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Diana Entertains

Long time NRPS member Diana Walker is best known at the club for her high quality wildlife images, so those attending last Thursday’s club night were pleasantly surprised by the variety that comprised the evening she leads annually. Diana skilfully crafted a multitude of images into a series of audio visual presentations that were highly entertaining as well as informative. The common factor was of course the photographer’s love of both wildlife and travel, and the well-chosen music that accompanied her commentary both matched the mood of the evening and created an appropriate ambience.

Diana frequently attends workshops designed to improve her skills in wildllfe and nature photography so that Going Digital’s course featuring “Birds of Prey” at Tyntesfield provided a wealth of opportunity for her to photograph birds in situ and in flight. Equally opportunistic was her visit to the North Somerset Birds of Prey Exhibit. Visits to zoos encountered on holidays and when attending family weddings in Edinburgh clearly provide Diana with even more time to practise learned skills on captive animals, but applying these skills in the wild is her real passion.

Local attractions featured heavily in her presentation with footage of Herons at Swell Woods and the wildlife, flora and fauna of Ham Wall and the Somerset Levels. Whilst these live wild and free it is the more distant call of the wild that leads Diana to book holidays in far flung places where less familiar sights abound. Her recent trip to Finland with “Nature’s Images” in search of Wolverines and Red Throated Divers provided a series of images and videos that were the highlight of the evening, and together with those of the Black Bears and frolicking Beaver kits kept us engaged.

Also an avid botanist, Diana also takes close up and macro images of rare flowers and insects and we were treated to a short presentation that she annually gives to the Cam Valley Wildlife group, and then, by way of something completely different, images of the Royal Naval Dockyards gave further photographic context to a recent visit to The Mary Rose Exhibition.
The tranquil avenues along the canals near Bletchley took us on a meander through Oxfordshire Buckinghamshire. Images in these presentations were very different from those taken at Corsham Court featuring the more formal landscapes designs of Capability Brown. The interiors of this country house in Wiltshire and of Stowe House also effectively contrasted with those of the majestic but austere, Edinburgh Castle, and these again provided a visual delight and promoted further informal discussions amongst members of place and time. Diana was congratulated on a thoroughly enjoyable evening and thanked by all. Next week the first part of the club evening will be led by Jane Richardson, after which members will begin the process of selecting images to enter into the upcoming Tri Battle with Frome clubs.

Jenny Short