Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Thoughts of Summer, New Arches and Yacht & Tanker

"Thoughts of Summer" :- I am always fascinated by the play of shadows, shade & bright sunlight. It's a light & dark, hot & cold play on the senses that trick your mind into seeing different colour bands that are all really just an illusion. This was shot during a walk on the Castle Hill Nature Reserve which is an area of rich chalk grassland within the South Downs National Park. It's situated to the east of Brighton just behind the village of Woodingdean.

"New Arches" :- Brighton's seafront, promenade & esplanade has been going through some changes over the last year. Some have been met with approval and many have been met with disdain. The Kings Road Arches on the lower promenade were built in the late 1800's during Queen Victoria's reign and are as much a part of Brighton as it's piers, filly iron work and Royal Pavilion. In November 2012 work started on "rebuilding, strengthening and refurbishing" the historic arches that supported the promenade between Alfresco’s restaurant and the West Pier. What this in fact meant was that the old historical arches were simply torn down and demolished thus destroying a major part of Brighton's history so that some new characterless replacements could be built in their place. Of course this all ties in neatly with the new i360 development which just so happens to be going ahead and will be built on the site of the West Pier's entrance (which has also recently just been demolished). This new i360 observation tower will cost £46.2 million to build and will be once finished 160 metres tall. We have been informed that it will open in summer 2016 whether we like it or not...most of Brighton's residents do not. The new arches are now finished, they are built very well and to a very high standard. They are clean and strong but don't come anywhere near to the old Victorian arches that were unceremoniously flattened a year or so ago. They lack character and charm and look as though they'd be more at home in some Disney theme park than a real Victorian seaside resort. Change and progress are inevitable at the best of times but they are not always for the better.

"Yacht & Tanker" :- Where? There...on the horizon, just left of center. The English Channel is the busiest shipping lane in the world and Brighton sits on the south coats of England overlooking it all. Apparently, over 500 ships, boats and craft cross the narrow stretch of water on a dialy basis. According to Wikipedia "It is about 560 km (350 mi) long and varies in width from 240 km (150 mi) at its widest to 33.1 km (20.6 mi) in the Strait of Dover. It is the smallest of the shallow seas around the continental shelf of Europe, covering an area of some 75,000 km2 (29,000 sq mi)." This image was taken whilst standing on Brighton beach just West of the marina.

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