Outdoor Photography August 2011
I am delighted to have recently had two of my photographs published in a national magazine for the first time. The double page spread appears in the Reader Gallery section of the August 2011 edition of Outdoor Photography (on sale 7th July), and features two macro shots. The first is of a Common Blue Butterfly taken at Windmill Farm with a Canon 350D in 2008, and the second a female Violet Dropwing taken on the Rio Grande in Andalucia in 2010 with a Canon 400D. The Violet Dropwing fills the page and the reproduction in the magazine is fantastic so I was naturally thrilled!
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Sunday 17th July 2011
Start time 10:30am
Meet at Trehudreth Cottage Smallholding SX108727, Waterloo, Blisland.
From Blisland leave the north eastern corner of the village green and immediately turn right on the single track road sign posted to Cassacawn, Metherin & Waterloo. After 500 metres turn right at Cassacawn dropping down the hill sign posted School. After you reach the bottom of the hill take the next left. Trehudreth Cottage Smallholding is on the left just after the first right hand bend on this road.
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Saturday 16th July Susan Enan’s Bring On The Song house concert
Townshend Village Hall, Bunker's Hill, Townshend
Doors open at 7.30pm for 8.00pm start
Tickets £10 from Steve Jones or Sarah Chapman or on the door.
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The Vagrant Emperor – Anax ephippiger (formerly Hemianax ephippiger) is a resident of the arid zones of the African continent, the Middle East & southwestern Asia where it’s larvae develop rapidly in temporary pools in a climate very different to our own here in the UK. However this remarkable insect is a prolific migrant and not only has it turned up in Britain in the depths of winter in the past but incredibly it has also reached Iceland where it remains the only dragonfly ever recorded.
In October 2010 after an absence of over 12 years the Vagrant Emperor returned to Cornwall, followed by a further sighting in February 2011, early tasters of a memorable 6 months in the history of this highly restless species in the Duchy. Much more was to follow!
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Outdoor photographer of the year 2010
Back in November I was delighted to be shortlisted as a possible category winner by Outdoor Photography in the Small World (macro) section of their first annual Outdoor Photographer of the Year awards. This was the first time I had entered a major competition and given that it attracted over 3000 images from 119 countries I was amazed that I made it to the final shortlist with this image of a male Red-veined Darter - Sympetrum fonscolombei adopting the obelisk position. Hopefully I can go one step further in the future!
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The Water Stick Insect - Ranatra linearis in Cornwall
Many of us are aware of Stick Insects with their inherent ability of merging twig like into their surroundings, indeed a number of species are now naturalized in Cornwall. However few people are aware of our aquatic resident the Water Stick Insect - Ranatra linearis, a spectacular, if elusive opportunist lurking in our freshwater pools, ready to pounce on their unsuspecting prey.
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