Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Stones Through the Window, Tower Hill and Water Patches

"Stones Through a Window" :- I have got to be honest with you and own up by saying I'm not actually sure if this image works or not. It's grainy in some places and fine in others as I had a little trouble processing it and getting it to look right. But the main reason I post all my images is not for compliments on processing or photographic skills (or lack of skills etc) it's to show off all the wondrous things that are out there in that big wde world of ours. Grainy or not they look incredible. So here's a shot of a window. No flash was used (I dislike flash of any sort and try to avoid using it when I can) so the camera was on a tripod and it was a 3 exposure shot due to the low level of lighting inside. This is the incredible view from inside The Red Lion Inn which is in the village of Avebury which is itself inside a Neolithic henge monument containing three stone circles. It's certainly without question the biggest ancient stone circle in Europe and there's also speculation that it could well be the biggest stone circle on the planet. If you zoom in and look out the window you can actually see a few of the large standing stones in the field opposite. The entire pub and village is surrounded by them and they cover an incredible 28 acres or more with the diameter of the large stone circle itself measuring 427m or 1401ft in. The average weight of the stones is a mind bending 40 tons. The best bit is that you can sit in an ancient (originally a 17th Century Farmhouse and granted a license to serve alcohol in 1802) and reputedly haunted Inn (the most famous of the Red Lion's ghosts is "Flori") and ponder on how they moved the stones whilst supping on a fine ale from the bar!

"Tower Hill" :- Here's a shot taken from the bottom of Tower Hill in the Cornish fishing port and town of Looe, England. I've been trying to find out some history about the road and its houses but there is little information to be found and my search was in vain. The area around Looe itself was inhabited as far back as 1000 BC as archeological finds have proven. The manor of Pendrym (modern-day East Looe) was mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086 and was was held by William the Conqueror. Reading the history of Looe is fascinating as you slowly watch it take shape and develop into what we know it as now. By 1411 a wooden bridge spanned the River Looe connecting the two sides, that was later replaced by a stone bridge in 1436 which was much later replaced by a seven-arched Victorian bridge which opened in 1853 and is still there and in use. As I was taking this shot I had my back to the Old Guildhall and that building is said to date from around 1500.

"Water Patches" :- A view of the River Adur at low tide. Boats sit stranded on the mud flats and the river bed. All they can do is sit and wait for the returning tide to fill the river once again. You can see the huge steel railway bridge that supports the Brighton to Worthing line. The steel bridge replaced the old trestle bridge in 1893 and its supporting cylinders go 70 feet down into the river bed.

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