Alba gets camera ready

Members of Alba Photographic Society enjoyed their trip to Lochwinnoch despite the weather.
Members of Alba Photographic Society enjoyed their trip to Lochwinnoch despite the weather.

The new season for Alba Photographic Society starts on Wednesday, September 24, in Netherton Community Centre.

This year they have been unable to stage the usual annual exhibition due to refurbishments at Wishaw Sports Centre and the demolition of Wishaw Library.

The club did have a few summer trips and the Commonwealth Games provided great opportunities for pictures.

Stan Miller, Lorna McDonald, Gordon Prentice and Rob Niven, set out for the Isle of Mull for a week long trip.

The group were based at a self catering cottage in the village of Dervaig and each day of the trip had something new as the island was a kaleidoscope of wonders, diverse scenery, abundant wildlife and the iconic Tobermory.

With time on the island the group also had the pleasure to visit Iona and the famous abbey.

One of the days was spent with a local guide who took them round parts of the island and was able to point out Golden Eagles, Sea Eagles and otters among others.

Closer to home Alba members gathered for a trip to the RSPB reserve at Lochwinnoch.

On arrival they were met by RSPB ranger Tabby Lamont who explained the aims of the reserve and then took them on a guided walk around the loch.

There was a chance of seeing otters among other species, however with the weather overcast and dreich, the scenery and wildlife of the area was not seen to any great advantage.

Nonetheless members agreed it was a worthwhile visit and look forward to returning next year after the reserve has undergone some extensive regeneration.

On completion of the visit the group adjourned to nearby Beith for some sustenance and a debrief on the journey.

Alba Photographic Society meets every Wednesday at 7.30pm in Netherton Community Centre during the season, for more information visit