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Diana Walker hits the road!

Long standing club member, Diana Walker is probably best known for her wildlife and macro images that provide the inspiration for her love of painting and sketching that were in evidence recently on the popular Cam Valley Arts Trail. When she organises an evening for the club however, she illustrates her wider interests in travel and we are often transported to remote places of interest and natural beauty or to landscapes that have been shaped and influenced by past technology or industrial endeavour.

Equipped with her camper van and armed with her cameras, Diana took us first to Wales, a land through which she meandered this summer, recording the tranquillity of the hills and the valleys and the elegance of the rivers and streams descending into gorges, often in torrents. Diana’s presentation, accompanied by evocative music from the harp, accompanied a wealth of visual images of water balancing systems ,awash with pumps and waterwheels, as well as furnaces and wind turbines, amidst puzzling slate circles, the castles and the coastlines that are inherently Welsh. No holiday for Diana is complete without the wildlife, so visits to RSB nature reserves were also on the agenda for Ospreys, as were her long time favourites the Red Kites of Rhayader.

The second half of the programme provided us with a succession of images that featured mainly wildlife and nature in habitats that ranged from the gardens of Great Chatfield to the hides at Ham Wall, via Dyrham Park, Slimbridge and the Midland Safari Park. Startlingly close up photos of Marsh Butterflies and Red Eyed Damsels showed us again, Diana’s skill with macro, whilst the short video clips of rutting stags, accompanied by the stirring sounds of Mozart provided the contrast and interest that characterised the evening’s entertainment. The two AV presentations were very skilfully assembled and thoughtfully narrated, but equally provide information and promoted informed discussion.

In the weeks to come members will enjoy a trip to Bath for some evening photography on the streets as we approach the Festive Season, and in early December will engage in a highly practical evening practising a range of indoor skills with lights and cameras.

Jenny Short 23.11.18