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Archive for July 2007

Somewhere under the rainbow……

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Red Arrows pass under a rainbow, Sunderland Air Show 2007

Sunderland International Air Show 2007

A final look at the Sunderland International Air Show 2007 sees the RAF’s Red Arrow display team passing under a rainbow after a quick shower. From our perch on top of the cliffs at Whitburn, South Tyneside, we saw what many people agreed was the largest rainbow for many years in these parts. It is estimated that a million spectators watched the air show over it’s two days.

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July 31, 2007 at 12:01 am

The RAF Red Arrows

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The Red Arrows, Sunderland International Airshow, 2007

Sunderland International Air Show 2007

(Day Two)

The second day of the Sunderland International Air Show was rounded off by the RAF’s Red Arrows display team performing under varied weather conditions. The skies were intermittently dark, wet, raining, or bathed in bright warm sunlight, all within minutes of each other!

The Pentax K100D received plenty of use as I clicked about 200 frames during their half hour performance, the changing scenes in the sky provided varying backdrops to their ariel skills, I hope you enjoy these pictures today. I had great difficulty in choosing five frames to show you.

The location that I and “Junior” chose was right in the heart of the action and on the edge of South Tyneside’s boundary with Sunderland, Whitburn Beach proved to be ideal, please click the map link to discover where we were.

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Written by curly

July 30, 2007 at 12:08 am

Posted in Colour, Events, Whitburn

On a wing and a prayer

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Sunderland International Air Show 2007

It was day one of the Sunderland International Air Show yesterday, it takes place just on the boundary of South Shields and South Tyneside and it’s something we cannot miss – most of the planes fly over us anyway. My ten year old son “Junior” enjoyed his first day behind the lens of my old camera and you can see his pictures in my other blog here.

We are at the Air Show again today to catch the RAF’s Red Arrows display team, so call back to see the pictures tomorrow!. As a special treat here a few more thumbnails from day one.

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Written by curly

July 29, 2007 at 12:01 am

Posted in Colour, Events, Fun, Whitburn

Harbour at night

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The Groyne, South Shields

The Groyne and harbour

Here we see the harbour in South Shields, both piers and lighthouses, as well as the old Groyne pier belonging to the Port of Tyne Authority. This is where the River Tyne flows into the North Sea and it is much of the view from the dining room of the Littlehaven Hotel that I posted about two days ago. The Groyne marked a rocky danger point for vessels entering the Tyne and many ships have been grounded here over the centuries.

Camera; Pentax K100D, lens 27mm., 8 seconds, f22, iso 200

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July 28, 2007 at 12:01 am

Sea front at night

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Littlehaven Beach, South Shields

Littlehaven Beach

We have two beaches in South Shields, when I was a kid we always knew them as the little beach and the big beach. Littlehaven is the little beach, seen here late at night illuminated only by the streetlamps of Harbour Drive and the dancing lights from the Dunes ten pin bowling hall at the fairground. There’s also a little help from the moon on the right hand side.

Camera; Pentax K100D, lens 27mm., 30 seconds, f22, iso 200

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July 27, 2007 at 12:01 am

Dinner by the beach

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Littlehaven Hotel, South Shields

Littlehaven Hotel

How would you fancy taking dinner here?. The dining room of the hotel faces the beach with views across the harbour, lit by small lamps along the adjacent garden, diners can watch the lights of the two lighthouses as crafts large and small sail through the harbour.

Check it out using the map link.

Camera; Pentax K100D, lens 42mm., 20 seconds, f16, iso 200

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July 26, 2007 at 12:01 am

Little lilac coloured bloom

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Lilac wild flower, Whitburn Nature Reserve

Whitburn nature reserve

Just a little wild flower that I spotted in the Whitburn nature reserve, it’s a quiet spot on our coastline much favoured by ornithologists, they even have their own hide there. I’ll be back there this weekend to try and grab some shots of the Sunderland International Air show. Watch out for them next week!

This is my first attempt at a macro with the new camera.

Camera; Pentax K100D, 450mm lens (macro), iso 200, f8, 1/750 second.

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Written by curly

July 25, 2007 at 12:01 am

Posted in Colour, macro, Whitburn