Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Down By The Riverside, From the Top and Baptistry Tower

"Down By The Riverside" :- A very hot and sunny July afternoon back in 2012 provided me with this unusual photo opportunity. I'd driven around for a while enjoying the sun when I decided to stop and have a wander around Shoreham in Sussex. The tide was low so the River Adur was also at its lowest and revealing its slimy and somewhat pungent river bank. I stopped underneath the old (circa 1896) iron railway bridge that crosses the river and aimed my camera towards the hills in the distance at Lancing. The long shadows on the bank and river are created by the railway bridge itself.

"From the Top" :- This is a view that I get to see pretty much on a weekly basis. It's the view from the top of the steps at Ovingdean Gap that lead down to the undercliff walk and it's the route that I sometimes take when walking into Brighton from Ovingdean. For much of the journey you are on your own with only the odd cyclist or dog walker passing you once in a while. I find it very relaxing to be down by the sea steadily watching Brighton get bigger as I slowly get closer and closer.

"Baptistry Tower" :- This is a neck breaking shot of the Baptistry (South) Tower of Chichester Cathedral in West Sussex, England. According to the Historic Britain website "The towers at Chichester have had a particularly unfortunate history. The south-west tower of the facade collapsed in 1210 and was rebuilt. The north-west tower collapsed in 1635 and was not rebuilt until 1901." So the tower you see in this image was rebuilt sometime after 1210. The tower is one of two west facing towers which are joined / connected by a gabled bay. The Cathedral's history dates back to 681 but the present Cathedral that you see today was begun in 1076 and was consecrated in 1108.

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