Birthday weekend in Wales

It was my Birthday on the 18th of July, so on the weekend we decided to have a few days in Wales and see some more of the beautiful Welsh scenery.
We visited Bala, Porthmadog, Ffestiniog (on the train and by car), Criccieth, Ruthin and various other places in-between.
On the way to Porthmadog, our first stay we called in to some fisheries we have visited before, and had lunch, we met a lovely older couple called Barry & Sue and ended up chatting for ages to them  – It’s always nice to meet new people and learn about them (there was no space for them to sit when they arrived so we invited them to our table, a nice habit we have, and it has made us some great friends here and in Asia, you should try it 🙂 )

Here are a few photos and then a 9 minute video of the journey, from the train, the car, the drone and the DSLR.

Wales for my Birthday – Porthmadog Criccieth Caernarfon (Note8)

Wales for my Birthday – Porthmadog Criccieth Caernarfon (Note8) 20180722_101219-EFFECTS Taken on 2018/07/22 10:12:19

Wales for my Birthday – Porhmadog Criccieth Caernarfon (Mavic Pr

Wales for my Birthday – Porhmadog Criccieth Caernarfon (Mavic Pro) DJI_0005 Taken on 2018/07/21 09:20:07

Wales for my Birthday – Porhmadog Criccieth Caernarfon (20th Jul

Wales for my Birthday – Porhmadog Criccieth Caernarfon (20th July 2018) 0117 Taken on 2018/07/21 20:01:46

Wales for my Birthday – Porhmadog Criccieth Caernarfon (20th Jul

Wales for my Birthday – Porhmadog Criccieth Caernarfon (20th July 2018) 0190 Taken on 2018/07/22 10:32:00

Wales for my Birthday – Porhmadog Criccieth Caernarfon (20th Jul

Wales for my Birthday – Porhmadog Criccieth Caernarfon (20th July 2018) 0241 Taken on 2018/07/22 11:24:51

Wales for my Birthday – Porhmadog Criccieth Caernarfon (20th Jul

Wales for my Birthday – Porhmadog Criccieth Caernarfon (20th July 2018) 0015 Taken on 2018/07/20 16:38:30

Wales for my Birthday – Porhmadog Criccieth Caernarfon (20th Jul

Wales for my Birthday – Porhmadog Criccieth Caernarfon (20th July 2018) 0168 Taken on 2018/07/22 10:21:59

Wales for my Birthday – Porthmadog Criccieth Caernarfon (Note8)

Wales for my Birthday – Porthmadog Criccieth Caernarfon (Note8) IMG_0066-PANO Taken on 2018/07/22 15:46:03

Wales for my Birthday – Porthmadog Criccieth Caernarfon (Note8)

Wales for my Birthday – Porthmadog Criccieth Caernarfon (Note8) IMG_0060-EFFECTS Taken on 2018/07/22 12:48:22


I hope you enjoy the photos and video and look forward to your comments.

Fires on Stalybridge Moors

As many of you know, there are fires on the moors over Stalybridge, all around Carrbrook. I tried to get some photos today but the Police were there stopping people, which is really a good thing as it keeps us safe. I didn’t manage to fly the drone either as there are helicopters all around dropping water, so I obviously wanted to ensure that my drone was not in anyone’s way, so it was grounded. I may try again tomorrow from a different location.
For now here are some photos of the area and some photos of the surrounding areas.
If you do go to try and see the fire, please keep the roads safe and park out of the way so any emergency vehicles can get through. Stay Safe!

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Dragonfly in the garden today

I was at work until this afternoon and decided to do a little gardening while the sun was shining. Imagine my surprise when I spotted  a Dragonfly sat atop my now headless tulips. After a few minutes he was still there so the camera was grabbed, at this point it had my most used Sigma 18-70mm Art Lens installed, a few shots later, he’s still there, so then I ran in and grabbed my Canon 300mm Lens with IS, I cracked off some more shots and then decided to get the Manfrotto tripod and the 100mm Sigma Macro lens, these shots are of course the best. I managed to get very close to him, he flew off a few times but came back, I even got that on video but the lens was on auto-focus so messed up a bit. I have been back out to get some better video but he’s nowhere to be seen, I just hope he returns tomorrow 🙂

Canon EOS 7D MKII
Canon 70-300mm IS
Sigma 18-70mm Art
Sigma 100mm Macro
Manfrotto Carbon Fibre Tripod
360° Dome Cam (security light)
Patience…