Summer Activities

Southern Photographic Society members on board 'Gemini' for a coastal cruise
Southern Photographic Society members on board ‘Gemini’ for a coastal cruise

We have been making up for the delayed start to summer activities with another photo walk and a coastal cruise in the last week.

Last Wednesday a group of members met for an informal photo walk in Port Erin, exploring the beach and harbour to hunt down as many different subjects as possible beginning with ‘P’.

SPS photographers reflected in a puddle
SPS photographers reflected in a puddle – by Andrea Thrussell

We found everything from pots to plimsoles to puddles and pizza, with a Peter thrown in for good measure, too. The mist added a different dimension to the scenery, and after a quick drink in The Bay we dashed outside to enjoy an eye-catching but short-lived sunset.

The fog cleared just in time for a spectacular Port Erin sunset
A spectacular Port Erin sunset – by Andrea Thrussell

Then on Sunday the weather was perfect for our much-anticipated coastal cruise along the southern coastline and around the Calf of Man on board ‘Gemini’. The scenery was never short of dramatic and our skipper Bob paused regularly to allow us to photograph various landmarks and the wildlife.

Gemini skipper Bob with SPS members – by Andrea Thrussell

Among the many different types of birds we were fortunate to see a Peregrine and a Great Skua, while a group of Porpoises checked us out from a safe distance and seals came for a much closer look.

Great Skua by Georgina Shaw
Great Skua- by Georgina Shaw
A curious seal by Jim Gibson
A curious seal – by Jim Gibson
Lichen on a rock face by Jim Gibson
Lichen on a rock face – by Jim Gibson
Porpoises near the Calf of Man by Andrea Thrussell
Porpoises near the Calf of Man – by Andrea Thrussell
Porpoises near the Calf of Man by Andrea Thrussell
Porpoises near the Calf of Man – by Andrea Thrussell
The Drinking Dragon by Georgina Shaw
The Drinking Dragon – by Georgina Shaw
Shags at Chicken Rock by Jim Gibson
Shags at Chicken Rock – by Jim Gibson
Daredevil sheep by Jim Gibson
Daredevil sheep – by Jim Gibson