Camera Club

The beautiful display of spring flowers at Bowburn Park beside Alnwick Castle.'Picture Jane Coltman
The beautiful display of spring flowers at Bowburn Park beside Alnwick Castle.'Picture Jane Coltman

The ‘variety club’

Members’ Night at Alnwick and District Camera Club gave members the opportunity to show pictures illustrating what they did this summer. As usual on such occasions, the response was excellent, with contributions from 11 people covering a wide variety of subjects.

Rosalee Cook-Jury showed a potpourri of pictures, including favourite coastal spots and the fauna and flora of her garden, while Liz Gordon presented an unusual set of images recording a tour of the Barcelona Camp Nou football stadium.

Peter Downs’ pictures included examples of his experiments in manipulating images to produce interesting abstracts, both in colour and monochrome.

Pat Wood presented some nice images taken at Tanfield Railway, and even showed a picture of herself at home tiling her bathroom, not quite a selfie, but nevertheless a record of an excellent DIY effort.

Gordon Charlton had a sad tale to tell of a trip to Cuba, where he was dogged by bad weather and food poisoning, but still managed to produce some excellent images of that fascinating country, and John Thompson didn’t reach his holiday destination in Rome at all due to a fire at the airport so contented himself with a stay in Scarborough, where he produced an impressive set of images taken at the Winter Gardens using a fish-eye lens.

Jim Kirkpatrick visited Wales and showed a nice set of pictures from Conway, Port Merion and Bodnant Gardens. Doug Ross showed pictures taken in York Minster, and also a sequence of fine images of cyclists racing through Bondgate in the Aviva Tour of Britain, taken that afternoon.

Kevin Murray had continued his photographic pursuit of red squirrels, brown hares, roe deer and other wildlife, producing some stunning images, which have already been successful in major competitions.

Continuing the wildlife theme, Mick McMahon talked about dragonflies and damselflies, illustrated by some beautiful close-up pictures taken along the River Aln.

Last, but by no means least, Val Atkinson showed an interesting miscellany of pictures, including images from Alnwick Music Festival and the Glendale Show.