Friday, 6 June 2014

Fading Warmth, Mevagissey Lighthouse and Rocks & Trees

"Fading Warmth" :- There's one thing that many photographers don't do during a sunset and that's to stand with their back to it. This actually surprises me a lot as looking East during sundown is often just as spectacular as looking towards the West. There's a golden glow and luminescence to everything as shadows elongate and mix with the blue haze of the twilight hour. It's a magical thing to experience and watch but many seem to be quite content to miss 50% of the show by only facing the sun. This image was taken as I was up on the Eastern arm of Brighton Marina and looking East during sundown. The huge complex was casting a heavy, creeping shadow on the beach down below and was forcing the warm light on the pebbles to retreat. At the same time the moon looked down upon it all, silently observing the entire display.

"Mevagissey Lighthouse" :- The wonderfully named Mevagissey is a is a fishing port and village in Cornwall, England. Its streets are narrow and its houses are built up on the sides of the hills that the harbour rests between. It is exactly what you'd think and expect a Cornish village should look like. It's old and has a rich history that dates as far back to the bronze age with a smattering of smuggling tales thrown in. It's unusual in that it has a harbour that is built on the site of an old medieval quay and actually has two sets of harbour walls. The first set were built in 1774 and then the harbour was enlarged and extended as a set of outer walls were constructed in 1888. On the far end of the south breakwater / wall stands the Mevagissey Lighthouse. It was built in 1896 and is an 8 metre high hexagonal cast iron tower that's painted white with a black band around the base. During operation the light is (apparently) visible for 12 Nautical miles. I took a walk out along the southern harbour wall just as a never ending bank of storm clouds settled over the village, the wind picked up and the temperature chilled and I thanked my lucky stars that I was once again in the right place at the right time and with my camera.

"Rocks & Trees" :- Not the most captivating of image titles I grant you that, but it's very descriptive of this captivating scene. It was shot on Dartmoor (Devon, England) as we were walking back from visiting the place of enchantment known as Wistman's Wood. We'd just climbed over a stile set in a dry brick wall when I noticed this mossy and grass covered pile of granite with the thick forest of trees in the background. I love Dartmoor for so many reasons. It's warm and inviting and yet bleak and foreboding. There's not a high rise or modern architectural monstrosity to ruin the ancient landscape. No power lines, pylons or cables. No flight path or motorway. This is what much of Britain must have been like before man got too clever for his own good and started to concrete over everything. Relatively untouched rock strewn land, green and lush with breathable air. Sheer unadulterated luxury.

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