Wednesday, 1 December 2021
Sunday, 21 November 2021
How Do All,
I rode to and along the Jubilee River just outside of Windsor, to try and take some pictures of the river. It was nice when I left, sunshine and nice wind but by the time I got there it was grey, cold and blustery.
You can read about the jubilee river here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jubilee_River
My friend Adrian joined me and I'm not sure he expected so much fun in such a short time.
I had a bit of trouble launching my kite from a bridge I wanted to get in the photos, and due to the wind direction my intended idea of the bridge being in the shots was out of the window.
I made several mistakes today and learned some valuable lessons, I'm really good at that, but I find this the best way to learn, if a little costly sometimes!
Firstly in my haste to fly I fixed a lighter line than I usually use, and with the wind I should have known better, but at supposedly 110dan I thought I was covered.
Next I managed to nick the line in the gate hook of my carabiner somehow but decided this was superficial fluff and carried on sending the camera up.
After a few minutes there was a little jolt and my kite separated from the main line and flew off across a farmers field, camera still attached just and headed towards a tree, the camera slid off the line and went down like it was floating, and the kite stopped in the top of a tree, sigh, I thought I had lost them both, I suppose I should be thankful they didn't fly off over the trees and out of sight across the Thames
Luckily the kite was facing the right way and the line attached was plenty and trailed across the field, I was able to fly the kite right out of the tree and saved it with no damage, Yay!
My friend Adrian helped look for the camera and luckily I eventually spotted it nowhere near where we thought it might have landed.
Sadly I have no pictures of the kite rescue as taking more photos was the last thing on my mind.
We decided to call it a day as it was so cold and windy and headed off to Windsor for a tea.
Out of 200 photos the last 123 exposures were of the ground from ground level in any case!