On Tuesday we had a depleted audience partly due to members taking holidays abroad (you know who you are) and others suffering from “The Queen’s Cold” (i.e. the one HM The Queen had at Christmas and, just in case you’re keeping a keen eye on the web site of Warminster Camera Club, may we say we hope Your Majesty is fit and well again now). Never the less, those that made it were treated to a fine Members’ Presentation Evening featuring Ray White and Bernard Clifford, as both had put together thoughtful and well organised presentations.
Ray took us to Russia and who knew you could travel from St Petersburg to Moscow by boat? Helpfully Ray showed us a map of how the trip was made by way of rivers, canals, lakes and reservoirs. In adventurous mood he and Pauline (Mrs White) had travelled independently by air to St Petersburg then joined organised tours of the city and its sights, and finally the last ship of the season to be heading for Moscow. Between October and April the waterways are frozen and, even at the end of September, everybody was wrapped up in coats and scarves as it was far from warm.
Ray’s images showed the outward opulence of what the world considers to be a relatively poor nation, and the gold leaf on many public buildings made for amazing photographs. We saw both outside and inside the Kremlin and I’m sure I detected a note of pleasure when ray told us how many times he had to be frisked by security guards (no, not really, sorry Ray).
Bernard took us to Sri Lanka where he and Carol had been volunteers in a zoo for a month. A decidedly poor nation Bernard said the accommodation was basic but comfortable. Feeding the giraffe was fun but one camel was friendly with Bernard but wouldn’t talk to Carol at all. Personally I was very envious when one image showed Bernard getting down and dirty in the pool with the elephants scrubbing their skins with coconut shells. To keep the record straight it was the elephants I’d have like to have been in the pool with.
Bernard and Carol got some time off and had travelled to a place where there was an elephant sanctuary. Many elephants had been orphaned, and some injured, during the civil war in the country and who wasn’t saddened by the sight of an elephant with one foot missing, it having been blown off by a land mine? None the less “stumpy” joining in all the activities with the other elephants including the trip to the river for the daily scrub down.
All in all we had a very entertaining evening and our thanks go to Ray and Bernard for putting together such an interesting programme.
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Images: Geoff Sims
Report: Mil Chimley LRPS