Took a trip over to Southport for their annual air show, it was very impressive, I saw a big variety of military and stunt planes as well as helicopters and an army motocross display team. Getting there at 9 really helped avoid the crowds and made sure I got right to the barrier for a vantage point to get the best photographs. I took over a hundred and the weather was very sunny and perfect flying conditions. The morning was mainly model planes but afternoon brought on the stunt planes, bombers etc. I did end up standing for 7 hours straight without food or drink which wasn’t nice but I got the photos and that’s the main thing! The photograph above is not a model, these are two 1940s Boeing Stearman biplanes with two girls strapped to the top of the wing. They perform an adrenalin pumping series of loops, rolls, and stall turns at speeds of up to 155mph. Impressive.
This afternoon I went down to near by Dunham Massey. Dunham is a lovely little village, pretty little church, post office and a half a dozen houses. The main reason for me visiting was the go into Dunham Park. I visited here many times as a child but since getting my first digital camera I never have had the time to go back for photographs. It has been a nice day and there were hundreds of people in the park, lots of wild Fallow Deer roaming the 250 acre estate. Here is one of the Deer. I like to think he was smiling!
On the journey back from the Zoo we stopped at a local ice cream farm shop. In one of the fields they have a new sculpture each year made from bales of hay that they would normally feed to the cattle. It was taken whilst I was hanging out of the car window. Snugbury’s Farm sells really nice ice cream, its a little like an English Ben n Jerrys. I think their version of the London Eye made from hay is really cool.
I took the photo on a walk around the castle in the evening. Spent most of the day exploring the major shopping areas of the city but the evening was spent wandering around with the digital camera. As soon as I saw this merry-go-round or carousel in the grounds below Edinburgh Castle I knew it had to be photographed. This image was capture at 8:10 in this evening. I am really loving these long summer evenings.