Friday, 29 August 2014

Wet Court, Trunk Light and Topiary

"Wet Court" :- A deserted basketball court gets wet on Brighton's lower promenade. The famous seaside resort on the south coast of England is a thriving and bustling city when the weather is favourable. The beaches are heaving with people and the attractions and amenities are fit to burst. When the skies darken and the rains fall it's a completely different story as the place empties out and becomes a barren land devoid of life. Needless to say I found I was wandering about in the rain looking for the odd atmospheric shot which was when this soaking wet scene caught my eye.

"Trunk Light" :- This is a large copse of trees just to the side of a country pub & restaurant called The Devil's Dyke. For some reason nobody seems to enter it as they all remain contented to sit by the tarmac carpark or head to the bar for a roast dinner and a pint. However, the view looking north from the top of the Dyke is well worth it as the views stretch as far as the Ashdown Forest, Box Hill, the Hog’s Back and the Isle of Wight (which is over 50 miles away). The famous painter John Constable (1776-1837) once described it as 'the grandest view in the world'. Anyway, this particular evening the sunlight was ripping through the copse as the sun was going down in the West creating an incredible vision of shadows and light.

"Topiary" :- Nymans Gardens at Handcross, Haywards Heath , Sussex have got to be some of the best gardens I have ever had the pleasure to wander around. The gardens themself cover an area that's approximately 30 acres but the entire Nymans estate is set in 600 acres! You can tell this was the home of an Earl and Countess as everything is just so and laid out perfectly. These are the gardens that Lord Snowden walked around as a child. The gardens are now owned by the National Trust and open to the public.

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