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#1167220 - Thu Jun 01 2017 07:50 PM June 2017 - Photo-a-day
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June has busted out! grin
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#1167306 - Fri Jun 02 2017 02:29 PM Re: June 2017 - Photo-a-day
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Today was my first day as a volunteer with the RSPB, the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, a British wildlife organisation. My first task for the day was to start a butterfly survey at Exminster Marshes in conjunction with another wildlife organisation, Butterfly Conservation.

I've been interested in birds and insects for as long as I can remember; I still carry an 'Observers' book of British Butterflies that I had as a present for my seventh birthday, just a few months off fifty years ago... The younger volunteers were amazed to see such an old and well-loved little book still in use on a day-to-day basis.

Anyway, the weather was far from ideal for surveying. It was overcast and cloudy but very, very warm and humid. My patch covered an area of almost two miles of wooded track and I saw nothing. Not a thing, which was mainly due to the fact that it drizzled almost continually for the entire day.

I took this picture in an architectural salvage yard next door to the RSPB headquarters. The place was teeming with Swallows and House Martins all feverishly working away at their nests... There is truth in the old adage that one Swallow doesn't make a summer!

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#1167329 - Fri Jun 02 2017 09:47 PM Re: June 2017 - Photo-a-day
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A thatched cottage in Northants

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#1167334 - Sat Jun 03 2017 04:01 AM Re: June 2017 - Photo-a-day
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During 1653 and in spite of the Lord Protector of England, Oliver Cromwell, the people of the village of Cockington in Devon, had a new bell cast for their tiny village church.

Cromwell had outlawed the ringing of church bells and had embarked on a campaign of vandalism which resulted in virtually all of England’s ancient and medieval churches and cathedrals having their decoration either totally destroyed or painted over and their beautiful stained glass windows smashed.

In defiance of Cromwell, the bell was installed in the church tower and was rung on Sundays and holy days, the remoteness of the village at the time concealing the fact from those who may have wished to cause mischief. The bell was later removed from the tower and today is installed in the north-western corner of the 11th century church.

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#1167451 - Sun Jun 04 2017 03:53 PM Re: June 2017 - Photo-a-day
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The Short Sunderland flying boat has always been my favourite aircraft of any period but the amphibious US Consolidated PBY 'Catalina' has always been a close runner up. Imagine my delight when it was announced earlier this year that a Catalina would be displaying at this year's Torbay Air Show.

The example shown here is a PBY 5A version and was one of the most widely used US aircraft of the 1930s and the 1940s seeing valuable service with every branch of the United States armed services as well as with RAF Coastal Command. The aircraft, although slow by show standards, was the high point of the entire weekend for me; it was great to see an example of a classic aircraft that I built as a plastic model in the 1960s being flown right in front of my eyes.

Now, if only they could find an airworthy example of the P-61!

** Additional info: After further research I have found that this particular aircraft (number 433915) is a Canadian Vickers built PBV-1A 'Canso A' a version of the PBY-5A Catalina, which was built in 1944 for the Royal Canadian Air Force.**


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#1167476 - Mon Jun 05 2017 12:47 AM Re: June 2017 - Photo-a-day
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This is another aircraft from this year's Torbay air show, the BAC 167 'Strikemaster'. This aircraft, which never saw service with the RAF, was designed as a jet trainer and light attack aircraft and flew for the first time in 1967. The main users of the type were the air forces of Kenya, New Zealand, the Sultanate of Oman (of which this example is one) and Saudi Arabia among others.

The Strikemaster was the last in a line of trainers developed by the British aircraft industry which began back in the early 1950s with the piston engine Percival Provost which evolved into the successful Jet Provost of the late 1950s and 1960s and which culminated with the Strikemaster of which this particular example was finally retired in 1996.


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#1167532 - Mon Jun 05 2017 07:31 PM Re: June 2017 - Photo-a-day
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The sea front at Cromer

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#1167595 - Tue Jun 06 2017 03:10 PM Re: June 2017 - Photo-a-day
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For any of you interested in steam locomotives, here is an image of a British Railways Standard Class 4, 4-6-0 which is one of a total of 80 built during the 1950s and one of just 6 surviving examples.

This locomotive, number 75014 and named ‘Braveheart’, was built in 1951 at British Railways’ Swindon works and was withdrawn from service in December 1966. The locomotive is now operated by the Dartmouth Steam Railway, a heritage line operating between the towns of Paignton and Dartmouth in south Devon. It is liveried in British Railways black and carries an early BR emblem. As with all passenger rolling stock that operated on the old Great Western Railway network, the examples here are painted in the classic chocolate and cream GWR paint scheme.

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#1167619 - Wed Jun 07 2017 01:35 AM Re: June 2017 - Photo-a-day
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I think this may be self-explantory.... but if you do not recognise it, it is the moon I saw when walking home tonight. grin


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#1167621 - Wed Jun 07 2017 04:41 AM Re: June 2017 - Photo-a-day
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This is a view eastwards from the battlements of Mont St, Michel in Normandy, France.

The house slightly to the right of centre is the 'Maison de Du Guesclin' which was the home to Bertrand du Guesclin, the 'Black Dog of Broceliande' and his wife, the supposed sorceress, Tiphanie de Raguenel. Du Guesclin was a French military commander during the Hundred Years War with England, defender of the abbey and a military hero who went on to become the Constable of France in 1370.

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#1167698 - Wed Jun 07 2017 09:39 PM Re: June 2017 - Photo-a-day
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Impressed with the moon Howie, that looks like something taken through a telescope.

The Cliftonville Hotel, Cromer



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#1167703 - Wed Jun 07 2017 10:15 PM Re: June 2017 - Photo-a-day
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Very impressive facade. Around 1935 in Las Vegas, things were somewhat plainer. This was moved from a motor court somewhere in the city.
(The car is from the late 1940s.)

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#1167704 - Wed Jun 07 2017 10:21 PM Re: June 2017 - Photo-a-day
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Just a camera, David, not a telescope in sight.

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#1167762 - Thu Jun 08 2017 10:08 PM Re: June 2017 - Photo-a-day
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I've tried taking the moon with an SLR and about a 200mm lens, and as well as nothing like the definition and size it was also mainly white from the reflected light. That must be some camera.

Guess who!

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#1167780 - Fri Jun 09 2017 05:15 AM Re: June 2017 - Photo-a-day
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Another little steam engine for today...

This is I W & D Number 34 (1764), otherwise known as 'Portbury' which is celebrating its centenary in 2017 at Bristol dockside. This engine was built in 1917 by the Avonside Engine Company works located in Fishponds just outside the city at that time. One of nine 0-6-0 B4 class engines built for what was then the War Office, 'Portbury' was employed in the movement of fuel, war materiel and construction equipment under the control of the Inland Waterways and Dockyards Board (hence the I W & D in its designation) between Portishead docks and the city of Bristol.

This little engine, regularly asked to draw loads of almost twice what her specification demanded, was so strong and well built that it was said that she was capable of "pulling a town down" is now part of the historic collection located at Bristol docks. If you're ever there take the short ride along the dockside on 'Portbury'; it's great fun!

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#1167831 - Fri Jun 09 2017 10:42 PM Re: June 2017 - Photo-a-day
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As I created the Flickr group for our local North Circular Road I always take photos there as I use it a few times a week. This is the far end in Gunnersbury.

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#1167840 - Sat Jun 10 2017 11:06 AM Re: June 2017 - Photo-a-day
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A selection of images of the abbey at Mont St. Michel, Normandy, France.

Top left is a view of the fortified entrance to the abbey complex itself. The two circular towers mark the location of a defensive position known as a 'murder hole'. This is a steep, narrow and claustrophobic tunnel designed to funnel an enemy into an area in which they would find it difficult to use their weapons. The building attached to the left of the towers with the deep windows is the accommodation barracks used to house the abbey's defensive force. The tall, three floored building to the right contains the dormitories and the refectory used by the abbey's monks.

Top right shows the dormitories and refectory viewed from the abbey's western gardens. The three arched windows at the top of the building are at the western end of a beautiful cloistered garden.

The image at the bottom right shows the elevator track used to move provisions and other materiel from anchored vessels up into the abbey stores.

The image at bottom left is known as the 'Salles des Chevaliers'. This is an enormous room that was used by knights and their retinue whilst they were visiting or defending the abbey from the English armies. It must have looked awe inspiring when it was full of knights, their attendants and heraldic devices.


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#1167867 - Sat Jun 10 2017 09:22 PM Re: June 2017 - Photo-a-day
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When I last visited my daughter and her husband, they took me to a winery that is owned by a friend of theirs - lovely winery, great atmosphere, delicious wines and adorable caretaker dog.
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#1167868 - Sat Jun 10 2017 10:05 PM Re: June 2017 - Photo-a-day
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The sea front at Cromer.

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#1167930 - Mon Jun 12 2017 01:32 AM Re: June 2017 - Photo-a-day
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Light 'em up!

Royal Air Force Typhoon FGR4

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#1168003 - Mon Jun 12 2017 10:14 PM Re: June 2017 - Photo-a-day
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The bridleway in Richmond Park

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#1168031 - Tue Jun 13 2017 12:48 PM Re: June 2017 - Photo-a-day
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Comparatively speaking, one of the more popular residents at Dartmoor Zoo... The Meerkat, Suricata suricatta (Not Alexander, Sergei or Oleg).

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#1168078 - Wed Jun 14 2017 07:50 AM Re: June 2017 - Photo-a-day
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Good morning, all! 4 C here in Whitehorse, back to the chilly weather!
A photo from my online album.

Emerald Lake, on the way to Carcross, Yukon, 2005




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#1168097 - Wed Jun 14 2017 01:27 PM Re: June 2017 - Photo-a-day
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Arguably the best military aerobatic display team in the world, the RAF Red Arrows first entertained a crowd consisting of members of the press at Little Rissington Aerodrome, Gloucestershire on the 6th of May 1965. Between the teams founding in 1964 and 1979 the Red Arrows used Folland 'Gnat' aircraft eventually switching in late 1979 to the BAe Systems 'Hawk' T1A trainers that we see here.

In this image the team are demonstrating a manoeuvre known as 'Concorde' in which the aircraft take up a formation reminiscent of the shape of the world's first supersonic jet airliner.

I have seen the Red Arrows perform at least once every year since 1966 and I never tire of them; they still have the power and appeal to top the bill at every show they attend and draw huge audiences to boot.

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#1168153 - Thu Jun 15 2017 06:34 AM Re: June 2017 - Photo-a-day
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Gasp! What a photo!!
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