Monday, 9 December 2013

Reflect Inn, Chain & Weed and Lonely Path to Follow

"Reflect Inn" :- An image of a section of Brighton Marina taken around dusk. Considering the time of year it had been an unusually warm day and the atmospherics had caused the water to be very still and like a sheet of glass. The inner harbour is entered via huge lock gates so the water is normally calm anyway but it's very rare to see it like this. The Master Mariner is a gastropub within the Inner Lagoon and it had just turned its outside lights on which were reflecting and dancing off the surface of the water.

"Chain & Weed" :- This was a first for me. The Medina Groyne (or "Hove Walkway" as it's known locally) is a huge breakwater that was built in the late 1800's in Hove which is Brighton's famous "other half". It juts out on the south coast of England into the English Channel and protects the nearby beach from erosion and the constant pounding of the waves. It has a strange existence spending half the day under the surface of the water during the high tides and the other half way above the surface. This means the top of it is covered in green, wet, slippery algae and slime so it's virtually like an ice rink to walk on. There's a protective chain that runs all the way around it that's held up by iron posts. I had never ever walked to the very end due to the slip slidey nature of it's stone surface but on this day something possessed me to give it a go...and I made it without slipping over, landing on my butt or more importantly dropping my camera. This shot was take from the very end, looking out to sea with some weed from the high tide caught in the chain.

"Lonely Path to Follow" :- Telscombe Tye is part of the South Downs National Park (England) and is one of the rare places where the park boundary actually reaches the seafront. It's also the break in a continuously built up area (known as Greater Brighton) that runs all the way from Shoreham to Saltdean. Apparently give the status of common the land was unenclosed and on a map dated 1811 and known as "Sheep Down".

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