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This page follows Miscellaneous photos. It too holds photos that do not belong in any of the other categories. At least, none that I could think of at the time.


Hang glider art

Everard Cunion in March 1997

Me in March 1997

Unlike Mark Stucky, who also started hang gliding in 1974, I never became an astronaut.

Debbie Milliken in November 1997

Debs Milliken in November 1997

Debs, the sister of one of my hang gliding friends, suffered from multiple sclerosis. She ended her own life in 2014. For more, see this Daily Echo report on 8th November 2014.

Everard in June 1998, having recently gained a BSc in software engineering management

Me in June 1998, having gained a BSc in software engineering management


Sywell aerodrome, April 2003

Sywell aerodrome, April 2003


In 2003, I bought my first new hang glider since 1974. It was made by Aeros, originally part of Antonov, in the Ukraine. I collected it from Sywell aerodrome, home of Flylight.

Photo of drawings for hang glider sail artwork

The star was easy, but the red edging was more involved.

Photo of hang glider sail artwork under construction

Red Star in Orbit


In this photo the red star is almost complete: Made of sticky-back sailcloth from a sailboat chandler, the result of this effort on my Aeros Discus was dramatic. It had a plain white upper surface and leading edge and a plain red under-surface.

Photo of a hang glider rigged in a garden

Me and my Aeros Discus

Everard flying the Discus over the sea at Ringstead

Discus over the sea at Ringstead

I had previously added pre-WW2 US stars to my UP TRX 160.


More scenery

Photo of buildings at sunset

Sunset at my weekday accommodation about 2005

Cat and Sindy at my weekday accommodation, November 2005

Cat and Sindy at my weekday accommodation, November 2005


Insect

Insect

This insect, photographed in 2009, had a 25 millimetre span and was 14 mm long. (I do not recall how I measured it.)

Sunset in September 2011

Sunset in September 2011


Dragonfly

Dragonfly


This monster was in the back garden in July 2012. I thought at first it was a prank by one of my hang gliding friends who also flies radio control helicopters…

After it landed on the fence, I took this photo from a safe distance. Likely it is a Southern Hawker (judging by this dragonfly identification web site). I assume that any hawk it encounters dies of fright on the spot.

Snow in Christchurch, Dorset, England January 2013

Snow in January 2013

We rarely have snow settle this near the south coast of England.

Snow in Christchurch, Dorset, England, in January 2013

Snow in January 2013


Photo of the moon

Destination Moon


I took this pic of the moon with a Fuji Finepix HS 30 EXR through a break in cloud cover during its close approach on August 11th, 2014.

Film crew from Holland, December, 2014

Film crew from Holland, December, 2014

Anoushka, in fur coat and hat, is a life-size doll made in Vladivostok, Russia, in 2010.

Flower poking up over the yard fence in 2019

Flower poking up over the yard fence in 2019

Late afternoon sunshine in February 2019 illuminated this flower poking up over the yard fence.

Brownsea Island from Poole Quay in May 2019

Brownsea Island from Poole Quay in May 2019

Christchurch Priory from Hengistbury Head in May 2019

Christchurch Priory from Hengistbury Head in May 2019

I obtained the idea for the photo of Christchurch Priory from Hengistbury Head from a photo by Roger Hollman, whose photo from the same spot on a clear sunrise must be seen. The Priory is about two miles from the camera and St. Catherine’s hill is three miles farther than that.

I taught myself to fly a hang glider from the north-east slope (the far side) of the hill in 1974. In early 1975, after being discovered by Bournemouth air traffic control, I reached an agreement with them that I could continue to fly as long as I did not go higher than the anti-collision beacon towers (on the horizon in the photo).

Emily and Everard at Corfe Castle in May 2019

Emily and me at Corfe Castle in May 2019

Emily and David, from North Carolina, were fascinated by the historic buildings and landscape of this part of the Dorset coast when they visited me in May 2019.

Comments

From Emily on 2019/05/28 at 8:57 pm:

Those last two photographs of Brownsea Island and Christchurch priory are quite bright and beautiful…I feel as though I could be standing right there! 😉

My reply 2019/05/29 at 9:02 am:

Haha!
(She was standing right there during one small trip on a wonderful long weekend: North Carolina, USA, meets Dorset, England.)


Vintage photos

Scale model Vintage motocross bike with rider with print of wine bottles painting

Vintage motocross

Here, the models look smaller than they really are because Raymond Campbell paints his wine bottle scenes larger than life, or at least these prints are larger than life. Note that the apparent inner wooden frames, on which the shadows of overhanging cheese and bottle opener are cast, are part of the paintings.

See my page Motocross in miniature, Building Joël Robert’s Suzuki motocross bike in 1/12th scale, and Mr Moto Cross, My Revell 1/12th scale Husqvarna motocross bike.

I have the light coming from the wrong side to match that in the paintings. Oh, well…

Tamiya 1/48th scale Spitfire and wine bottle art by Raymond Campbell

Tamiya 1/48th scale Spitfire and wine bottle art by Raymond Campbell

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