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31st July 2010

ROSS TO SYMONDS YAT ON THE RIVER WYE..........................
...............................................(LEARNING FROM EXPERIENCE)

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'Let's take the boat from Ross to Symonds Yat tomorrow,' suggested Tina...........................................................................................
'Why not!' I replied, enthusiastically. 'We can film the journey for Wyenot'.

Filming this journey for another tourism video had been something I had had in mind for a long while.

Well you learn from experience! We had a very nice day actually, out on the river seeing only a few fishermen en-route but it was far from being the easy day I had imagined. Following the very dry month of June, the water level was low and I think I walked five of the fifteen mile journey, in the water, towing the boat with Tina in it. It took seven hours. Three days later, muscles in my legs, which I did not know I had are still aching.

I took with me two video cameras and a stills camera to film the journey. However. With all the dodging underwater boulders and constantly climbing in and out of the boat, all the real video shot was next to useless. I am going to wait until the river level rises and re-shoot the journey alone. I do not mean 'alone' in an arrogant way. Tina and I had a lovely day out together, which was the main object of the exercise. It is just the boat was too small for the two of us, plus all the gear and this made accurate filming impossible.

In the mean time. Some might still like to see the beautiful scenery in the version below, which uses the intended proper video at the beginning but then switches to a stop-motion stills animation as I did manage some good stills along the route - four thousand of them in fact. This is 7 hours in 9 minutes. I hope you enjoy watching. The proper version will follow as soon as I achieve a good filming run.


Ross-on-Wye to Symonds Yat by River..

Swans.

Wild deer.
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