Saturday, 18 January 2014

Sunset and Concrete, Rapeseed Field and Old Steine Fountain by Night

"Sunset and Concrete" :- A sunsets over Lake Siutghiol with part of the city of Constanța silhouetted on the horizon. The city is historically known as Tomis and was founded around 600 BC which makes it the oldest surviving city in Romania. Lake Siutghiol is a huge lagoon covering over 20 square km and (apparently) has a maximum depth of 18 m. During extreme winter conditions it has been known for only 10% of the lake to remain unfrozen. It's a very picturesque place to visit but there are some remains of demolished structures dotted about its shores. This shot was taken from Mamaia (a resort and district of Constanța).

"Rapeseed Field" :- I shot this way back in May 2012 as I was out on a small evening excursion with my camera. It's of a gated field full of Rapeseed way up on the wonderfully named Devil's Dyke Road on the outskirts of Brighton. On the far right of the image (when viewed large) you can just make out some of the town and a little of the English Channel. Devil's Dyke itself (further up the road) has been a tourist attraction for a couple of centuries and was formed by torrents of water running off the Downs during the last Ice Age due to thawing snow.

"Old Steine Fountain by Night" :- It's not often that you see the Victorian fountain floodlit and working at night. It stands in the middle of an area known as the Old Steine Gardens which is virtually on the seafront and just opposite Brighton's famous pier. A very long time ago when Brighton was still a fishing village known as "Brighthelmstone" this area was an open green space with a stream. Slowly as time took a hold the area was "reclaimed" was used for people to be seen as they promenaded about. The fountain itself is thirty-two feet in height and (unusually) stands on Sarsen stones in the centre of the pool. The stones were found in the Steine by a group of workmen digging a trench in 1823. The Victoria Fountain (as is its proper name) was inaugurated on 25 May 1846.

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