Take a journey through Arizona and Botswana for Chorley's Angels

Paul Williamsons photo of Monument Valley

Paul Williamsons photo of Monument Valley

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The community is invited to embark on a journey through the Grand Canyon, Las Vegas all the way to Alcatraz to support a first aid charity.

The community is invited to embark on a journey through the Grand Canyon, Las Vegas all the way to Alcatraz to support a first aid charity.

Paul Williamsons photo of Bryce Canyon

Paul Williamsons photo of Bryce Canyon

Travel photographer Paul Williamson, of Euxton, will host two digital slideshows at Chorley’s Angels First Aid Community Group at St George’s Church Hall, in Halliwell Street, on Wednesday March 29.

The first session, from 10.30am until noon, will take viewers from Arizona to Alcatraz; whilst the second, from 1.30pm until 3pm is about Cruising in South China Sea and Safaris in South Africa and Botswana.

Entry is £2, with money going towards Chorley’s Angels Community Group, which provides affordable first aid cover for local events, provided by experienced volunteers.

Paul, 67, a retired sales manager, is a member of several groups, including the Photographic Group of Chorley U3A.

Paul Williamsons photo of Boemeosa  Temple, Busan, South Korea

Paul Williamsons photo of Boemeosa Temple, Busan, South Korea

As he goes on his travels, he takes his camera to capture the wonders of the world.

He said: “In 2015 my wife, Pat, and I completed a South China Sea Cruise from Beijing to Singapore. This talk shows the Great Wall and the Forbidden City of Beijing and then features the scenery of other places we visited such as The Peace Park at Nagasaki, in Japan; the Buddhist Temples of Busan in South Korea and the beautiful gardens of Shanghai.

“We visited safaris in Kruger National Park and The Tuli Game Reserve in 2016.

“For the tourist these two places are quite different. Kruger is almost too neat and tidy - you always drive on smooth roads and rarely leave your vehicle. Tuli is vast, open, free and totally wild, you drive on dirt roads and extremely rough tracks. We were extremely lucky to see a pangolin, a truly rare animal that is also normally nocturnal. From our jeep I photographed many animals, including warthogs, lions, a leopard, elephants, hippos, wildebeests, buffaloes, crocodiles and numerous antelopes.

Paul Williamson

Paul Williamson

“Arizona to Alcatraz covers a journey from Phoenix Arizona to San Francisco. It takes in The Grand Canyon, Glen Canyon, Bryce Canyon, Zion Canyon, Monument Valley, Las Vegas and ends on Alcatraz Island with a trip around the prison and the only ever successful escape of three men.

“The scenery is all breathtaking; all four canyons have their own unique geographical features and Monument Valley is so vast and empty - apart from the iconic buttes and mesas.”