Sunday, 7 September 2014

Blue Huts, Twin Arches and Castle Hill

"Blue Huts" :- Sometimes things simply fall into place and present themselves to you when you least expect it. I'd been walking along the promenade in Littlehampton (a coastal town in West Sussex) for a while, eating an ice cream and enjoying the sun. Sticky fingers can be annoying when you're taking photographs so I decided top try a find somewhere I could wash my hands. So I walked ... and walked some more. Eventually I saw a sign directing me to some public conveniences where I could finally get my hands washed and free my fingers from their tacky touch. As I came out and turned back towards the "prom" these 5 beach huts were the first thing that I saw. Perfectly lit by the afternoon sun, backed by a clear blue sky and with just a hint of beach and sea peeking through.

"Twin Arches" :- A moody shot utilising the natural afternoon light that was flooding in through the high windows of the Parish Church of St Mary in Kemptown, Brighton, England. The church was consecrated on 14 October 1878 but was built on the site of a previous church which was also named St Mary's. The little wooden door beneath the right hand arch opens to a set of stairs that lead up to the Bevington Organ. The organ has been in use since the church's consecration and is regarded as "an exceptionally fine example of a Victorian instrument".

"Castle Hill" :- Hard to believe that this incredibly picturesque view is just a 10 minute drive from the busy city center and seaside resort of Brighton on the south coast of England. This is the Castle Hill National Nature Reserve that's located just at the back of Woodingdean village on the eastern end of Brighton. It's an important reserve as it has been designated a SSSI, a Biogenetic Reserve by the Council of Europe and is a Special Area of Conservation (SAC) under the European Habitats Directive. There's an unmade rough dirt carpark at the top of Woodingdean on a section of the Falmer Road that's known as The Drove. From there you have a 10 minute walk before you get to the reserve which is well hidden and tucked away. Castle Hill is ‘open access’ landwhich means you can freely wander around the site but they do recommend that it's best to stick to the paths and therefore avoid unnecessary disturbance to the wildlife that lves and grows there. Castle Hill is one of the finest examples of ancient, wildflower-rich, chalk grassland sites in the country.

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