Monday, 25 July 2016

Isle Of Man Photo Diary

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On the 16th of July, I went on a family holiday to the Isle Of Man with my parents. Overall, the week wasn't great. You can read more about that in my Dealing with negative mental experiences post, which went up yesterday where I explained why I struggled to get through the week. However, I don't want you all thinking it was a terrible trip with no positives! It definitely wasn't! There was lot's and lot's of positives for sure! 

One of the best things about the Isle Of Man is the scenery. OMG, it is stunning, beautiful, words can't describe it! It's the prettiest place I have ever been! We got to visit so many amazing places which I loved. You know I love photography, so I wasn't going to miss the opportunity to take lot's and lot's of photos, over 1000 to be exact. Yes, I went overboard, but I wanted to make sure I captured the perfect shots to treasure these memories forever!

Photography acted as a massive distraction for me when I was struggling during my holiday. When I had my camera in my hand, I was distracted from all the terrible intrusive thoughts inside my head. I also got the opportunity to use some of my filters and lenses which I haven't used in ages, which was so much fun! I hope you enjoy looking at my photos! It's a long post, so ya better grab a hot beavage and get comfy. 


On Sunday, the first thing we did was catch a tram up Snaefell, which is the highest point on the Isle Of Man. The scenery was absolutely stunning from the top, we picked the best day to go for sure, I got lots of lots of photos from all angles possible. After having a bite to eat, we headed back down the mountain. 

Isle Of Man Photo Diary Snaefell mountains lifestyle blogger

Isle Of Man Photo Diary Snaefell mountains

Isle Of Man Photo Diary Snaefell tram mountains

When we got back down, we walked to the Laxey wheel. Which is basically, this big red wheel which does something with water I guess, I don't know sorry; I wasn't that interested in its history. We got to go all the way to the top and even though I thought I was going to die, I did it! We then went into a mine which was pretty fun!

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Isle Of Man Photo Diary Laxey wheel

Afterwards, we drove down the road and visited a little beach called old Laxey. It's a super pretty beach and very peaceful! 

Isle Of Man Photo Diary Old Laxey beach photography

Where we were staying, near a place called Jurby there was a beach we could walk to in the evenings. It wasn't the best beach ever, but it was so long and most nights we were the only people on it, which was pretty cool! 

Isle Of Man Photo Diary Jurby beach
The next day, the first place we visited was this little folk village called Cregneash, which had lot's of little houses set up to show how people on the island used to live. It was actually pretty interesting and very adorable. We also saw a Manx cat. Manx cats are native to the island, and they don't have tails! They are so cute! 

Isle Of Man Photo Diary Cregneash village cute

Isle Of Man Photo Diary manx cat

Next, we visited a little place called Port Erin and took lots of photos of all the lovely buildings and the sea. 

Isle Of Man Photo Diary Port Erin summer photography

Isle Of Man Photo Diary Port Erin photography blogger

Isle Of Man Photo Diary Port Erin

Isle Of Man Photo Diary Port Erin

On Tuesday, we headed to a place called Peel! Funny name, I know! But OMG IT WAS STUNNING! The sea was so blue and beautiful. I am so happy I managed to capture the true colours of the sea using a polarising filter. While at Peel, we visited the castle, which was really fun to walk around and experiment with my camera. 

Isle Of Man Photo Diary beach Peel summer

Isle Of Man Photo Diary Peel castle summer

Isle Of Man Photo Diary Peel beach and castle

Isle Of Man Photo Diary Peel tower beach castle

Isle Of Man Photo Diary Peel beach summer

Isle Of Man Photo Diary Peel beach

We then headed over to this really cute place called Niarbyl, which looks a lot like Scotland to me! There wasn't much there to do, but it was lovely to visit nonetheless. 

Niarbyl Isle Of Man Photo Diary beach

Isle Of Man Photo Diary Niarbyl cottage

Isle Of Man Photo Diary Niarbyl mountains

Isle Of Man Photo Diary Niarbyl rocks beach

Later that day, we went to the most southernly point in the Isle of Man, at a place called Sound where you can see the Calf of Man, which is another island off the Isle of Man, but no one lives there. At Sound, there is a fantastic cafe, which serves some of the best food I have ever had! 

Isle Of Man Photo Diary Sound calf of man photography

Isle Of Man Photo Diary Calf of man Sound

On Wednesday, we went on an electric tram, this time from Ramsey to Douglas which is the capital of the island, although you wouldn't think so because it's so quiet. The ride up and down was very pleasant. We walked up the seafront and then got the horse tram back, which is something I had never done before, so that was exciting. 

Isle Of Man Photo Diary tram raiilway Dougals

Isle Of Man Photo Diary tram railway

Isle Of Man Photo Diary Tram horse railway Douglas

Isle Of Man Photo Diary electric tram railway Douglas

Isle Of Man Photo Diary tram railway electric Douglas

On Thursday, we did exploring to lots of little places around the island, one of my highlights was visiting the waterfall. This waterfall was so beautiful and gave me a perfect opportunity to use my neutral density filter, which is why in the photos you can see the water is blurred, but everything else is in crisp focus. It was so much fun to play around with my camera! Also please excuse how pale I look in the photo below, I was not ill, we just had the flash on because of the low light. 

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Isle Of Man Photo Diary waterfall

Isle Of Man Photo Diary waterfall

One of my absolute highlights of the trip was visiting the wildlife park on Friday morning. I took a lot of photos, many of which I am really proud of because I think they turned out really well. I fell in love with the animals especially the prairie dog. Come on, how can you not think it is cute?

Isle Of Man Photo Diary cute owl wildlife park

Isle Of Man Photo Diary baby meerkat

Isle Of Man Photo Diary emu photography wildlife park

Isle Of Man Photo Diary lemurs wildlife park

Isle Of Man Photo Diary lemur wildlife park

Isle Of Man Photo Diary meerkat wildlife park photography

Isle Of Man Photo Diary baby meerkat wildlife park

Isle Of Man Photo Diary monkey wildlife park

Isle Of Man Photo Diary peacock wildlife park

Isle Of Man Photo Diary Prairie dog wildlife park

Isle Of Man Photo Diary three lemurs wildlife park

One of the last things we did, was visit the northernmost point of the island, at a place called Point of Ayre. There was a beautiful lighthouse there which was a lot of fun to take pictures of and again experiment with my camera. 

Isle Of Man Photo Diary point of Ayre lighthouse

lighthouse Point of Ayre Isle Of Man Photo Diary

Lastly, I thought I would just share with you where we stayed for the week. We stayed in this two bedroom cottage, which is actually a converted barn. It had upstairs living, so we slept downstairs which was so fun! It was so cute and had everything we could ever need and more! I wish I could stay in this cottage forever. 


Isle Of Man Photo Diary cottage self catering Jurby

We visited some other places as well, and I look a lot more photos, but as this post is getting pretty long already, I thought it would be best if I just showed you some of my highlights from the holiday. Although my mental health gave me a rough time, being in such a beautiful and scenic place helped calm me down at times and taking all these photos, helped a lot!

I hope you enjoyed looking at my photos. Have you been on holiday yet or are you going next month? Where have you been or where are you going? I would love to know in the comments below!

Thank you for reading, as always x 

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22 comments

  1. I love all of these photos they're all so good and the weather looks lovely, I'm sorry to hear your holiday was a bit rubbishy at some points, but I'm glad that you've found something to take your mind off of everything:) Xx

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    1. aw thank you! Yes the weather was very nice! aww yeah, photography really helped x

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  2. These pictures are so great, I love the animal ones especially!
    Rachel // Rachel Ellen

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  3. Lovely photos! The animals ones are fab! That's beach kooks so lush too x

    Mybeautyandbrownies.blogspot.co.uk

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  4. These pictures are amazing! Sorry to hear the weekend wasn't as great as the photo's show...

    x L

    awkward-overload.blogspot.com

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    1. aw, thank you! Photography made it slightly better though x

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  5. Nice post! Your photos are AMAZING, I really want to get into photography more by getting a proper camera.
    Róisín
    totallyro.blogspot.ie

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    1. aw thank you so much! I hope one day you get the camera of your dreams xx

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  6. These photos are STUNNING!!!! I always love your photos you post xx

    Sophie | Sophie's Spot

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    1. aw thank you! I will try and do more photo diaries in the future x

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  7. I will always be in love with your photography Nicole! Lovely photos as usual xx
    blossomofhope.blogspot.com

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  8. Wow! This is a beautiful post, with the most stunning photographs! I love them :) What camera do you use? I'm sorry to hear that you had a hard time on holiday due to your mental health, but I'm really happy to hear all about the lovely experiences you had whilst visiting the Isle of Man. The scenery there looks so beautiful, and the cottage you stayed at is so pretty. I'd love to stay in a cottage some day.

    Oh my gosh, Peel looks AMAZING! That sea looks like it's abroad! Cregneash looks lovely too; I love folk villages and it's awesome that you spotted a Manx cat :) I've always wanted to see a red and white lighthouse like the one you saw at the Point of Ayre too. Yay! I'm glad that you got to see a waterfall like I did on my holidays to North Wales! Your photographs from the wildlife park are fantastic; my favourite are the lemur ones (I absolutely adore lemurs!) and the Emu.

    As you know, I've been to North Wales this year and I'm also going away for a few days to Southport in September :) I can't wait!

    Sarah | Raiin Monkey

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    1. aw thank you so much for your kind words as always. I was really proud of the way my wildlife park photos turned out! The isle of man is a beautiful place! I highly recommend you visit, especially Peel because that place is stunning! I use the Cannon 100D with a 18-55mm lens and a 55mm-250mm lens (which I took the animal photos with) xxx

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  9. These photos are amazing, it looks sooo gorgeous in the Isle of Man - plus you look lovely!

    Lucy | Forever September

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  10. Awesome photos! I saw this on your Snapchat and just had to check it out :)
    Steph x.
    marvelsteph.blogspot.co.nz

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  11. You're so so talented at photography, all of the pictures you took are incredibly beautiful! :) I'm glad to hear there were positive sides to your trip, even though you didn't have the best week x

    Sara’sChapters

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    1. AW Thank you so much! That means the world to me x

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