Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Shaded Corner, Ghost Boat and Brighton Broody

"Shaded Corner" :- This scene looks almost too good to be true! Dartmoor (in Devon) is known for its wind swept hills and harsh weather beaten landscapes so it was a very pleasant surprise to discover bright, warm sunshine on the afternoon we decided to visit Wistman's Wood. This image was shot a little way along the rough footpath just after we'd set of from 'Two Bridges' to head for the ancient, legendary and famous wood.

"Ghost Boat" :- On the eastern bank of the River Adur in Shoreham, near the exquisitely built Old Shoreham Toll Bridge you'll find this wreck of a large wooden fishing boat. Just the prow is now visible with a few of its ribs sticking up on either side, the rest of it has long since roted away and vanished with time. You can see how long the boat once was because the main beam running up its middle is still in the dried mud. There's a legend attached to this boat and it goes like this. During a huge storm in 1893 the boat was carried up river from Shoreham Harbour and was smashed on rocks. The owner of the boat was broken hearted with the loss of his boat as it was his livelihood and only way he could provide for his family. He tries several salvage attempts but the boat would not move and it has stayed in that position ever since. Several people have reported hearing howls of anguish near the boat as well as crying and loud moans. Others say they have seen "shadowy figures" with contorted faces and empty eye sockets trying hard to push the boat’s wreck back out into the water of the Adur. Spooky!

Someone on Twitter just saw this image of mine and very kindly sent me a link about the boat. She's actually an old Adur Barge and nothing more. Ghost stories are great but they hold no water whatsoever ... much like this barge now. Here's the link if you wish to read more about the boat :- Time & Tide

"Brighton Broody" :- A shot of Brighton & Hove as seen from the end section of Brighton's famous pier on the south coast of England. The light was beginning to fade as the evening started to consume the day, the sea darkened and a bank of greyish blue clouds rolled in over the coastal city. So much history in one image. Various Kings and Queens frequented this place, it has the first ever purpose built Aquarium in the world, one of the oldest working cinemas in the UK, it's played host to both Turner and Constable as well as many of the famous painters of the 1800's Pre Rapahelite movement. Charlie Chaplin, Harry Houdini, Buster keaton and Laurel & Hardy all played here on stage as did The Beatles, The Who and The Rolling Stones. Bing Crosby also played his last ever live concert here. It's appeared in books, films and lyrics of songs. It's inspired great works of literature ("Brighton Rock" by Graham Greene and "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" by Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, otherwise known as ‎Lewis Carroll) and is the home to many famous actors, musicians & celebrities. This is Brighton.

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