This is St. Aubin on Jersey, the next town west of St. Helier. Named after Saint Aubin of Angers, it is the principal settlement of the parish of St.Brelade. It is also very picturesque, especially in the “blue hour” after sunset. A panorama from three exposures.
The Olympics got off to an exciting start for us today as the road race came through our village, Oatlands, Weybridge, Surrey.
The motorcycle riders who preceded the cyclists were very jolly, waving to the crowd and sounding their sirens or horns. One even zig zagged down the road, much to the crowd’s delight.
It was very exciting when the cyclists finally appeared.
One of the USA riders seems to be staring at me but he is in fact looking at another rider moving up to his left, out of frame.
Twelve riders were out in front as the race came through Oatlands.
But at this early stage there was still everything to race for.
The Columbian rider caught here near the very back is Rigoberto Uran who come through to collect the Silver medal.
After the riders came all the support vehicles and a multitude of spare bikes and wheels. Notice how the shadows bottom left seem to be forming some Olympic rings?
Afterwards the crowds dispersed in very good cheer.
The stewards were really friendly and good humoured – doing a great job.
Tomorrow it’s the ladies’ turn and we’ll be there cheering them on.
One of the many interesting insects I snapped for the first time last year was this hoverfly. It’s a whopper and if you don’t know your hoverflies from your hornets, rather scary. This critter is designed to mimic the European Hornet, and it does a good job! Apparently this one is a male. Yes, I can now sex hoverflies – is there no end to the fairly useless and geeky things I am learning through photography?