Saturday, 9 November 2013

Trubachtalstraße, Split Level and Beachy Head Bench

"Trubachtalstraße" :- This is a stretch of road known as 'Trubachtalstraße' in the town of Obertrubach in Bayern, Germany. We were travelling back from Romania and had already driven for a day or two through Hungary , Austria and a lot of Germany and we were very very tired. The odd hotel on the way back was a necessity and to be honest an absolute luxury and we found ourselves staying at the well known "Gasthof Alte Post" a wonderful 3 star hotel that looked very much like a picture post card. I captured this shot just outside and opposite the hotel, looking down the road and towards the mass of trees and forest that surrounded us.

"Split Level" :- Not much to look at. An old concrete and stone breakwater / groyne divides the beach near the remains of the West Pier in Brighton , England. Most people walk past these Victorian built breakwaters without giving them any thought or a second glance whatsoever. But it's these breakwaters and groynes that have saved Brighton and made it what it is today. Without them Brighton would have been pushed back and most probably been submerged by now from the never ceasing barrage of tides and sea. You can see in this image just how different the levels of the divided beaches are. The beach on the other side has its pebbles just above my head height but if I were to walk to the far end of the beach on the other side the following beach would have its pebbles just above head height and so on. The shingle, pebbles and sand are moved eastwards along Brighton's beaches and coastline by a process known as longshore drift. Without the breakwaters breaking this process up the sea would simply wash the beaches east and then encroach on Brighton itself thus slowly swallowing it up. Because the breakwaters and groynes are in place they allow the shingle and pebbles to build up which it turn help to hold the sea back and protect the coast. The beaches in Brighton are 15 feet (4.57 meters) deep in places due to the build up of shingle.

"Beachy Head Bench" :- A gargantuan view taken from the heights of Beachy Head looking in a Southwesterly direction towards the Belle Tout Lighthouse, Birling Gap and Cuckmere Haven. Beyond those and in the far distance the rolling hills of the south downs can just be made out . You also get an immense sense of scale in this shot and it enables you to realise just how high the chalk cliffs (near Eastbourne, England) are. The famous cliffs at Beachy Head are the highest chalk sea cliffs in Britain, rising to 162 metres (531 ft) above sea level.

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