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July 2016 

Photographers Resource

ISSN 2399-6706

Issue No: 150

The Lemurs at Bristol Zoo

July Diary
Wildlife Photography In July
Your First Visit To This Resource

Half way through the year already and the British weather is not the photographers friend. However we did manage to get out a couple of days last month, with a visit to Bristol Zoo and Stourhead, in Wiltshire

Our trip to Bristol Zoo was a typical British showery day. It turned out this was a good location as many of the animals are in buildings or have covered walkways, so we were able to dodge the showers. At the end of our visit the sun came out, as usual, so on the way home decided to travel over the Clifton Suspension Bridge.

July, being the centre of our summer, is one of the busiest months for events taking place throughout the UK. From the heritage spectacles such as the Godiva Festival, Well Dressing, Wenlock Olympian Games, Tewkesbury Medieval Festival with battle re-enactments, through to Swan Upping on the River Thames and the National Eisteddfod of Wales. But there is so much more going on, on land, sea and in the air, whether your interest is wildlife, motoring, airborne, sporting, carnival or the ridiculous you should find something amongst our diary entries to suit you.

A Military re-Enactment with explosions and smoke

On the wildlife front there are more insects and bugs about, such as butterflies, Dragonfly and Damselflies, but also don't forget to look down at your feet and look out for crickets and grasshoppers. A good place for dragonflies is Wicken Fen Nature Reserve  in Cambridgeshire where they have recorded over 22 different species of Dragonfly.  Macro Photography, the use of Close-up Lenses  and using tripods is the photo methods required for this type of wildlife, but you also need to be quick, they don't sit around for long.

Grasshopper. This one was amongst the stones at Avebury, in Wiltshire

Looking out to sea you may see dolphin pods, especially around the west and east coast of Scotland. Its a feeding frenzy amongst all the wildlife, with all the new young being fed to get them big enough and strong enough to make it through the coming winter, or as in the case of some of the of the birds like Swifts and Swallows, to make epic journey's across continents at the end of summer.

Rhododendrons at Stourhead, Wiltshire

Our visit to Stourhead, in Wiltshire   was mainly dry, at least while we were walking around the big lake it was, so that was good and gave plenty of photo opportunities. This is somewhere we normally visit during the autumn to capture the autumn colours of the trees, changing from luscious green to oranges, reds and browns. However during May and June it is a mass of colour with the Rhododendrons in full bloom. With it's large lake, grotto, garden temples and historic house there is much to explore and capture here.

A close up of Rhododendron Eisenhower at Stourhead, in Wiltshire

For something different this month, why not have a go at some Then and Now Photography. Start by  identifying some old photos taken some time ago and then visit the location today to see what has changed. We have a number of articles throughout this resource to help you find out Where to Get Old Prints From. We also have a large selection of Photochromes in our Photo Archive with many images from around the British Isles. Photochromes are photographs that were taken from the late 1800's to early 1900's, many of the British ones are from around 1905, they were hand coloured to make them into colour photographs around 50 years before colour photography came into existence. Take a look at An introduction to Photochromes it's just like travelling back in time. The image below is an example of what can be found in our archive.

Photochrome of Clifton Suspension Bridge, taken from
 our Photochromes On Photo Archive

What's New and Changed
Places Visited Last Month

Stourhead, Wiltshire

Bristol Zoo, Bristol

Clifton Suspension Bridge, Bristol

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