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Members Abroad

This week Dawlish & Teignmouth Photographic Club were entertained by their own members.

Kevin McDonagh gave a flavour of The Burren, a large area in western Ireland bordering Galway bay.

Consisting mainly of limestone and at first appearance quite barren, it is home to small lakes known as turloughs, which due to the nature of the terrain drain away through cracks in the rock

Paul Clemens, a journalist and poet quoted that 'There is not enough water to drown a man, Not enough wood to hang a man and not enough earth to bury a man'

Despite this there are over 700 species of plants including the rare O'Kellys spotted orchid, and gentians.

The landscape is littered with ruined farmhouses, megalithic tombs and glacial erratics, remnants of the ice age as well as rocks resembling faces, known as paraedolia.

Erratics by Kevin McDonagh
Erratics by Kevin McDonagh

Alex Rosen travelled to the Cote d'azur, the playground of the rich, photographing tourists, boules players and local characters.

And so to Cuba and its crumbling architecture, 1950s cars and the happy faces of local people enjoying enormous cuban cigars .A trip to a cigar factory gave an insight of the work involved in creating the cigars.

Lady with Cigar by Alex Rosen
Lady with Cigar by Alex Rosen

Tony Wilson is a master in the art of manipulating photographs and creating imaginiative audio visual presentations, and he didnt disappoint with his tour of Chatsworth house in Derbyshire, home to the Duke of Devonshire, with its glorious gardens, cascade and impressive fountain, the interior full of sculptures, costumes and sumptuous decor, the ceilings artistic works of art.

Gladioli by Tony Wilson
Gladioli by Tony Wilson

Rounding off the evening Stuart Henchie told us of his years working in Penang, an island off the Malaysian peninsular, where he worked with local people to restore and maintain the botanic gardens with its diverse plantlife and impressive trees including the betel nut palm

He also showed images of the urban landscape and Penang Hill with its funicular railway, opened in 1923 and overhauled in 2010.

All are welcome at the Dawlish & Teignmouth Photographic Club. Here is all the information you need to know about joining >>

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