Gorillas in our midst in Welwyn Garden City

PUBLISHED: 09:03 03 September 2011

Photo of a gorilla taken by Derek Dewey-Leader at Port Lympne Wildlife Park near Folkestone.

Photo of a gorilla taken by Derek Dewey-Leader at Port Lympne Wildlife Park near Folkestone.

Copyright: Derek Dewey-Leader

GORILLAS will be on the prowl in WGC town centre this weekend – but there’s no need to be alarmed.

For the apes are in picture form only, and are part of a WGC Photographic Club exhibition taking place in the Howard Centre.

The gorilla photos were taken by club member Derek Dewey-Leader, who found you do not have to go to far-off locations such as the Congo to photograph them in natural-looking surroundings – he went to Port Lympne Wild Animal Park near Folkestone!

He said: “It was a Darwinian moment when we actually saw a huge silverback gorilla walking upright.

“I haven’t seen that before.”

A stunning shot of quiver trees in southern Namibia is also in the exhibition, and was taken by club member Rachel Dunsdon.

She said: “We went in the rainy season which gave us quite a challenge travelling around, but also led to some spectacular photo opportunities.

“My shot was taken in the golden hour before sunset, and I loved the colours of the vegetation and trees at that time of day.”

The club’s annual start-of-season display will be on show on both Saturday and Sunday, during the shopping centre’s opening hours.

Club chairman Colin Mahoney added: “The Howard Centre exhibition is always a good showcase for the club because we can display the range of our members’ work.

“It attracts a lot of public interest at the start of our new season.”

* The club’s regular Tuesday night meetings start up again this week, at the Terrace Suite, Campus West.

Open to anyone who has an interest in photography, the membership includes a mix of beginners through to more advanced photographers.

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