Tuesday, 5 August 2014

You First, Life & Death and Fire On High

"You First" :- Not so far from Petworth in West Sussex there's a small hamlet (a settlement in a rural area) in dense woodland. In fact it's so small that it consists of just a few houses, a farm and a ruin. At the bottom of a steep bank by one of the county lanes you'll discover the remains of an old School that doubled up as a Church on Sundays. It was built in 1880 by local landowners and the Church of England to provide education for the children in the surrounding area. It served as a School up until 1925 but continued to be used as a Church right up until 1959 where it was suddenly abandoned and left to be consumed by the trees, ferns and moss. The main reason for its demise was due to the surrounding population falling and two world wars which meant Church attendance was eventually next to nothing. A wedding in 1959 was the last service to be held there. It's a creepy and strange place to explore. I wasn't there too long but it was easy to imagine the children running about and church services being held. Now it stands silent, no doors or glass in the windows, no roof and is utterly devoid of life.

"Life & Death" :- Shot within the Castle Hill Nature Reserve on the outskirts of Brighton in Sussex, England. Hard to believe this is only a 10 minute drive from where I live as this image looks as though it could well have been shot in Africa. No lions or Elephants here though (thankfully). The area does however have its own wildlife in the shape of Early spider orchid and Spring gentian. Adonis blue, chalkhill blue, small blue and silver spotted skipper butterflies. Long winged cone head, Roessel’s and wart biter crickets.

"Fire On High" :- Staggering isn't it. Each and every day, without fail Mother Nature puts on a free "End of the Day" show at varying times (depending on which month of the year you happen to be in), weather permitting. I have heard that it's 'not the done thing' to photograph sunsets anymore. I'm not sure why. Maybe some regard it as amateur or the easy way out to get a good shot / image etc. To be honest I couldn't care less as I will continue to photograph this miracle of nature whenever I can. That's a huge star that provides our light and warmth. It's a gargantuan ball of hot plasma that's 92,960,000 miles or 149,600,000 km away. Its diameter is approximately 865,374 miles or 1,392,684 km which is roughly 109 times that of our own Earth. Its mass is 330,000 times the mass of our planet which means it accounts for about 99.86% of the total mass of the Solar System. We get to see it rise each morning and fall each evening which is an absolutely colossal daily event and yet some out there still think it's passé and boring to photograph. I say get a life and open your heart and your eyes numskulls. This was shot from the top of Ovingdean Gap overlooking the English Channel on the South coast of England.

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