Weekly Photo Challenge: Partners


I’m all at sea this week, not me personally, just the photographs. For this weeks challenge we’re going just off the coast of Prestatyn, my home town. So let’s make a start. First up is a partnership between the Rhyl Lifeboat and an Royal Air Force Rescue Helicopter. Sadly we won’t see this anymore as the aging fleet of Sea King helicopters are being phased out and Helicopter Rescue Services are now done by a civilian contractor. In this case it’s just an exercise. practicing transfer to and from the lifeboat. I’ll miss the big yellow helicopters as we often would see them in the Snowdonia National Park.

Rescue Me

On to another partnership, this time between Wales and Ireland. The Nostag is a cable laying ship which is putting in place the undersea power cable which will allow the two countries to share electricity resources. The cable is dropped into an underground trench and then remote vehicles fill the trench in.

Nostag

OK! Not strictly at sea with this one but everyone calls them sea gulls. In reality, their Herring Gulls and a damn nuisance. They’re urban flying rats, raiding bins, attacking other birds, crapping all over roofs and cars, attacking people during the breeding season and just after. Yet, nothing can be done about them, in the UK they are a protected species. But the chick s ar kind of cute and make for a good photograph, as long as you use a long lens and keep your distance. The parents will take it turn about to sit on the nest whilst the eggs are hatching and then once hatched, one or the other will stay very close whilst the other goes in search of food.

Proud Parents

My final photograph this week is from a competition involving fast little boats call ZapCats. It takes two people, one to steer and the other to balance out weight distribution as these little boats hurtle around a pre-determined course.

Zapcats

Well, that’s it for this week and I hope you enjoyed the photographs. As usual, here’s what other bloggers are saying about this weeks challenge.

Wall of Fusions Freedom is Escapade
Partners in – – Lisa Jill Singh
Loving Couples – Weekly Photo Challenge
Elizabatz Gallery Weekly Photo Challenges- Partners
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Claudia Curici Photography What a day…
hereisandrea weekly photo challenge- partners
Giggles & Tales Partners – Weekly Photo Challenge!
The Everyday Photographer by J.E. Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge- Partners
West Sac Photographer Partners

9 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Partners

  1. jmacindoe June 30, 2016 / 05:06

    Wonderful collection of shots!

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    • Mike Hardisty July 1, 2016 / 17:08

      Thank you. Living where I do means I have access to both the sea and the mountains. I live in a coastal town but the mountains are just a short drive away.

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  2. petspeopleandlife June 30, 2016 / 05:35

    Zap cats, and that is an appropriate name for sure. Never heard of them but it looks to be a good sport but perhaps a bit dangerous. I suppose we have them in the US but maybe not. Finally it does seem a shame to let go of the military rescue helicopters. I’d miss them too if I lived in Wales. Their presence is very prominent.

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    • Mike Hardisty July 1, 2016 / 17:13

      Those old helicopters where costing more and more to maintain, Yvonne. I have a softness for them being ex Air Force but I suppose in the end the practicalities of keeping them safely flying had to weight the decision to disband. No other helicopter in the fleet was suitable so it was contracted out to a civilian company. I don’t know how it is in the USA, but here in the UK, if you have to be rescued, your fault or not, it’s free. Most people though who do end up being rescued make donations to the land based Mountain Rescue Teams.

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  3. Mitchell Lorens July 2, 2016 / 04:54

    Ha! Wow, I so enjoyed this post! I remember building a Sea King helicopter as a kid and it was always a favorite. Now to see it in action is really meaningful. Partner’s, indeed! Thanks for posting!!

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    • Mike Hardisty July 2, 2016 / 14:45

      It’s just a shame we will no longer see it in action Mitchell. The new Red and White Sikorsky’s have been seen around but I suppose my soft spot for the yellow peril has me biased against it.

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