Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Winter Wonderland, Hotter Days and Victorian Stumps

"Arcadia" :- This image is hot off the press as it was captured and processed yesterday (21st Jan 2013). This is "Happy Valley" park in Woodingdean (near Brighton). I'd been out on an errand in the car and happened to notice this view as I drove past. As soon as I was back home I grabbed the camera and headed on out to the park again to capture it. When I got there I was annoyed to find that some kids had left the gate under the trees open so before I could take the shot I had to wander all the way over to shut the gate and then wander all the way back again. It was worth it though as it looks far better with the gate closed.

"Beach Bar" :- This was captured on Brighton beach (England) back in July 2012 when the weather was far hotter, sunnier and almost tropical for a short period of time. Brighton has many different beach bars dotted along its lower promenade, when the sun is out they are all packed with day trippers, tourists and locals. The buildings on Kings Road (upper level) that you can see are the Brighton Centre (left) which opened on the 19th September 1977 and Kingswest Centre (right) which was built in the 1960's and turned from an ice rink into a cinema in 1973. Bing Crosby's last ever live performance was at the Brighton Centre on October 10, 1977, he died a few days later on October 14, 1977, on La Moraleja Golf Course near Madrid, Spain.

"Standing Proud" :- Many people wander about the beach near the village of Rottingdean on the south coast of England and none of them realise why there are odd stumps of wood sticking up here and there in among the rocks and pools. They were once mighty wooden poles / pylons that carried electricity cables that powered the "Pioneer" (also known affectionately as the "Daddy Long-Legs") from 1896 until 1901. Her tracks were laid on concrete sleepers mortised into the bedrock. "Pioneer" was a 45 by 22 ft (13.7 by 6.7 m) pier-like building which stood on four 23 ft (7.0 m)-long legs and was driven by electric motor. Due to regulations then in place, a qualified sea captain was on board at all times, and the car was provided with lifeboats and other safety measures. Here's a link to a very early photograph of "Pioneer" so you can see just how beautiful she looked (and how mad the Victorian's really were) : "Pioneer"

All Photography © Justin Hill