Well…it’s been a while..I think August got lost!

I took a holiday from No More Dead Pixels on the 28th of July this year. A WordPress holiday that was meant to coincide with our family summer vacation. This would mean lazing around in the Canarian sunshine, tanning and an occasional dip in the pool to cool off. Oh I forgot to mention the cocktails…but thats another story. I took the iPad along to watch films on the aircraft and to collect the occasional email but nothing else. I even added a WordPress app to be on standby, just in case I captured the image of the century. More of a hope than a probability, had I captured the image of the day let alone the century I am quietly confident that a quick splash in the newspapers would have been enough to make me want to phone home let alone want to write a blog about it.


I didn’t even take a DSLR with me. How is that for a shock? Well, flying Ryanair does have its restrictions in more ways than one. We decided not to take Mr O’Learys’ offer of hold luggage at £10 million per item each way and managed to jam pack four small cases that would conform to cabin baggage regulations. This in turn meant that my trusty DSLR would have its own holiday….safely locked away in a case at my mother-in-laws. Before you ask, yes I would miss it. The number of idyllic photo opportunities that would present themselves were beyond belief. I had to put faith in my reserve kit and a very “hand-luggage” friendly Canon Powershot G9. And thats where the image above comes from. Two Canon Camera Raw images stitched together and edited using Photoshop CS6. Not all bad then eh?

Lanzarote was fantastic though. Exactly what we had planned; a “family” holiday with no pressures and a complete chill-ax. Fantastic nights out with some lovely meals and visiting old friends. It feels really good to walk in to a bar and be instantly recognised then greeted with “Hello again….” or in some cases even called by name. A big thanks to all Danny, Lisa, Jamie & Lindsay at Sunset Beach Bar along with all the staff…as ever, you were fantastic.

Coming back home I managed to secure a window seat again. I had managed this on the inbound journey without contest. Booking a seat with Ryanair does have its plus points as once all priority boarders are all seated there then is an option to reconsider your current location and relocate somewhere better. Which is exactly what I did. On the flight to Lanzarote I had noticed some very large circular fields whilst cruising at 40,000ft over Portugal. I had decided to take a second look at these on the way back. I really couldn’t believe the size of these fields as some of them must have been at least a mile wide to be noticeable from the air. I wasn’t able to get a decent image of them as the wing was getting in the way but the first thing I did when I got home was to get straight on to Google Earth and try to find them.


Above is the screen grab from Google Earth. You can clearly see what I am talking about now… To answer my question and possibly some of your’s… these are created by something called large circular irrigation or centre pivot irrigation. Centre Pivot Irrigation is also called circle irrigation, it is a method of crop irrigation in which equipment rotates around a pivot and crops are watered with sprinklers. A circular area centered on the pivot is irrigated, often creating a circular pattern in crops when viewed from above (sometimes referred to as crop circles).Most center pivots were initially water-powered, and today most are propelled by electric motors. So there you go, we all need to learn something new everyday, this is my contribution.

The British summer was laughable wasnt it? Either side of our summer holidays the weather was atrocious, which is an understatement really. It was quite a culture shock to actually feel the heat of the sun on your skin on consecutive days whilst in Lanzarote. Something I could easily get used to….honest.  At the end of the eleventh day the flight home beckons and I begin asking myself questions…all of the answers reaching the same conclusion. Yes, I could quite happily stay on this island indefinitely should the funds were available. So if anyone reading this wants to support a mid-forties photographer to live on Lanzarote with his wife and family. In return  I will try  to turn out a nice photo once in a while…. then give me a call or drop me a line. I’ll give it a go…..honest.

Thanks for reading this far…only a short one, as I get back in to blogging I will write more. Trust me, I have a lot to say



About Mark Winterbourne

A little about me … well, what can I say. I started photography back in 1979 when I was just 11 years old. I was given a 35mm SLR Camera by my late Grandfather as a birthday present. The camera was a Russian built Zenit EM and built like a house brick. Many of my slides on here are taken with the very same camera. My passion stemmed from my Grandfathers love of photography and in particular his fondness of the English Lake District. I will showcase his work on here in the coming months, but there are over 10,000 slides and I have quite a task ahead of me scanning them in. In the late eighties and early nineties I moved on to autofocus SLR’s and began to accumulate quite a stash of equipment. In between my full time employment and sleeping I started doing small photographic assignments for freinds, family and small businesses. In the early 2000′s I started using a digital camera and traed all my traditional film cameras in for more equipment. My Camera Equipment Canon EOS 20D Body BGE2N Battery Grip Canon EOS 50D Body BGE2N Battery Grip Canon 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 EF-S Lens Canon EF 75-300mm f/4.0-5.6 III Lens Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 L IS USM Sigma 28-105 F2.8-4 DG Lens Sigma 50-500mm f/4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM Canon 580EX Speedlite Flashgun Canon CP-E4 Compact Battery Pack for 580EX I took an avid interest in aviation photography at the start of the 2000′s when digital cameras became more accessible. My enjoyment was taken up a level when I discovered I could mix my love of light & colour with aviation photography by taking photographs. In 1983 I suffered a head injury which was diagnosed as a brain tumour. LIfe soon returned to normal in 1984 but in the early part of 2002 things turned nasty and headaches and sickness returned. To date I dont have a surgeon willing to operate on me and struggle by day to day. You will find more about this in my blogs……. Nothing will stop my photography, not even this head injury….this blog reflects my day to day life as a person with an interest in photography….with a headache to match Hope you enjoy….please feel free to contact me, anytime

Posted on September 22, 2013, in Blogging & Wordpress and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. I am new to your blog, and found it because of a post you made on January 20th of this year. I was wondering if you ever got a response to the email you sent to Tanya Chalkin?

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