Sun salutations for summer solstice.

Another event to add to the events calendar which I do hope will be annual. People gathered for the summer solstice to perform 108 sun salutations on the new pier at Hastings and what a beautiful spectacle it was.

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Bexhill to Hastings Link Road Update

I posted photos of this development a couple of years ago when, between Crowhurst, Bexhill and Hastings, there was a mud bath with random bridges crossing the countryside. The town was up in arms because of the destruction to the marsh land. Well, with more and more cars, we do need more roads. This link road that keeps traffic off of the seafront gets me to work in a third of the time (selfish, I know) and the council are doing a great job at opening up the surrounding countryside with bridle, bike and foot paths. I like it.

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From the bridge over the road.
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Lots and lots of planting.
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Seemingly generated some extra money for the local farms.

 

366 Week 24

Can’t believe I’m keeping this going – much more consistent than my normal self.

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Roxy, my nephew’s funny dog.
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Yes, it is what it says on the label. The Crazy Golf World Championships – only in Hastings could they hold this.
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Local park after the rain.
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Long exposure at the beach.
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The continual quest to get a good shot of under the pier.
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New footpaths around new link road.
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Bottoms Up!!!

 

Nearly missed it

Week 22 of 366 challenge

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Lots of words but no information for EU referendum.
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Yes… my dinner.
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Watching Grayson Perry ‘All Man’ and feeling empathetic for the ‘kings of nowhere’.
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It was the orange that drew me – she told me she was down from London for the day.
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Cuckmere Valley at dusk.
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Folkestone creative quarter
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Her name was peach.

 

Aspinall’s Howletts

Keeping wild animals captive will always be a contentious issue but… we’re not keeping them very well in the wild so luckily, some institutions are making great efforts to ensure endangered species continue to reproduce in relatively comfortable and engaging environments. Aspinall’s Foundation have two sites in the south of England where it would seem every effort is made for the animals to be held in large enclosures with nature all around them. I have always gone to Port Lympne which closer to where we live but this time, I thought I’d take a drive out to Canterbury to visit Howlett’s. Both are great parks but both are good for different reasons. Although the gorillas were very dozy on the day I went, albeit shaded from the sunny weather, I thought there was much better viewing of elephants at Howlett’s.

And, both parks do special photography packages that I may have to seriously consider one of these days.

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Elephant must have been posing.
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Beautiful animal
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Moloch gibbon
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These lion-tailed macaques were fascinated by something.
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Gorilla feeding
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Some very useful toes.
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Asian wild dogs (dholes) scrapping over meat.
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Through glass, I love the reflections on this mother and baby of the countryside behind me.
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Java Langur looking very punky.
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That just looks like mischief.
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Clouded leopard rousing himself after his siesta.
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Red river hogs straight out of a Disney film
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A pair of lions.
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A family of Gelada Baboons – making daisy chains?
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A mother’s love – the one photo you really wish had been in focus.
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Black and white Colobus.

Week 23 of 366

Posted daily on Facebook and collated here at the end of the week.

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Dreamt of running away to where the sun might shine.
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Go fast envy.
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Far too many daisies for just one pony.
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I tried them and they didn’t work.
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High tide line still life.
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Evening beach fishing.
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Aspinall’s wildlife park.

 

What Katie did next

Well, the brave young girl, not being scared off after her first modelling session a couple of weeks ago, volunteered to come back for a second freezing. It may look a beautiful sunny evening but damn, that wind was cold – poor girl.

Her second time modelling, my second time shooting this kind of thing. Maybe when I’ve done a few more, I may be able to be more selective – I have whittled these 30 down from over 200.

A BIG thank you to Conrad Lee once again for organising everything and inviting others along.

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