On Sunday my photography class had a field trip. We headed out to the coast at a place called Calshot which is right next to the Fawley oil refinery and also boasts an activities centre run by the local council.
In addition to these delights there are ships, wildlife, marshes, beach huts, and a host of other treasures. Our brief was Go Explore!
I started with the wildlife and was charmed to find this egret pottering about the base of the old castle before taking off to sit on the top.
There were also lots of Oyster Catchers enjoying the low tide
and it's a long time since I saw so many shells on a beach
As well as these natural wonders there was man-made detritus on the shore too, such as old tyres.
But I was getting chilly, maybe it was time to explore inside. Calshot was an airfield from 1913 to the 1960s and the activity centre is housed in the old aircraft hangers
The main attraction indoors from a photography point of view was the velodrome
I've never been inside a velodrome before. It was impressive! I still can't work out how they mange to stick to the walls
It also gave me a chance to practice panning
Back outside again I focused on the more industrial landscape
boats and chimneys
before ending up with a visit to the beach huts
verdict - cold but fun!