It was the beginning of a four-day weekend in Devon, where I would mostly be joining Brunel Walking Group on their annual “Christmas” away weekend. Where we travelled to Pembrokeshire in 2017; this year, we were destined to explore Dartmoor.
Since August 2017, when I purchased this camera, I’ve been using an Olympus Tough TG-4 waterproof digital camera for all of my photography and filming needs.
One of my biggest disappointments with this model has been the quality of audio recorded while filming outdoors. There’s not much I can do about the noise from the camera lens but I have often found the wind noise to be unacceptable (even with ‘wind noise reduction’ setting activated.
For a few months, I survived with a home-made remedy, with a strip of double-sided tape and a piece of 8mm thick foam mat on top… But the foam wasn’t to last very long and it would almost go too far in reducing the capture of audio generally.
In the six-years that I’ve been heading outdoors on a regular basis, I’ve yet to experience what’s known as a true cloud inversion, where you find yourself (often situated on a high point) stationed above the level of cloud; masking the landscape beneath it.
I imagine this is easier to experience in mountain environments, given the greater elevation above sea level. But, where I live in North Somerset, there aren’t many mountains and so, without being a meteorologist, I wouldn’t known when or where to search for this experience while staying close to home.
In early October, I went for a local walk up and over the hill and down in to Goblin Combe. This is an area I know very well; having grown up to one side of the woods and now, having lived on the opposite side for the past five-years.
With every visit to a familiar place, there’s always something different you can discover.
Until very recently, I was the nominated Footpaths Representative for Brunel Walking Group in Bristol. My duties were few, while I was mostly responsible for recording and reporting incidents we encountered along the local public right of way network, to the relevant authority.
It’s fair to say that very few group members (from an active membership of four hundred-plus) got in touch to inform me of obstructions or interference they may’ve encountered on their own walks (obviously, I can be on every group walk all of the time). But one of the more recent reports led me to undertake my own investigation across the Mendip Hills and in to East Somerset.