Many of you said this was the best and most enjoyable event the club had put on and I have to say, I totally agree with that. What a great outing to end the year! I will pass on all your comments to Tom when I thank him for organising the event, AND to the staff at Cannington for making us so welcome.

The weather could have been a little better, but this did not dampen the spirit. I was so please that some of you brought some friends, and family members, along to share the experience.

There was a relaxed atmosphere that gave that happy holiday feel despite the eerie vocal warm-ups that could be heard coming from a nearby stage show of Macbeth. “Is this a DIGGER I see before me?”…….

…no it was a lawn roller.

The smile detection on my camera went crazy with all your beaming faces, and almost exploded when Ian fell over on the path. He was clearly trying to steal my award of CHEEKIEST SMILE off of me.

Wherever I looked, I could see small groups of photographers working out the best way to get the image they wanted and they were keen to assist and help each other out, even pushing a car at one point.

I saw some interesting images that showed different photographic techniques from fill-in flash, to back lighting, to Black and White. Ken was showing so members how to use a flash to brighten up the flowers whilst darkening the background, as you can see in these pictures.

Here’s an image especially for Sandra, we didn’t find any oranges.

As we’ve come to expect, the grounds were clean and tidy and above all, breathtaking to behold. Perhaps some day we can get to see inside the house as one member was saying that it is incredibly ornate and decadent inside.

The tea room was in great demand, and so good I went twice. Friendships blossomed, and this is where I heard that Ken has a good photographic opportunity coming up on Saturday for Party by the Parrett so its well worth contacting him about it.

I don’t think a single plant or flower went unsnapped, photographically that is!

Oddly enough, two of our members suffered from corrupted images on their camera’s memory cards. This can be a real pain and is sometimes simply because the card isn’t all the way in, but as you can see from this image below, it can also give you some very weird and wonderful effects.

All in all the evening was a great success. Thank you to everyone who sent in images. As you can see, it is another amazingly packed Newsletter.