Situated 250 miles off the east coast of Africa, Madagascar is the 4th largest island in the world and must be one of the most diverse in flora and fauna, more than double the size of the UK and only one third of UK population.
Ray’s talk started with the history of the island when it broke away from India and became isolated, 88 million years ago, and the evolution of its wildlife, filling every niche and adapting to the unique conditions.
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Sandie showed us her wildlife photographs from many places in the world, Antarctica to the Isle of Mull. The evening was interactive and we were encouraged to ask questions at any time.
Most important is to try and catch movement or purpose in the subject and to do this the photographer must have their camera prepared and ready for immediate use.
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A firm favourite with the club, Martin Fry did indeed return to make his captivating AV presentation “From Artist To Excellence” We started with some stunning pictures of the Cotswolds, Laurie Lee’s home and the area around Slad Valley and Stroud and continued to some spectacular rough weather scenes in Cornwall. Martin’s skills were also highlighted with some period pieces including Wartime and Old Gloucester Market.
Until recently Martin was Head Teacher of the VA. C of E Primary School in the village of Horsley, near Stroud, Gloucestershire. The Nave of the nearby Church of St Martin has been modified, making space for the children, on occasion, to assemble and entertain the community, which was hardly possible before in the small school hall.
Wildlife presentations usually create a lot of interest from our members and this week was no exception as we welcomed Bob Ryan and Alison Price to what was virtually a full house. We were taken on a short trip around the World starting with the Mountain Gorillas in the mountains of the Virunga National Park, Rwanda.
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Our first speaker this year was Alan Freke from The Frenchay Village Museum who gave an amusing and, considering the title, a surprisingly interesting presentation of the story of The GWR Badminton Line, which ran between Wootton Bassett and Patchway from 1903 until 1968, illustrated with photographs from the whole period and up to the present day.
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The battle-lines have been drawn! In fact, they are drawn on the map below, outlining the boundary for this years 3 way battle between Sodbury & Yate, Thornbury and Crossbow on the 31st May
Brian Barnett Trophy Annual Competition Entries
For the first time, we are excited to be able to show everyone all of the wide and varied images which club members submitted for this years Brian Barnett Trophy annual competition!
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SYPC Member notice:
Please note that the annual competition entry date is Monday 3rd November. This date was omitted from the programme. Details for each of the competitions are in the members handbook.