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2nd September
Yesterday was the first day of meteorological Autumn and was warm and often sunny, in contrast to today that has started wet and windy.  We took our house-guest Maggie for a walk up to the Centenary Park at the top of Birch Hill and I took a few pictures in the park.  It's a lovely area with some areas cut but many others allowed to grow naturally with lots of wild flowers varying with the seasons.  Panasonic TZ200 1/9/20
 
The park has been developed by volunteers since around 2016 and I've taken aerial pictures for the Woodland Trust since then.  I'm starting with
four of these showing the park over the years.  DJI Phantom 2 Vision+, Phantom 4 Pro & Spark

 
 
4th September
Quite a large selection of pictures taken yesterday afternoon on a walk down the Dhoon Glen from the car park to the beach and back.  It's quite a steep
descent, dropping around 600 feet over a lateral distance of only just over half a mile and of course you have to climb back up again!
Nikon D7100 3/9/20
 
 
5th September
Three new Aerial pictures of the 1944 Royal Navy radar station at Ronaldsway have been added to the ATC 1940s pages.
Ronaldsway must have been one of the first airfields in Britain to have been equipped with radar.
 
 
8th September
We had a visit to the Wildlife Park on Sunday afternoon, some pictures from the park and the Curragh with a panorama on the way there, 
a couple of pictures on the way home and some evening shots from home.  Nikon D7100 6/9/20
 
East Baldwin Valley and the Mountain Road
 
The Curraghs Wildlife Park
Walking out of the park into the Curragh on one of the provided pathways.
 
On the way home from the Wildlife Park, in Druidale.
 
Evening skies at Birch Hill  Panasonic TZ200
 
There are five new Aircraft pictures taken yesterday in Aircraft 2020 Pt 3.  Panasonic TZ200 7/8/20
 
 
9th September
A set of pictures taken in Castletown late on Monday afternoon.  It had been a generally dull and wet day, but after I had left a meeting at the airport it appeared to be brightening up, so rather than sit in queues of traffic around Douglas at rush hour, I had a short stroll around the town for pictures.
Panasonic TZ200 7/9/20
 
 
13th September
There are twenty new Railway pictures taken on a trip from Douglas to Port Erin and back on Friday afternoon in Railways 2020 Pt 4 
Panasonic TZ200 11/9/20
 
12th September
A few pictures taken at Port Erin on Thursday afternoon.  Panasonic TZ200 10/9/20
 
There are no less than seventeen new Aircraft pictures in Aircraft 2020 Pt 3.  DJI Phantom 4 Pro & Panasonic TZ200 6/9/20 & 10/9/20
 
 
14th September
Ten new pictures from the Manx Electric Railway yesterday are in Railways 2020 Pt 4 
Panasonic TZ200 13/9/20
 
 
16th September
These pictures are from a walk up Tholt-y-Will Glen on Sunday afternoon, starting from the car park near the converted chapel, then walking up through the glen with a stroll around the Corrody and Creggans tholtans at the top.  The map says it's a bit over 300 ft from bottom to top, although the GPS suggested that we'd climbed and descended between 500 and 600 ft over the whole walk.  On the way back down we detoured to visit the Tholt-y-Will tholtan.  It was a strange day for weather, with cloud covering the hilltops and low visibility in fog on the Mountain Road, but bright sunshine in Tholt-y-Will.
Panasonic TZ200 13/9/20
 
 
17th September
Reflections in a calm Ramsey Harbour on Tuesday morning.  Panasonic TZ200 15/9/20
 
There are four new Railway pictures in Railways 2020 Pt 4 Panasonic TZ200 15/9/20
 
 
18th September
After visiting a couple of shops in Ramsey on Tuesday morning, we headed onwards to Milntown House for lunch, followed by a stroll around the gardens.  Lots of great flowers and an amazing number of butterflies, mostly Red Admirals but a few others as well.  Panasonic TZ200 15/9/20
 
 
19th September
More pictures from Tuesday afternoon!  After Milntown we had a fairly quick visit to the Wildlife Park, but these pictures were taken on the way home from there, driving via the Druidale Road from Ballaugh and stopping just above Tholt-y-Will Plantation for these two panoramas.  DJI Spark 15/9/20
 
Continuing our journey home, we stopped at Injebreck Reservoir for some more aerial pictures. The almost complete calm allowed some great reflections.
DJI Spark 15/9/20
 
 
20th September
Just came across a few pictures from our Wildlife park visit on Tuesday.  Panasonic TZ200 15/9/20
 
 
21st September
Yesterday was the Groudle Glen Railway's Steam Gala day and I spent the morning photographing and riding on the trains.  The railway was operating a two train service using three locomotives, changing locos at the Sea Lion Rocks Station.  There are 31 pictures in Railways 2020 Pt 4 Nikon D7100 20/9/20
 
A few pictures taken on a walk around Langness on Thursday afternoon.  Panasonic TZ200 17/9/20
 
The sun setting over Slieau Whallain viewed from Birch Hill.  17/5/20
 
 
22nd September
These are some aerial pictures taken on Friday afternoon in the vicinity of the Laxey Wheel.  The intention of the flight was just to provide a comparison to an old postcard showing the Browside Tramway that used to take visitors from road level up to the wheel and operated between 1890 and about 1906.  Much of the location has subsequently been levelled to provide the present day car park.  The area available for flying was quite restricted due to houses and other buildings, so there is no a huge variety of pictures as a result.  There is more information and some pictures on the Isle of Man Cliff Railways webpage.
DJI Phantom 4 Pro 18/9/20
 
After the Laxey flight I continued onwards to Ballafayle in Maughold parish.  An interesting site up in the hills between Port Cornaa and Port Moor and the location of a Neolithic burial site, believed to date from 2,000 to 1,500BC.  On the opposite side of the lane there is a Quaker Burial ground where William Callow was laid to rest in 1676.  He had suffered persecution and eventual banishment from the island for his faith.  There has also in recent years been a little park area established here.  It's on private land but open to the public and gives great views to Maughold Head.  DJI Phantom 4 Pro 18/9/20
 
 
23rd September
Still playing catch-up with photos.  These ones were taken on Saturday, when we had a trip out to Peel, parking at Fenella Beach and then walking inland along the River Neb to The Raggatt, before returning to the town.  Just made it to Davisons for ice creams as they were closing!  Panasonic TZ200 19/9/20
 
 
24th September
We had a walk along the Marine Drive from the arches to Port Soderick and back on Sunday afternoon and I took the little Spark drone with me.  Some ground level pictures to start and finish, but the rest are aerial ones at three locations.  Panasonic TZ200 & DJI Spark 20/9/20
 
 
25th September
Some aerial photography in the Whitestrand area, to the north of Peel, on Wednesday afternoon.  DJI Spark 23/9/20
 
 
Yesterday we did a trip on the 'Silver Dream' lunch service on the Steam Railway dining car train to Castletown and back. We were the only train out on the line with 'Kissack' hauling, but when we arrived back 'Caledonia' was shunting in Douglas station. There are 19 new pictures in Railways 2020 Pt 4
Panasonic TZ200 24/9/20
 
 
26th September
A small selection of aerial pictures taken late Wednesday afternoon at Peel Castle.  DJI Spark 23/9/20
 
There were some fascinating cloud formations and illuminations around sunset on Wednesday evening.  The pictures below were all just taken from various locations around my house, the lighting was changing by the minute, as it often does around sunset.  Panasonic TZ200 23/9/20
 
 
28th September
On Saturday afternoon we headed north for a walk around the gardens at Milntown House.  The visibility was superb and we had a short stop at Guthrie's on the Mountain Road to take in the views across the sea towards southern Scotland.  Nikon D7100 26/9/20
 
After arriving at Milntown, we had a conker hunting session under the trees near the car park before our walk around the gardens.  There were still lots of flowers in bloom but not the butterflies we had seen on our last visit.  I used my Sigma 105 mm Macro lens for all of these shots apart from the first two.
 
 
29th September
Some aerial pictures, looking at the Foxdale area on Sunday morning.  DJI Phantom 4 Pro 27/9/20
 
 
30th September
Cronk-ny-Arrey-Laa and a secret WW2 Radio Station!
Some more aerial photography from Sunday morning.  The main pupose was to obtain some more images of the radio station remains there, but it was a beautiful day and I took some more general images as well.  DJI Phantom 4 Pro 27/9/20
 
The Radio Station - and a request for more information!
 
I had been unaware of this location until it was drawn to my attention by fellow researcher Chris Corkish, although I believe it was considered as a possible location for a new radar for Ronaldsway in the 1990s.  Some people have suggested that is was a WW2 radar site, but Chris managed to identify is as a 'Radio Track Guide' station.  This was a British copy of the German 'Knickerbein' radio bombing beam system but why it was located here is still a bit of a mystery.  The radio aerial would seem to be on a fixed bearing, poiniting across the sea towards Anglesey.  It was possibly used to designate a Night Fighter 'patrol line' for aircraft operating from RAF Valley. In inland areas these were marked by light beacons, obviously not practical over the sea.  If anyone has any more information I would love to know, at the moment its purpose remains unknown.  It seems to have been known as 'RAF South Barrule', maybe to confuse the enemy.
Chris has a Facebook Page 'Military Relics and Info Isle of Man' with lots of information and pictures. 
 
P.S. Chris has come up with another possibility that the site was linked to an installation at West Freugh in southern Scotland, in which case it could have been a training installation for future bomber crews based at the ten airfields around the Irish Sea that were looked after by the Training Flying Control Centre based at Ramsey Grammar School.
 
 
1st October
Some wild wallabies in Ballaugh Curragh on Sunday afternoon.  Nikon D7100 27/9/20
 
 
2nd October
Still catching up with pictures from last month with some aerial pictures taken in three locations on Tuesday morning.   DJI Phantom 4 Pro 29/9/20
 
Druidale
 
Sulby Reservoir
Although the reflections in the reservoir had looked good from Druidale, increasing cloud amounts were affecting the pictures once I had arrived
at the new flying location and I didn't stay for too long.
 
Snaefell
 
3rd October
Pictures taken on a walk around Langness on Tuesday afternoon. We normally start and finish this walk on St Michael's Island (Fort Island) which gets the road walking part out of the way at the start.  Distance is around 5.25 miles and it takes us about three hours as we've not fast and make a lot of stops!
Panasonic TZ200 29/9/20
 
 Unless otherwise credited all pictures on this website are  © Jon Wornham