Tuesday, 31 December 2013

Outliving All, Forever in Our Thoughts and Three Elephants

"Outliving All" :- A large and extremely ancient Yew tree stands in the churchyard of St. Mary & St. Peter´s in Wilmington, Sussex, England. The tree is estimated to be over 1,600 years old so was standing in its place way before the 11th Century church was built. This means that the tree was planted somewhere around 400 AD and is now considered to be the oldest living yew tree in England. The trunk is so huge (it has a girth of 23 feet / 7.0 m) that much of the tree has to be supported by telegraph poles (cut to size).

"Forever in Our Thoughts" :- When I look at this view I do not see twisted metal, a skeletal frame or iron posts supporting nothing. I see a grand and elegant Victorian pier standing off the shore of Brighton beach offering entertainments, music and laughter. I can remember walking on her decks in the early 70's. There was crazy golf and a hall of mirrors and none of the noisy flashing arcade games that we see today. It was of an age and time gone by where things were more refined and relaxed. Your senses had a chance of surviving a day out instead of being bombarded from all directions. Now she sits, silent and forlorn with her elegant shape bared for all to see. The rest of her has long since gone, destroyed by storms and fire but I still think she's a beauty and I love her so very much.

"Three Elephants" :- I shot this image within the Maesa Elephant Camp which is a privately owned elephant camp less than one hour from the city of Chiang Mai in Northern Thailand. I patiently waited for the crowds to die down and the mahouts then very kindly rode and steered the elephants into position for the photo. I love this image because of the intense and bright sunlight, the shaded pachyderms (elephants) and the tall trees in the background. The camp currently has 73 elephants and approximately 80 mahouts.

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Monday, 30 December 2013

Level Cycle Lane, Watts and Water and Slats

"Level Cycle Lane" :- "The Level" is a municipal park situated between Richmond Terrace and Ditchling Road in Brighton. I grew up in this area and lived just up the road so this park was a place a I frequented a lot as a child. Twice a year the travelling fair would set up and stay for a couple of weeks. I loved it. The Level has recently undergone a complete restoration, a new skateboard / bike park has been created and the children's play area has been completely redesigned and landscaped. The park also has a large elm tree collection which supports a colony of (endangered species) White-letter Hairstreak butterflies.

"Watts and Water" :- Low tide at dusk on Brighton beach. According to the Brighton Pier website it takes 62,000 light bulbs to illuminate Brighton Pier using a selection of energy saving bulbs, neons and low voltage lights. I think this image of mine somehow evokes a feeling of the 30's and 40's, an age where gentlemen wore trilby hats, shirts, ties, pleated trousers and two tone shoes.

"Slats" :- This image is something a little different and not the sort of thing that I normally photograph. It's of a large air vent to a car park that's around the back of Brighton Town Hall in Bartholomew Square. It caught me eye because it was dented and a bit out of whack. I thought it was very visual in an abstract sort of way.

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Sunday, 29 December 2013

Ornate Doorway, Stone Artistry and Along the Beach

"Ornate Doorway" :- From the late 1700's to the early 1800's Brighton saw a magnificent structure rise and take shape. Starting of life as a reasonably modest farmhouse it soon began to grow as various designers added their ideas and extensions to it. Between 1815 and 1822 the designer John Nash redesigned it and greatly extended it once again until it looked like the Royal Pavilion that's become so very famous today. This is one of the ornate doors that's set into a wall on Church Street that's part of the Pavilion and Dome complex.

"Stone Artistry" :- An interior shot of Chichester's mighty and very beautiful Cathedral. The Cathedral was founded in 1075 but the "bridge" section you see in this image is an early 15th century screen known as the "Bell-Arundel Screen". It was removed in 1859 but was thankfully restored to its original place in 1961 as a memorial to Bishop Bell. t amazes me that these incredible Cathedrals throughout Europe were built without computer aided technology or heavy machinery. They were a labour of love and took 100's of years to complete. The stonework and artistry is exquisite.

"Along the Beach" :- A dramatic and quite surreal view of the cliffs and undercliff walk that runs for 4.02 kilometers (2.5 miles) from Brighton Marina all the way along to Saltdean. It's quite a barren and alien landscape from here as no structures or buildings can be seen at all apart from the sea wall itself and the odd set of steps that lead down to the beach. This is the way I often walk into town and I'll be walking this way once again later on today. This image is looking East and was taken from the Eastern protective arm of the Marina itself.

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Saturday, 28 December 2013

Fire in the Mountains, Room Service and Cemetery Gates

"Fire in the Mountains" :- Breathtaking and stunning. Mother nature shows off her beauty and sheer power in one awesome display. This shot was taken somewhere between the cities of Deva and Sebeș in Romania as were driving on route to Constanța by the Black Sea. It was a fascinating (but gruelling) journey as the scenery constantly changed as we travelled through cities, towns and villages, wide open spaces and switch back mountain roads. I thought Romania was such a beautiful looking country.

"Room Service" :- The streets of Brighton (England) are very quiet and deserted at 02:00 am in the morning. I was walking back home after a drink laden evening in one of Brighton's many bars and kept stopping along the way to grab the odd shot or two as I'd had the sense to take my camera with me. This business is located in Upper St James's Street and specialises in mid 20th century furniture, lighting, objects and art. The road and pavement were wet from the rain and the light spill caught my eye as it bounced out the window and into the street.

"Cemetery Gates" :- The Brighton and Preston Cemetery was opened in 1886 and once you enter through the ornate stone carved gate you'll find (approximately) 28 acres of grounds. The cemetery was laid out on land that was formerly Scabe's Castle Farm situated between Hartington Road and the south side of the Brighton Parochial Cemetery. The stone gate itself is constructed of terracotta, flint, and wrought iron and is dated 1885. Like a lot of Victorian architecture the gate is Gothic in style.

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Friday, 27 December 2013

Fair Light, 1930's Bus Stop and Doom and Gloom

"Fair Light" :- All the fun of the fair on the end of the pier. The sunsets on yet another day in the seaside resort of Brighton on the south coast of England. It had been a gloriously hot July day, the beach had been packed with people and Brighton was how it should be with the sounds of laughter, bars, gulls, live music and enjoyment.

"1930's Bus Stop" :- It had been raining hard all afternoon and into the evening. Everyone looked miserable and fed up with the damp, cold air. The lights from traffic glared off the wet roads and seemed to drive home the fact that summer was so far away. One of Brighton's old 1930's Art Deco tram shelters stood like a beacon in the darkness, illuminated from the inside. It's design looks very much in the "Streamline Moderne" style and English Heritage has listed the shelters at Grade II.

"Doom and Gloom" :- Threatening looking clouds roll in over the English Channel as sunlight attempts to break through and highlight the odd patch of sea. In the far distance and out on the horizon it's already raining hard. The temperature dropped and the wind picked up. Reading all the signs I made my way back home before getting caught by it all. This image was taken from the top of the cliffs at Ovingdean Gap on the south coast of England.

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Thursday, 26 December 2013

A New Perspective, Shady View and All That Glistens

"A New Perspective" :- When photographing the Victorian Bandstand on the seafront I usually stand with my back to Brighton, facing the sea so that the ornate and beautiful Victorian craftsmanship can be clearly seen and photographed. This time I thought i'd do something different so i stood with my back to the sea and looked back up the beach towards the raised bandstand with brighton forming the backdrop. It gives you an idea of it's location and close proximity to the coast road and other architecture. The bandstand (also affectionately known as 'The Birdcage') was designed by a Brighton Borough Surveyor named Phillip Lockwood. It was completed in 1884 and is considered to be one of the finest examples of a Victorian bandstand still surviving in England today.

"Shady View" :- Saltdean beach and seafront as seen from the steps of the 1930's built Whitecliffs Cafe on the south coast of England. Whilst Brighton's architecture is predominantly Georgian and Victorian Saltdean's is very much 1930's. As well as the beach cafe Saltdean also boasts two buildings that were designed by the British architect Richard William Herbert Jones. Both the Art Deco Lido and the Grand Ocean Hotel (now the Grand Ocean Apartments) were completed in 1938 and still exude their 1930's look to this very day.

"All That Glistens" :- So long after we are gone just what will our planet look like? If some sort of entity in centuries from now were to land on Earth and see what we'd left behind what exactly would it make of us or think of us? Derelict buildings come in all shapes and sizes, from Royal Palaces and Grand Theatres to tower blocks and housing estates. Would it be able to work out that all were used by the same race of people or would it assume that there was a divide in race? Would it work out that some structures were built to look like they did like the Eiffel Tower and that others were merely shells like the West Pier on Brighton seafront in this image? All these thoughts and questions lead me to one conclusion and that is why I never trust an "Expert" when they inform me about how it used to be in Ancient Egypt or during the Dark Ages or when Neanderthal Man or Dinosaurs walked the earth. We know very little but always like to sound like we know it all. We don't. We speculate, surmise & assume and often end up the wrong path completely. Unless it was all written down (which it wasn't) we haven't got a clue ... no more than an entity would if it landed here in the far and distant future.

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Wednesday, 25 December 2013

Blue Properties, Marina Subpass and Nautica

"Blue Properties" :- An estate / property agents sits locked up and quiets for the night in a 19th Century residential estate in the east of Brighton (East Sussex, England, UK) known as Kemp Town. The area was named after Thomas Read Kemp (December 23, 1782 – December 20, 1844) who conceived and financed the construction of the area and later fled Britain in 1837 to escape his creditors. He later died in Paris is buried in Père Lachaise Cemetery.

"Marina Subpass" :- An unsightly man made environment and world. A mass of concrete and metal. No greenery, trees, plants or grass to be seen. No blue sky or clear water. Just hard walls and floor. This is one of the the public tunnels that runs from the car park to the cinema, gym and casino in Brighton Marina. It's not the most glamorous or aesthetically pleasing constructions I have seen. It's cold, bare and often blowing a gale through it.

"Nautica" :- Not a shot from Brighton but a shot of the small Marina at Newhaven in Sussex, England. In the distance (up on the hill) you can make out the old World War II fort (far left) and the Newhaven NCI (National Coastwatch Institution) lookout which is built on the cliff top on Castle Hill over 250 feet above sea level (left of centre). The lookout and fort were built on this location because on a clear day, a total exceeding 400 square miles can be observed and watched over. Webcams (East & West) from the Newhaven NCI Lookout can be found here :- http://www.newhavenwebcams.co.uk/

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Tuesday, 24 December 2013

The Chain Pier, Two Bales and Exit Road

"The Chain Pier" :- A very rare sight on Brighton beach as there needs to be a severely low tide for the remains of these old oak posts (sunk ten feet into the bedrock) to be exposed. Even when they are on view many pass them by without giving them a second thought or glance but I know exactly what they are and their history. These are the foundation remains of one of the pylons that once supported The Royal Suspension Chain Pier in Brighton. It was designed by Captain Samuel Brown rn and built in 1823 and was the first major pier to be built in Brighton, England. It was built as a landing stage for packet boats going to Dieppe on the coast of France. There were also a small number of attractions on it one of which was a camera obscura. Both Turner and Constable made paintings of the pier and King William IV once landed on it. The Chain Pier was eventually destroyed by a severe storm on 4th December 1896.

"Two Bales" :- Down on the farm. Well ... walking past it actually as this is the route I sometimes take when walking into Brighton from the village of Ovingdean on the south coast of England. Once you turn off from the main village road there's a wide unmade road for the first part of the walk which then turns into a dirt track. It passes right by part of the village farm so the journey is suddenly filled with the sights, sounds and smells of rural life. This is a shot of the side of the huge cowshed.

"Exit Road" :- No prizes for guessing where I was when I took this shot. I thought i'd do something different from "the norm" by turning my back on the sea, boats and marina village and concentrating on a shot of the huge raised entrance and exit roads of the marina. The higher of the two (with "Brighton Marina" painted on its side) is the entrance road, the lower is the exit road that goes into and through the wall. I was standing on the upper most level of the multi-storey car park looking North to get this shot.

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Monday, 23 December 2013

Emerald Field, Defying Gravity and Sea Legs

"Emerald Field" :- Rich , lush crops and greenery stretch up towards the boundary wall of a farmer's field in the ancient village of Ovingdean on the outskirts of Brighton in the south of England. The village dates back a long way as it was already in existence in 1086 as it has a couple of entries in the Domesday book. Evidence has been found of a medieval manor house in one of these fields. If you take the public footpath and right of way up over the hill in the shot it brings you out near Roedean and the edge of Brighton itself. It's a walk I have taken many times and it offers wonderful sea views.

"Defying Gravity" :- The water was calm and still as I took an early evening stroll past Brighton Marina that the buildings and their respective reflections gave the appearance of everything simply floating in space. It's very rare that you see it like this without a ripple. There's usually at least one gull floating around disturbing the mirrored effect and often it's accompanied by a plastic cup, bag or some rubbish floating by too.

"Sea Legs " :- A thick sea mist rolled in by the remains of the West Pier on Brighton Beach. All sounds were deadened and muffled. No cries from nearby gulls, no lapping of water or crashing waves, even the traffic up on the coast road seemed to be whispering as it carefully crawled along towards its destination. The tide was out and at its lowest so I made my way down the beach and to the waters edge where the old legs of the West Pier stood supporting nothing but air. Quiet. Deadly still and deadly quiet. I took the shot and then walked back up towards the road while each step I took made a deafening sound on the pebbles.

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Sunday, 22 December 2013

Peachy Sky, The Mother Church and Brighton Dome Corn Exchange

"Peachy Sky" :- A serene vision of peacefulness and calm. Brighton beach as seen from the far Eastern end near the huge marina. The sun sets behind the coastal city and splays light out over the seaside resort.

"The Mother Church" :- Chichester Cathedral's full name is the Cathedral Church of the Holy Trinity. It was founded as a cathedral in 1075 and is the mother church of the Diocese of Chichester which covers East and West Sussex in England. She was called "the most typical English Cathedral" by the architectural historian Nikolaus Pevsner and has two unique architectural features (among England's medieval cathedrals) which are a free standing medieval bell tower and double aisles. Gustav Holst the composer of the "Planet Suite" is buried here.

"Brighton Dome Corn Exchange" :- It's odd looking at this image now as shortly after I took the photograph the canopy that has "Brighton Dome Corn Exchange" written on it was removed after being there since the 1960's. It's removal opened up the entrance and also allows visitors to actually have a good look at "Ceres" the Goddess of Corn who stands above the doors. The building was once riding school for the Prince of Wales. According to 'Doctor Brighton's Pavilion' "Following the acquisition of the Royal Pavilion estate in 1850 the building was slowly converted over time to public use. In October 1868 the corn market was transferred here and held every Thursday. This is how the building acquired it’s name as the ‘Corn Exchange’."

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Saturday, 21 December 2013

Long Shadows, St James's Street and Fields of Fire

"Long Shadows" :- A late afternoon stroll along Hove's wide and spacious promenade provided me with this photo opportunity. It was a sunny but very fresh April day with a cold chill in the air. The sun was preparing to vanish on the day and was therefore casting some lengthy shadows as it said its goodbyes.

"St James's Street" :- After an evening / night spent in a Brighton pub I finally decided to make my way home which equated to an hour and a half walk. It was 2 am in the morning, it had been raining and the streets were glistening from the glow of the street lights and shop windows. I stopped briefly (looking back towards the direction of the pub I'd been in) and grabbed a quick shot while the road was relatively quiet.

"Fields of Fire" :- From Woodingdean all the way to the village of Falmer itself the Falmer Road (also known as The Drove or B2123) offers some stunning views and scenery as it crosses part of the downs before it dipping at either end. On this particular evening I was on my way to Stanmer Park when this sunset broke and lit up the horizon. Without even having time to think I pulled over (safely of course) in the car and took a few shots. The County of Sussex (England) has some wonderful and historical scenery throughout.

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Friday, 20 December 2013

Wooden Decorations, Fenced In Storm and White Hart

"Wooden Decorations" :- Ah it's that time of year once again. In the village of Ovingdean (where I live) near Brighton on the south coast of England there's a wonderful little place that sells Christmas Trees and traditional wooden decorations. I think they do quite well as a business because I have not been passed it yet without seeing a multitude of cars parked outside and many people pouring over the good and items on sale. There's always a wonderful atmosphere and light the emits from the place. It makes me smile every time I drive past.

"Fenced In Storm" :- Moody and menacing. You could feel the electricity in the air as the wind was building up. The sky took on an odd shade of pinkish yellow which also raised the alarm that a huge storm was not only on its way but was about to wreak havoc on the Sussex coastline of England. I braced myself and managed to grab a shot or two before deciding to call it a day and hurry back home.

"White Hart" :- The White Hart Inn (or White Hart Hotel) is a coaching inn in the town of Crawley in West Sussex, England. The building was constructed and opened in 1770 replacing an older inn that was also known as the White Hart. Apparently architectural studies made in 1995 and 2003 have attributed a date to the southern part of the building as being somewhere in the region of 1600 which in turn suggests that the inn was built around a much older building. During the 19th Century it also served as being Crawley's main post office. The White Hart Inn was listed at Grade II on 23 February 1983.

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Thursday, 19 December 2013

Ewe Bottom Field, Level Up and Rainbow Sands

"Ewe Bottom Field" :- This image was shot way back in October 2012. I'd been out over the downs to visit "The Chattri" which is a memorial to Indian soldiers who fought for the British Empire during the First World War. It's situated 500 feet (150 m) above the city on the South Downs above the suburb of Patcham, and is accessible only by bridleway but I found on the way out to it I had to cross a field that was full of Bulls. Many of them got spooked but a few thought it better to make their way towards me at speed which was more than unnerving. On the way back I decided to avoid the bull field and managed to make my way via a different route down to a lane that neatly circumnavigated the four legged problem which was when i took this shot of the wonderfully named "Ewe Bottom Field".

"Level Up" :- A flight of reasonably modern designed steps help navigate the split level nature of Brighton Marina. The shops and Marina Village are at road / street level whereas the restaurant area by the quayside is on the upper level known as "Mermaid Walk". The stairs are a mixture of metal and planked wood which is fine on sunny days but due them being out in the open when it rains the planking becomes like an ice rink which as far as I am concerned was a huge oversight when they were originally designed. Whenever they get wet you will find many plastic "A" framed signs placed at strategic points warning those brave enough to take the stairs that they are "Slippery When Wet". I always take care when going up or down them as I don't want to find myself having Bon Jovi as one of my last ever thoughts!

"Rainbow Sands" :- The beauty of Brighton Beach comes to the fore as a very low tide coincides with a spectacular sunset. The light from the illuminated Pier glistens and shimmers in the wet sand creating a myriad of colours that are quite simply breathtaking. Distant screams and noises drift over the gentle waves as thrill seekers brave the fairground attractions on the end of the Victorian tourist magnet on the south coast.

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Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Family Tree House, The Boatyard and No Brushes No Rollers

"Family Tree House" :- A shot from within the Church of St Albans (Coombe Road, Brighton, England) just days before it was demolished. Most of its interior had been stripped out and just a few things were left creating a very empty and forlorn feeling throughout. The Church was built between 1910 and 1914 and eventually closed down in November 2006. According to Wikipedia "In the city of Brighton and Hove, on the English Channel coast of Southeast England, more than 40 former places of worship—many with considerable architectural or townscape merit—have been demolished, for reasons ranging from declining congregations to the use of unsafe building materials".

"The Boatyard" :- An early evening wander along the undercliff walk on the south coast of England turns into an eerie and unnerving adventure as darkness falls disturbingly fast. I was on a mission and aiming to be sitting firmly at a bar in a warm pub by 19:30 hrs but had armed myself with my camera knowing that I'd have a few photo opportunities along the way. This image of a boatyard was taken at the point where the undercliff walk meets with the eastern corner of Brighton Marina. The huge protective wall, cliffs and undercliff walk itself are plunged into darkness due to lack of lighting but the boatyard is floodlit throughout the night creating an odd vision of hulls and masts as you get nearer.

"No Brushes No Rollers" :- An empty and very wet Supermarket car park at the Marina in Brighton, England. Actually the shot is slightly misleading as there were many cars parked there as people did their Christmas shopping but it was so wet and cold they were all parked as near to the supermarket as possible which meant the end I was in was devoid of vehicles altogether. This shows the upper and lower roads (both called Marina Way) that leads to and from the Marina. They connect with the cliff top road of Marine Drive (A259) that eventually turns into Marine Parade as it enters Brighton itself. The bright orange lights are just above a pedestrian tunnel and walkway that lead up onto the beach promenade at Black Rock. From here it's still a 25 to 30 minute walk to the Brighton Wheel and famous Pier.

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Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Bike On High, Festive Palms and Amazing Graze

"Bike On High" :- A bicycle leans up against the old Victorian iron railings that line Marine Parade on Brighton's unmistakable seafront promenade on the south coast of England. It was a warm and sunny April morning and I'd decided to take a wander on the upper terrace that runs along the length of Madeira Drive. This was once an exposed chalk cliff face and many forget that much of Brighton is on a cliff top. The Victorians were great at engineering and undertook the task of pinning back the chalk cliffs and covering them with concrete which had the double effect of stopping further erosion of the front and creating a promenade and high wall. The terrace that I took the photo from was built in 1890, it now looks rather rundown and unkempt but it must have looked wonderful in its heyday!

"Festive Palms" :- Palm trees are not something that you expect to find or see when visiting Brighton in England. It's not known as a tropical place and is certainly not known for it's exotic foliage and fruits! However, if you venture down to Brighton marina and explore the Marina Village you will find several palms that line the road and give the area a more Mediterranean feel (even if the weather and temperature is telling you otherwise). At the moment the palms have been decked with lights for the holiday season and they were sparkling and twinkling in the rain soaked night.

"Amazing Graze" :- Sheep graze in a cliff top field overlooking the famous "Seven Sisters" chalk cliffs (in the distance) and the English Channel. A disused and derelict barn shows signs of times gone by. The field (and view) is located between the town of Seaford and Cuckmere Haven (also known as the Cuckmere Estuary). It's one of the most picturesque places you can visit in the south of England and the cliffs have appeared many times in films and TV programs often doubling up as the white cliffs of Dover.

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Monday, 16 December 2013

Calm and Illuminating, Madeira Drive and Booster

"Calm and Illuminating" :- A night shot taken from one of the lower pontoons at Brighton Marina on the south coast of England. The large building with the orange lights and glow around it is "The West Quay" (formerly called "Jackson's Wharf") which is a large, two-storey pub and restaurant owned by the J D Wetherspoon chain. On the right hand side you can see the lights from a string of restaurants that line "Mermaid walk" which is part of the Marina Village.

"Madeira Drive" :- Wet, cold and deserted. Madera Drive is the lower road and promenade that runs from Brighton's famous Victorian pier and the Brighton Wheel all the way along to Duke's Mound, Black Rock and the Marina. The road is (approx) 1.2 miles or 1.93 kilometers in length and takes 25 minutes to walk along. It's lined with the famous Victorian iron arches and terrace (built in 1890) on one side and is flanked by the pebbled beach and English Channel on the other side. This was all once under water and part of the English Channel itself. Due to clever placing of breakwaters the beach slowly built up in height by utilising Longshore drift which eventually allowed reclamation of the land.

"Booster" :- Up upon the downs behind Woodingdean this booster aerial mast sits overlooking Brighton and the surrounding area. It's located along a dirt track known as Drove Avenue which later joins up with the South Downs Way. Using this route you can walk from Woodingdean all the way along to the ancient and historical town of Lewes which is (approx) 4 miles or 6.43 kilometers. Some of the scenery and views along the way are spectacular. The entire walk takes an hour and a half.

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Sunday, 15 December 2013

The Round Tower, Three Balconies and Paws

"The Round Tower" :- This looks to me like it's straight out of one of the Brother Grimm Fairy Tales, an artwork by Alan Lee or a book by +Philip Reeve (No Such This As Dragons or Here Lies Arthur). In actual fact it's the Church of St John in the village of Piddinghoe, situated between Lewes and Newhaven in Sussex, England. The nave and tower of the Church are early 12th Century and the round tower is one of only three in the entire county (the others can be found nearby in Southease and Lewes) and therefore a rarity and also somewhat of a puzzle. Virtually all Norman towers were built square and many have tried to speculate as to why the three towers (within a few miles of each other) were built round. Within the tower in this image there are three bells, two are uninscribed but the third one bears the date 1713.

"Three Balconies" :- I gotta come clean. I have no recollection of taking this photo at all but I know I did because it was in my camera the following day (and I don't allow anyone else to use it). I'd been drinking in a Brighton bar all evening and night and had rather far too much for my own good. When I eventually left the fine establishment I decided to walk the hour and a half home (I do remember this much) and I was carrying my tripod and camera. It came as quite a surprise to discover a few shots that I didn't remember but was delighted to find that even when staggering home in a drunken stupor my "artistic eye" is still focused and spotting very visual and interesting things. have since worked out where this was shot and it's Bristol Road in Kemp Town, Brighton.

"Paws" :- Peaceful, Karmic, Tranquil and stunningly serene. This is Brighton beach at low tide during a late afternoon / early evening sunset. In the distance (far right) the pier is just lighting up for the night in preparation of the thrills and noise of the fairground and amusements. This end of the seafront and beach is far more quiet. Just the sound of the tide washing in and drawing out and very little else to ruin the moment. A set of sandy tracks reveal that a dog has recently run along the waters edge getting some well earned exercise. The light slowly faded and I moved on after a minute or two towards the bright lights whilst listening to the buzz of Brighton slowly growing louder.

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