Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Limelight, Natural Ridges and Temple Building at Night

"Limelight" :- On Sunday (13th July 2014) I decided to take a walk through Ovingdean and venture over the 45 acres that form the Beacon Hill Nature Reserve before dropping down into the historical village of Rottingdean. The village is famous for many different reasons but one of its main claims to fame is that it was once home (from 1897 to 1902) to the author Rudyard Kipling. At the moment the village has a Kipling Festival in full swing so I headed down to the village green where the house that he rented "The Elms" still stands. A few stalls and tents were set up on the green, various locals dressed in period costume were wandering about and vintage music could be heard drifting across the pond. I browsed around for a while before making my way to the Kipling Gardens which for several years have been awarded the Green Flag for the best parks and green spaces in England and Wales. These were the very gardens that Kipling himself used to relax in and it's more than likely that his cousin Stanley Baldwin and his uncle, the renowned Pre-Raphaelite painter Sir Edward Burne-Jones relaxed in them from time to time too. It was around 15:30pm when I took this shot in the gardens, the afternoon sunlight was streaming through the leaves and creating a scene that would have inspired many an artist and author.

"Natural Ridges" :- As the sea decided to pop out for while it revealed an odd wave like pattern in the pebbles and shingle of the beachat Saltdean on the south coast of England. This pattern wasn't everywhere though, it was just in one small section. Why here? What caused it to form just in one area? It fascinated me as I walked up and down its length trying to determine why the water would do that in one specific section. Needless to say I didn't work it out at all but I am pleased about that as I find the unknown to be far more fascinating than the known. A mystery is not a mystery if you know the answer. A magic trick is not magical if you know how it's done. This to me is the magic of nature. There are patterns in everything.

"Temple Building at Night " :- This beautiful teak wood building can be found within the grounds of Wat Phra Singh in the City of Chiang Mai in Northern Thailand. The temple is one of the most revered in the city and is constantly in use with many Thais and tourists visiting the complex on a daly basis. It's also very ancient as it was built in 1345 (although it was renovated during the 19th Century). If you want to have an insight into how rich the Lanna (northern style) temple art and architecture is then look no further...Wat Phra Singh is an absolute jewel. By night the temple is still a hive of activity and many of the structures in the grounds are floodlit adding to the atmosphere.

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