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December 2011 - "Overflow"

Kennall Vale - Tucked away in a wooded valley near the village of Ponsanooth, the old Gunpowder Works were in operation from the 1800s until the early 20th Century, when they were forced to close due to the invention of dynamite. Today, the remains stand in a nature reserve maintained by The Cornwall Wildlife Trust.

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November 2011 - "Ghosts in the Night"

Something a little different this month showing the spirit of the Clipper 11-12 Race which will be in Australasian waters during November.

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October 2011 - "Sundowner"

Sundowner - just one of the many cocktails served on the beautiful island of Fonimagoodhoo in the Maldives. Now a hotel, the island is located in the north-east of Baa Atoll measuring just 600m by 200m.

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September 2011 - "Illustrious"

The aircraft carrier HMS Illustrious supported the start of Clipper 11-12 Round the World Race - one of her final duties before leaving the Royal Navy. More photos of this magnificent ship together with shots revealing the excitement of the start of this challenging yacht race are in the gallery at www.photos-of-boats.com.

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August 2011 - "Twins"

Marmosets are highly active, living in the upper canopy of forest trees, and feeding on insects, fruit and leaves. They have long lower incisors, which allow them to chew holes in tree trunks and branches to harvest the gum inside; some species are specialised feeders on gum.

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July 2011 - "Round the Island"

This year's race, the 80th in it's history, saw 1908 entrants battle against Force 7-9 gale force winds. A record number of rescues were reported by the RNLI and 1303 of the entrants completed the course. More pictures will be available soon and will be announced in the Better Photographs Blog.

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June 2011 - "Bluebell Woods"

A bluebell wood is a woodland that in spring-time has a carpet of bluebells (Hyacinthoides non-scripta) underneath a newly forming leaf canopy. The thicker the summer canopy, the more competitive ground-cover is suppressed, encouraging a dense carpet of bluebells, whose leaves mature and die down by early summer.

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May 2011 - "Lilac Glow"

The British Colonialist rulers of Ceylon established the Peradeniya Botanic Gardens that contribute, today, towards the enlightenment of concepts of floriculture conservation, birdlife conservation, butterfly conservation, biodiversity and sustainability of the island of Sri Lanka: 5% of the school children of Sri Lanka visit the Peradeniya gardens every year.

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April 2011 - "Tea View"

Looking East from the Hethersett Tea Plantation in Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka. Now converted into a hotel, this tea factory is over 5,300 feet above sea level and still manages the old plantation and processes it's own tea.

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March 2011 - "Me and my Shadow"

Mantis religiosa, referred to as the European Mantis outside of Europe and known simply as the Praying Mantis in Europe and elsewhere, is one of the most well-known and widespread species of the order Mantodea. Originating in southern Europe, the European Mantis was introduced to North America in 1899 on a shipment of nursery plants. Now they are found all over the north-eastern United States and Canada to the Pacific Northwest. The European Mantis is usually 5–7.5 cm (2–3 inches) in length, and has shades of bright green to tan. It can be distinguished easily by a black-ringed spot beneath the fore coxae. It is one of several different insects for which a name used within Europe to refer to only a single insect species (in this case, "praying mantis") has become adopted throughout the globe to refer to the larger group of insects to which that one species belongs (e.g., compare "hornet" to European hornet, or "wasp" to common wasp).

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February 2011 - "Night Life"

A trip to Sydney is not complete without enjoying the life and all the scenes of Darling Harbour at night time.

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January 2011 - "Legless"

Not so much the result of too much "Christmas Cheer"; more a case of "Too Cold to Touch" during our coldest December for 100 years.

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