I’m pleased to announce that Jeremy once again did the business and took us to an excellent location for our Summer Event visit to Sharpenhoe Clappers, providing a great location, perfect weather and some amazingly convenient parking.
Our trip to Sharpenhoe Clappers seems to have been our most successful to date with 16 people (including a number of visitors) turning up to enjoy the summer evening, the location and wildlife. As for the trip to Hexton Chalk pits earlier in the summer at the start of the evening Jeremy gave us all a few notes on the location, told us what we were likely to see, and gave out a few tips on how to get the best images. As we walked down into the fields Jeremy quick spotted and pointed out a number of butterflies roosting in the taller grasses; once we knew what we were looking for everyone started disappearing in the grass as we started to track our own subjects.
As the sun started to set everyone gravitated towards a ridge that looked out to the north west and gave some fantastic views over the countryside. Even if you’re not into wildlife photography this was certainly a lovely location to enjoy the countryside. Something else that was really good to see was that, although photography is very much a personal pursuit people everyone was working together sharing tips and helping each other get their images.
As usual at the end of the evening most people headed off to the planned pub stop which this time was at the Chequers Pub in Streatley. Although the focus of the Summer Events is the photography, the conversation afterwards is always popular and once again only came to end when the pub closed.
If you are planning to visit Sharpenhoe Clappers yourself, it’s really easy to find between Sharpenhoe and Streatley, and is well signposted. As you enter the car there is a height restriction so if you’ve got a 4 wheel drive, or a roof box you might want to take care to make sure you fit. Once at Sharpenhoe clappers you can turn left and walk into the field that runs back down parallel with the road as we did, or follow the main path down into the woods.
If you’ve got some photos from the evening you’d like to share, then just email them over and I’ll be happy to add them to the slide show!