other really amazing animals from Africa and other parts of the world.

Unfortunately it was a bit of a hazy day and most of the time the windows of the car have to be closed so the photos I took were not the best quality and took a bit of editing.

The first bit of the safari is the East Africa Reserve. One of the few places we were allowed out of the car. Giraffe and zebra keep the crowds entertained for hours. I could have snapped so many more photos of these guys. They're not as big as the giraffe I've seen in South Africa, though, and the zebra are also a little smaller than the ones you can see in South Africa.

There are also a few wallabies enjoying the cool english weather!

And making me feel a little homesick were the guinea fowl!

An animal that always reminds me of the Drakensberg Mountains is the Eland.

The monkeys are probably one of the top attractions at Longleat although their antics can be a bit destructive

A striking antelope, the Scimitar Oryx:

They were watching a baby bactrian camel as it bounded around the place on its clumsy legs!

One of the Big Five in South Africa, the Square-lipped or White Rhino:

The big cat enclosures came next.

These lions were in quarantine so I could only take photos through the fence.

And just incase you were wondering where the British Wildlife was...

The boat trip on the lake was great. Although hanging over the railings taking photos of sea lions without a strap on the expensive camera was probably not the cleverest idea in the world. Thankfully I did not drop the camera and I got some great shots of the sea lions.

A lovely view of Longleat House from the lake.

The rain at the end of the day was almost worthy of a Natal rain storm.

For more photos click here for the Facebook album.

Thursday, 23 June 2011

Patience is a virtue, apparently...

I need to apologise to any followers out there. The reason I have not updated this blog over the last month is because my laptop has been out of action. I've finally got it back with Windows 7 instead of the Vista I had previously so hopefully it will survive another year...

To come over the next few weeks:

  • A look at Longleat
  • Landscape photography from Watchett
  • Fun at Chelmondiston
  • Stop Motion work

for now we'll all just have to have some patience...