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282 MAR18 - Gryffe Advertizer

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32 Langbank Camera Club The February print competition, Silhouette, was won by Phil O’Brien for her beautiful image, “Dunes”, of a camel and rider at sunset. The photograph was taken at the Camel Festival in Pushkar, a tiny desert town in India’s state of Rajasthan where approximately 30,000 camels converge to take part in the festival. We had joint second place winners, Alastair McKenzie for his silhouette of the Duke of Wellington, with cone, outside the Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow and John O’Brien for his photograph taken at Tanah Lot, one of the most popular sites in Bali for sunsets. the advertizer Kilmacolm Camera Club Because of a cancellation, four of our members stepped into the breach at short notice and provided a cornucopia of photographic goodies. Billy Blair gave us a masterclass in natural history photography. Bill Ham entertained us with images of Edinburgh Fringe performers, hang gliders and planes. David Walker showed us some Venice views and Duchal Wood snow scenes, and David Addison concluded our box of varieties with a flight to Barra. In the annual Simpson inter-club competition, we came a respectable third (and, yes, there were more than three clubs competing!). Our latest in-house league competition was based on the intriguing topic “Triangles.” This was judged by Stephen Phillips, of Milngavie and Bearsden Camera Club. The winning Print was by Bill Ham, with “Beach Huts” and the top Digital image was by Jane Robertson, with “Cheese and Biscuits Anyone?” A selection of leading images is shown here. We finished our tutorial topic of stitching photographs , single row and multi-row, to create magnificently detailed panorama photographs. This topic has generated a lot of interest and will be concluded with an evening in May where members will exhibit their images using the tools and techniques discussed during the tutorials. Visitors are always welcome. Meetings held on the second and fourth Mondays of the month throughout current session. Membership is only £10 for the first year so please come along. For more information please contact Derrick McPherson at Diaporama Hugh and Gerry gave us an enjoyable evening’s entertainment with eleven shows, nine of which were an advert for Scottish scenery and culture. Instead of just music accompanying the stills, we had one with no music at all, some with written information included and several with voiceovers and appropriate audio clips. Gerry’s were all based in Scotland. ‘The Port Town’ and ‘Views from the Port’ were of Port Glasgow, which was formed as the port for Glasgow in 1668, and looked at some of its buildings, parks and former shipyards where the Comet, Glenlee, and Falls of Clyde were built. The views from Lyle Hill showed the Clyde at its best. ‘Boys Toys’ was a real delight for Classic Car enthusiasts. A show at The Palace of Holyrood of sports and racing cars from the end of WW11 including the Tyrrell’s of Jackie Stewart and the Lotus’ of Jim Clark. This combined well with the ‘Scottish Museum of Flight’ and its fantastic collection of military and civil aircraft including Concorde. His final show was of Arran and included a visit to Holy Island. We held another portrait session with the Fashion Group that meets in KNCC. This proved to be a fun evening again. Thanks to all of our models. Intrigued by the variety on offer each evening? Come along and see for yourself. Venue: Kilmacolm New Community Centre, Room 1.01; Tuesday evening, time 7.30 (October to March) Contacts: Billy Blair, Tel: 873383; Janice Stevenson, Tel 873595. Website: Hugh continued with the Scottish theme combined with his love of kayaking. ‘Mull’ was a tour of the surrounding islands including Gometra, Ulva, Staff, and Iona. ‘The Clyde Now and Then’ took us on a kayaker’s view from Erskine to the Squinty Bridge showing the Clyde as it is now followed by a nostalgic look back at the Clyde and its long gone docks and shipyards. ‘Whisky’ was an ode to the ‘cratur’ and a look at its progress from fields of barley through to the finished product. ‘Tam o’ Shanter’ was recited beautifully by Hugh accompanied by appropriate pictures. His next two shows took us further afield. ‘Raft’ was a high octane white-water trip down the River Kaituna in New Zealand, definitely not for the faint hearted! This was followed by ‘Singapore’ and a history of its incredible makeover from the invasion by the Japanese in 1942 until the present day. Our next meeting is a week earlier on Monday 5th of May in the Carrick Centre Houston. deadline date for our april issue - Friday 16th March - You don’t want to miss it!!

march 2018 t: 01505 613340 e: 33 If you are to come and visit us at RSPB Lochwinnoch throughout February and March, you will definitely see the carpets of snowdrops in our woodland. Snowdrops are one of the earliest signs of spring approaching, and is one of the first meals for emerging bees! Nature is so clever, because the petals of a snowdrop don’t open until temperatures reach 10°c, this is also the perfect temperature for bumble bees to come out of hibernation! The green stripes inside of the snowdrops act like landing lights, guiding pollinators to one of the only sources of nectar available early in the season. There are lots of myths and legends about snowdrops: it seems they have captured our imagination for a long time! Although they symbolise hope and purity, there was also a belief you should never bring a single snowdrop into your home as it was unlucky, and could even cause a death. This myth might have some truth to it: the bulbs of snowdrops are actually poisonous to humans, although you’d have to eat a lot to become ill! Interestingly, in modern medicine, a substance which occurs naturally in snowdrops - galantamine - is used to help treat the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease. If you are looking for a spring day out, to see snowdrops and lots of other signs of spring, come along to our Open Day on the 25th of March! From 11am to 3pm you will be able to sample all that the reserve has to offer- explore the trails, play in the natural play area or do a treasure hunt- and it’s all for free! Events Lochwinnoch RSPB has lots of exciting events coming up. Here are some highlights... Wildlife Photography Workshop: Beginners - Learn how to take great outdoor and wildlife photographs with your own camera, then see your results on screen! Led by David Palmer, who has over 30 years experience and is a volunteer photographer with the RSPB. This is an excellent opportunity for beginners to learn the basics. When: Sunday 11th March from 1pm - 4.30pm. Price: £25, RSPB members £20 Booking essential. What Astronomy Evening - Find out about the wonders of the night sky with a presentation from the Astronomical Society of Glasgow. If the weather permits, we will then head outside for some stargazing! When: Friday 16th March from 7.30 - 9pm. Price: Adults £6; Children £4.80 (RSPB Members £4.80/£3.80) For more information about the reserve or any of our events, please call 01505 842 663 or email Lochwinnoch Open Day - Come along and try out some pond dipping, go for a walk, play in the natural play area, listen to some stories, watch some wildlife or do the treasure hunt. When: 26th March, 11am - 3pm. Price: Free Find us at: RSPB Lochwinnoch, Largs Road, PA12 4JF. For more information about any of these events go to BoW Horticultural Society As our guest speaker was unwell, Donald Hepburn stepped in and gave a presentation of a year in his nearby garden. Donald keeps a visual record of established plants plus new ones added in the preceding year. In this way, he hopes to avoid digging up anything dormant or forgotten! He also notes when plants come into flower. Snowdrops are usually in flower before the White Heather but this year it’s the other way around. One of the first to flower is Iris Reticulata but so far, no sign yet of this cheerful little number. After the array of Snowdrops, the Daffodils and Narcissi will be in bloom along with Snake’s Head Fritillary, multicoloured Crocuses, yellow Forsythia and red Chaenomeles japonica (flowering Quince). Spring is coming when the Hepburn Cherry begins to flower and the Hellebores, in many shades of pink and purple, open up. In the autumn, the Hepburns take a trip to Greenbank Gardens, Newton Mearns to pick up bargains in the bulb sale. Here various bulbs are on offer at reasonable prices, ready to go into other local gardens for a Spring display. Beth Hepburn describes her garden as a cottage garden where they work with an array of growing conditions. Theirs is a walled garden on a north-facing slope. They are growing a Hydrangea petiolaris (Climbing Hydrangea) along the southern wall which, once established, will romp away covering a tricky part of the garden where many plants will struggle. Camellias and Rhododendrons herald late spring and these are under-planted with Bluebells, Himalayan Poppies, Alliums, followed by Irises, Perennial Geraniums, Aquilegias, Day Lilies and Canterbury Bells, to name just a few. Shrubs, grown for effect, are a Weigela, with variegated leaves and crimson flowers, and towards autumn, a Sambucus and Cotinus (Smoke Bush) with crimson or wine coloured leaves and stems, along with multi-coloured Fuchsias or Cosmos and rich, velvety Helleniums. By the time we reached Autumn we had a list of well over 40 plants growing in the Hepburn @GryffeAds garden and thus over 40 suggestions to mull over for our own gardening ventures. We ran out of time before Donald ran out of plants! It was an inspiring evening which lifted the spirits of members and guests on another wintry night. Our interest was also stirred by the arrival of a large, leek-like mystery houseplant. This was in bloom with large white flowers and a gorgeous perfume. As our Secretary, Anne, brought it, we knew it had to be special and it was – Pamianthe peruviana . This is an epiphyte (which grows on the surface of a host plant) and produces pods which take 15 months to ripen. It is feared that this plant is now extinct in the wild. The next meeting will be a “Gardeners’ Question Time” with a panel of renowned experts ready to take your questions. Members and guests should remember to wrap up well any “samples” to avoid contamination. We will meet at 8p.m. on Thursday 8th March at The British Legion.

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