Monday, March 30, 2015

Snow days

                           and slushy walks

One from the archives, when the town closed due to an influx of the white stuff. It's been 5 years since this scene and snowmen popped up on every street corner. I'd actually like another snow day. While everyone else takes the day off, to have a snowball fight, I'd be busy working capturing the snow covered landscape. Another part of the town, over the bridge taken from North Shore Road, looking Shipyards Road, leading down to the harbour. 

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Sunday, March 29, 2015

Balck and white, harbour sunset

                        View from the pub

The colours were amazing stunning spectacular and all those adjectives some people use to describe their photos, when it should be for the viewer to decide. Stripped of colour, Ramsey Harbour, view from outside the oneof the many pubs of the town. Not a bad pint, and not a bad view either, even if it lack colour for some.

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Friday, March 27, 2015

Sulby River, Poyll Dooey

                                    Still waters

A walk along the river with a camera, down by the river, alongside the Poyll Dooey Nature Reserve. The plan to seek out and capture on camera the elusive cormorant. I didn't find the bird, but I did find this tranquil scene. I'll take that. 

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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Good Morning Sunshine

               Sunrise. It rained two hrs later

My office view this morning. You have to feel sorry for me don't you. I wasn't the only early bird, a few dog walkers, photographers and someone out with a metal detector. I hope they were lucky. I was content with the morning shoot.

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015



For those of you who don't know, I blog from a small island called the Isle of Man, from the even smaller town of Ramsey. I thought it would be ideal to introduce a Manx word with each image on the abc round each week. Although most people speak English, the Manx language has been introduced and spoken again on the island after almost dying out. As a comeover, someone who came here from across, UK, this is as much of an education for myslef as it is for the reader. So word for today is Kayagh, meaning misty as it was the morning of this photo. One of the first I captured when I moved here, on a film camera. The jetty and lighthouse, looking the same today as it did 12 years ago. Only the camera has changed, but I intend to find that film camera and take it up again.

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For those of you wanting to learn more Manx click here

Monday, March 23, 2015

Reservoir Reflections

                              Peace and quiet

A recent discovery on my doorstep, Ballure Reservoir. This tranquil spot isn't just a reservoir, it's home to a variety of wildlife, of which I shall hopefully be discovering and photographing as Spring gets underway. I've already taken a batch of images of the reservoir itself and will be back up there ramble round further along the nature trails. A lovey find a minutes from my home and off the beaten track. It's my new second office, the beach still being my first. The beauty of self employed photography, I can go there anytime and not wait for the weekend. More to follow on this area. 

Ramsey, Isle of Man 

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Saturday, March 21, 2015

Ballure reservoir

                                  And relax

I can't believe I've only just discovered this place after living on the Isle of Man for 12 years now, especially as it's a 15 min walk from my home. It's now become my other office, as I'll be doing a lot of photography here. Off the beaten track and an uphill climb but the views alone are worth it. More to come on the reservoir, the wildlife attracted around the area, the local fishermen, and whatever I happen upon up there, like the nature trails. To discover such a treasure trove in a such a small town is a boon. 

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Image part of Weekend Reflections, something I happened upon via Hyde Daily Photo Volume 2. Thanks Gerald, you've inspired my photography mojo for new finds.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Silhouettes and sunsets


Looking onto the town from the beach at a sunset, from my office. Not my office window, my office. The beach, from dawn to dusk is my place of work, photography. Standing ankle deep in a freezing cold the Irish Sea, waiting for the setting or rising sun may not be a conventional  way to make a living but it's one enjoy. Hope you enjoy the view too.

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Ramsey a small town on the Isle of Man

Image part of skywatch, camera, Nikon D7000

Monday, March 16, 2015

Having a splashing time

                        Turned out nice again

The walk to the shops, negotiating a little bit of tidal flooding and weather bombs along the promenade. The perils of small town, small island life.  This is living dangerously. Last week was avoiding sunburn from a scorching sunrise. It's all go, haha but we like it that way. Sunnier Isle of Man views can be found, Jane Hards Photography

Note to self, buy waterproof camera cover. 

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Monday, March 09, 2015

Geology beach walk

                                  On the rocks

Another day, another beach walk. Further along than my usual walk, towards the rocky area and small cave, before the incoming tide covers the sandy beach and lashes those rocks. My other half was formerly a palaeontologist and studied geology and environmental science. This means a walk near any rock formation  along the beach, is a stop start to collect fossils and washed up debris and have a lesson in what kind of rock formation and folds etc the rocky area of Ramsey comprises of, igneous, volcanic, words of the day, and echinoid fossils collected. Always amazing what gets washed up these beaches, sometimes not a a fossil find, but a much younger bicycle tyre.  Further reading on not just Ramsey, but the Isle of Man, see Manx Geological Survey

Further beach finds and views see walk on the beach album at Jane Hards Photography

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Thursday, March 05, 2015

Poyll Dooey Sunset

                              Chasing the light

One of my favourtie places in Ramsey, Isle of Man, the Poyll Dooey Nature reserve. Summer evenings, chasing the last golden embers or pink flushes of the setting sun. Winter evenings, still chasing the sun, but with the added bonus of leaf less trees, making striking silhouettes.  A haven of peace out side of the town, yet only a minute or two walk form the main high street. Great place for dog walkers, nature lovers, and of course photographers.

Nikon D7000

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Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Harbour silhouette

                                   Evening walk

After the workers, fisherman  mainly, have gone home or to the pub, the stillness of the evening along the harbour. The boats are moored, and the sun sets on another day. 

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Monday, March 02, 2015

Sunset blues

                                   My office

The sun rises over the sea, so Ramsey is better for seascape sunrises as it lies on the east coast. On the other hand, if you don't mind getting your feet wet, the inland sunsets can be just as colourful fading over the town. I don't mind getting feet wet, though I do mind having to buy new footwear at an alarming rate. Saltwater, not good for shoes. View captured on my trusty Nikon D7000, in the place I call my office as I do most of my seascape work photography from.  I can think of worse views. 

For more of the Isle of Man views (little island in the middle of the Irish Sea I call home) go to Jane Hards Photography

Image part of Our World Tuesday

Sunday, March 01, 2015

Theme Day - Ageing

                           Strolling not Sprinting 

Another theme day post that has many interpretations. I toyed with many ideas from dying leaves to abandoned buildings, and settled for this capture, an older ageing resident of Ramsey walking her dog. It's an ageing image in many senses too. Not just the lady herself, her faithful four legged companion, but also a photograph that is ageing in itself taken roughly 6 years ago. An older favourite. The ageing generation of my hometown are amongst the keenest and most active dog walkers. It's good to see, age has not marginalized them in this pass time, like so many other areas of life we all one day will reach. Ageing is still living, just pace is slower, gentler, not the flush of a youthful sprint. 

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Image part of the CDP, where the community bloggers of our varied places, interpret the chosen theme first day of each month which can be seen here.


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