This weeks speaker was Graham Bramham MPAGB MPSA. Once again we had a good sized audience who all enjoyed his presentation. We were treated to a rare insight into Salon entries and their workings. Graham has had over 2000 entries accepted into salons spanning the globe and we were privileged to be shown a selection of his work. He gave a running commentary of how the salons work and their criteria for acceptances. Looking at his photographs made me realise just what an amazing photographer he was. It certainly was an evening worth seeing.
The next speaker will be Justin Minns whose speciality is landscape photography. Take at look at his site to see some of his work in East Anglia. Justin will be with us on 11th October, once again at the ACT centre, Aylsham. Starting at 19:30.
This early morning reflection caught my eye at Hickling Staithe. I omitted the origin of the reflection to leave something to the imagination. Camera: Canon EOS 5D with 28-105mm lens at 105mm. Settings: f22 at 0.5sec at ISO 100.
Hickling Broad lies within Norfolk, England,4 km south-east of Stalham.
It is a national nature reserve established by English Nature and in the care of the Norfolk Wildlife Trust, who run boat trips around the reserve for visitors.It is also part of the Upper Thurne Broads and Marshes Site of Special Scientific Interest. In the 1990s, over £650,000 was spent on restoring the reserve, and invasive plants are kept under control by grazing hardy breeds of cattle, sheep and ponies from Eastern Europe. Water levels are managed, and the reed and sedge beds are regularly mown to encourage wildlife.
It is the broad with the largest surface area, and the water is slightly brackish, due to its proximity to the sea. The navigation channel is only 1.5 m deep, with much of the broad being shallower; it is 1.4 km², making it one of the largest expanses of open water in East Anglia.
It has the largest reed-bed in England and supports rare waterweeds such as the holly-leaved naiad and three rare species of stonewort. Amongst the rare insects is the swallowtail butterfly which feeds on milk-parsley (Peucedanum palustre), the Norfolk hawker Aeshna isosceles and Emperor dragonfly. Birds that visit the reserve during the winter include cranes, goldeneyes, shovelers and teals, while bitterns, marsh harriers, pochards, water rails and Cetti’s warblers stay for most of the year. There is a waymarked walk around the broad.
Pioneering photographer Emma Turner, lived at Hickling and photographed birds there in the early 20th century.
Hope to see another good turn out at our next meeting,