I travelled to the seaside town of Ayr yesterday to take part in the 4th Ayr Winter Image Show It was held in an alternative venue this year as the club rooms in Alloway were closed for essential maintenance. The numbers attending this event continue to grow and each year more trees are brought along for display. Display tables for the trees were placed around the elaborately decorated walls of the banqueting room in the Savoy Park Hotel and the centre of the space was laid out for dining. The tables in the centre of the room were well used but made the space feel quite cramped and while they were occupied they created a hindrance to viewing the trees.
The layout of the space, the lack of a backdrop for the display tables and the poor lighting made photography very challenging indeed. Here are some of the better images I managed to take. I have included species and owners name if known to me.
Jim Conlin’s Root over rock Chinese Juniper
Peter Thorne’s English Elm
Peter Thorne’s Siberian Elm
Sauro’s Cork Barked Elm
Dougie Smith’s Chinese Juniper Styled by Kimura
Ian Mc Dougal’s Twin trunk Larch
Carlisle Club Member’s Deshojo Maple over rock
Ian Mc Dougal’sScots Pine
Ian McDougal’s Scots Pine
Robert Porch’s Shohin Scots Pine. I liked the trunk and the exposed roots on this one
Sauro’s white pine with lichen covered trunk. I love this one.
Robert Porch’s shohin Malus
Jim Conlin’s triple trunk Larch
Here are my 2 entries a Japanese Larch and a Blaauws Juniper. Compare this picture to the following 2, which were taken yesterday with a backdrop and adequate light. Imagine how much better the record of this event would be if all the trees were photographed like this.