If you haven’t already seen it the free exhibition of photographs ‘captured by the public and inspired by the wonderful wildlife all around us’ at Leeds City Museum is well worth seeing. It runs until 17 August and is split into various categories – animal behaviour, beautiful botany, beautiful Yorkshire, British wildlife, Leeds wildlife, wild Yorkshire & world wildlife.
There are some truly beautiful photographs, most of them clearly taken by people who know quite a bit about cameras & photograph, albeit members of ‘the public’. The winning shot of the Leeds & Liverpool canal I thought bore a resemblance to the photo Mike Bush once took for Leeds Wellbeing Web. And the ‘Ragged Hawthorn’ which is described as ‘an iconic shot’ of the Dales National Park were two that stood out. Also an extraordinary photo of a fox escaping with an egg in it’s mouth. If you love Yorkshire, or flowers, or wildlife then you’ll enjoy this.
Meetup helps people get together in real life. There are many groups in Leeds and it’s free!
Meetup is an online international social networking site which enables people to set up social groups in their local area. Meetup in Leeds has a lot to choose from including: Walking, Cinema, Bookcrossing and Photography groups. It’s free to join although sometimes the group owner may charge a small fee towards their subscription costs.
Meetup was set up in New York after 9/11. It was observed that during this very sad time a sense of community had developed. People began to enquire as to how each other were. This sense of community inspired a technologically minded group of people to set up a social networking site – to use the internet to get people off the internet!
A friendly chat with someone can do wonders to improve our mood and sometimes it’s really important to have some fun too! One of the aims of Leeds Wellbeingweb is to blog about cheap or free activities and events which people can access to improve their wellbeing.