Thursday, 4 September 2014

The Turquoise Pool, Morning Dew and Church Spiral

"The Turquoise Pool" :- When I look at this image I can't help thinking of the line from Samuel Taylor Coleridge's famous poem "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner" that goes 'Water, water, everywhere,Nor any drop to drink'. Two types of water feature in this shot and I wouldn't advise drinking either although many have probably taken a mouthful of both at some point or other. This is the incredible glass walled swimming pool that's part of the +Blind Veterans UK building located at Ovingdean which is just a few miles East of the city of Brighton on the south coast of England. If you look beyond the pool and through the glass wall on the opposite side you can clearly see the blue / green hues of the English Channel. The building was originally constructed between 1935 and 1938 and when it was opened it was known as "Ian Fraser House - St Dunstans". In 1975 a single-storey wing to the south was added and so was the swimming pool. In 2012 St Dunstans underwent a name change and is now known as Blind Veterans Uk. I have always wanted to take alook at this swimming pool as you can clearly see it from the coast road as you drive past. A few weeks ago I finally got my chance as I was invited to take a tour of the building and see the incredible facilities on offer there. They are not Government funded whatsoever and rely 100% on donations. You can read more about the organisation and make donations here :-

"Morning Dew" :- The early morning sunlight skitters through a few trees and skips of the moist grass and moss. This was shot around 8 am up a small lane located in Dartmoor National Park in Devon, England. I find it's difficult not to find yourself thinking of mystical things, fairy tales and creatures of fancy when you are in, on or around Dartmoor. It's a place that lends itself to that sort of thing and it doesn't try to hide it. In fact it seems to shout about it the moreyou find yourself thinking about it. I was only there for a couple of days but wish to go back and explore further. It's an artists and photographers dream on the moor, spin in any direction and you'll find that whatever it is you're looking at when you stop it'll be a visual treat...and a breath taking one at that.

"Church Spiral" :- A modern spiral staircase sits in the corner of Sankt Simon und Judas Church in Hennef, Germany. Due to a few unforseen problems we were forced to take a hotel for the night in Hennef before continuing on our exhausting drive through to Romania. The one good things that arised from the unplanned stop over was that I was able to have a wander and explore this wonderful town which is also known as the "City of the 100 villages". As I walked along one of the main roads I spotted a tall spire a few streets away and headed towards it. It lead me to Church Street and St. Simon and Jude which was built in 1898 although the 74 meters tower that I had spotted was rebuilt in 1973, it's the highest church tower in the Rhine-Sieg-Kreis.

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