My family and other animals.

I really love animals and I don't really approve of Zoos but the Wildlife Center at Whipsnade is a different experience. The animals have a lot more space roam about and generally seem in a better psychological stat than those you see in the more enclosed city zoos. I understand what organisations such as the ZSL are doing with protection and study of species, and also how necessary it is for us to be able to see these animals in person. Most children would never see these magnificent creatures in real life and conservation would not be such an important issue. Still we should work more to make it that these animals are not endangered in there natural habitat and where we don't need to have zoos in order to preserve creatures from extinction.

Shot on Fujifilm X-E1

#whipsnade #zsl #oneearth #itsahardlifeinthemountains #thisisnotafrica

Holiday Snaps

Well I have finally got round to posting my holiday snaps. It was a lot of laughs with old friends and family, with a trip to the seaside thrown in for good measure!

#itsahardlifeinthemountains #seaside #family

Oh! Mr (& Mrs.) D'Arcy!

A good friend got married at the weekend in Gnadenwald, near Innsbruck. I took my little Fuji XE1 and took a couple of snaps of the festivities and the rather fluid evening! Apologies for the later photos as the sensor in the XE1 isn't as good in low light and you tend to get a bit of noise (not to mention my slightly wobbly vision from the multitude of shots that were doing the rounds!).

Still a great celebration of friends, fun, happiness and love. Congratulations Mr. & Mrs D'Arcy.

The New Penken Playground

So, last weekend we went up the Penken to see the new play area that they have built. Great place to let the kids burn off some steam and to just sit about enjoying the summer for the grown-ups (who wants to go for a hike on a day like this anyway!) Well worth a visist if you are going up, it's just at the top of the Combi-bahn along with some very cool looking electric bikes and some 'Zorb' ball on a lake. I spoke to one of the chaps up there and apparently there is a lot more planned for next year, so watch this space (not literally, but keep following the blog!).

#itsahardlifeinthemountains #penken #somuessenbergsein #mayrhofen

A very British Affair

Finally,  I got to go to a wedding as a guest, something that has not happened in an age, mainly as I am photographing them, and that most of my friends are married! I was meant to be looking after the kids but one was a Paige-boy and the other was asleep 5 minutes in to the ceromony so I took the opportunity to whip out my Fujifilm XE1 and fire off a couple of snapshots.

As this is my travel camera it does take a nice shot in the right light, but it is not as good in the restricted lighting of a Gloucestershire church as my full frame Canon 6D, that I normally use at weddings.

But we are not here to pixel peep, just to share the love of a fantastic day with great friends, old and new.  Well done Sophie & Bart.

Shot using Fujifilm X-E1 with Olympus 50mm f/1.8 and iPhone 6s with post production done in Adobe Lightroom CC with additional Black & White editing in Macphun Tonality Pro

Back on the Hill

So the lifts have opened up again and after a brief respite we are heading back up the mountain, only it feels kind of weird getting on the Ahornbahn without a pair of skis in your hand (or 2 more pairs on your backpack!). All photos shot with the iPhone as I stupidly forgot to put the card back in my camera! Doh!

#iphone #mayrhofen #ahorn #itsahardlifeinthemountains #ahornsee

Gauder Fest 2018

Ok, I know its been a while but I have been busy, oh and on holiday before the summer Wedding Season kicks off!

So I am doing a little bit of catch-up and before I stick on my Holiday pics I thought I had better get theses pictures of the Traditional Gauder Fest that is held here in the Zillertal each May. It is one of the largest Trachtenfest in Europe and draws huge crowds over the 4 days as well as having some rocking beer that is a barmy 7.8%. More than a couple of these and you know about it!

Anyway enough of me rambling on here are the pictures for your viewing pleasure.

All shot with iphone 6s and edited in Lightroom Mobile

#gauderfest #zellamziller #zillertal #iphone #itsahardlifeinthemountains

Helipad Open Day

This weekend saw the official opening of the new Helicopter Rescue centre for Mayrhofen.

There are a couple of these dotted around the valley from different firms, all providing much a needed service to evacuate seriously injured patients to the hospital within a short time from fairly inaccessible places (normally ski pistes). They work in close unison with the Red Cross, Mountain Rescue and the Water Rescue, with members from these organizations normally going on to work in the 'Flugrettung'.

Sunday was an open day for the public to come and see the toys that we get to play with, so I took the family down to have look. Weather was fantastic apart from the very strong wind that prevented a couple of events from taking place. The Red Bull Stunt Helicopters did make a show even if in those conditions and I did manage to capture it on video which can be seen here.

#roteskreuz #bergrettung #flugrettung #wasserrettung #helitirol #itsahardlifeinthemountains