Trip to Calf of Man

July 2021
The Western IOM enjoyed a super boat trip to thr Calf of Man on a calm, sunny  day. 

Setting off from Port St Mary, it took an hour to reach the Calf - longer than usual because we had extra time to view the birds .

We had 3 hours to leisurely  explore the Calf itself, which we did, going off in whatever direction we wished to.

From both the boat journeys, we had the opportunity to photograph the nestiong birds at the Stack.  The boatman spotted the puffins in the water and it was good to see them as they have recently returned to the IOM.

We finished the day with a good meal in Port Erin.

Many thanks to Doreen for organising the trip for us.
Below are a few of the Photos we took on the trip
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Trip to Airport Fire and Rescue Facilities

November 2021

As The Western Photographic Society, we were fortunate to be invited by the Airport FDire and Rescue Service to witness and photograph some ot their dtraining exercises on one of our Thursday evenings at the Ronaldsway facility.

In common with most international airports, the Isle of Man Airport maintains its own independent fire service.  This service cooperates closely with the Isle of Man Fire and Rescue Service.

The airport fire station is now considered too small for its cusrrent appliances and crews and a new facility is planned for construction, starting in 2022-2023

Our group, numbering approx 17 keen photographers, gathered at the centre at 7pm and were treated to an hours display of fire fighting techniques, including hand held high pressure hoses and vehicle operated equipment.  The exercise and display involved the extinguishing of mimic aircraft fires using the purpose built apparatus.

Our group were then given a conducted tour of the station buildings and associate fire appliance equipment.  The four vehicles housed in the vehice bays will soon be replaced by newer appliances manufactsures in the USA and costing in excess of £1m each.

Conditions for photography were challenging, given the extremes of intense light  from the flames and darkness but it offered members of the club the possibility to photogsraph something out of the ordinary.  An enjoyable evening for all.

Our thanks go to the Fire Service personel for their invitation and for putting on an interesting and exciting display.

Report by Dr David Salter

Photos taken by   some of our members

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