Saturday, 29 November 2014

Russet Surreality, Granite and Bench and Cloud

"Russet Surreality" :- Different times of day create different scenes. Colours change with the light, conditions vary depending on the weather. A crisp cold morning looks very diffeent from a hot and humid afternoon and a sea mist rolling in can change the scenery so much that it's hardly recognisable (and hardly visible). This image was taken right at the end of April this year around 7:30 pm. The evening sun was low and casting wonderfully long shadows and the tones and hues that it created reminded me of something that for a while I couldn't put my finger on. There was something about the colour of the landscape and the sky that looked familier. And then it hit was as if I was standing in a Dalí painting. The shadows and colours were almost a perfect match to those I'd seen in his paintings. The shot was taken on Brighton beach on the south coast of England. The The 10 'poles' sticking up are actually old Victorian iron supports that once held aloft the boards and decking of the Grade I listed West Pier that's shamefully been left to rot by the various authorities over the years.

"Granite" :- These are the wonderfully named "Bonehill Rocks" located in Dartmoor, an area of moorland in south Devon. The moors cover an incredible 954 square kilometres and are protected by National Park status. The vast area is littered with many of these exposed granite hilltops called "Tors".This type of granite is apparently from a geological time known as the Carboniferous period which means it's (roughly) 358.9–298.9 million years old. Which has to be said is rather difficult to get your head around. Bonehill Rocks sits in a chain of four on the edge of another rocky outcrop called Chinkwell Tor and is near a small village named Widecombe-in-the-Moor.

"Bench & Cloud" :- A rudimentary bench sits high up on Beacon Hill nature reserve on the edge of Brighton. The hill is situated between the old villages of Rottingdean and Ovingdean (both listed in the Domesday Book) and was used to warn of the approaching Spanish Armada attack on Elizabethan England in 1588 when a beacon was lit on its summit. Nowadays it plays host to joggers and many dog walkers. The hill is also famous for being the home of Beacon Mill, a 1802 built grade II listed smock mill at the Rottingdean end of the hill. This shot is a bit misleadng as it does look like it's in the middle of nowhere when in actual fact just over the brow of the hill there's the main A259 coast road named Marine Drive and the might English Channel!

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