Saturday, 1 November 2014

Stone Temple, The Cactus Gallery and On Track

"Stone Temple" :- It was that point in the day where late afternoon was fading into early evening. We'd been out on the moors for a few hours and had decided to top off the day with a quick drive out to the mighty Hound Tor. Having parked the car we then embarked on a gentle 10 minute stroll up the grassy and rock strewn hill. As we were getting nearer the tor in front of us was growing to an immense size, the shear scale of it was breathtaking. The tor is actually two separate rock masses and is known as an 'avenue tor' and it's actually listed in the Domesday Book of 1086 as 'Hundatora'. We wandered around the tor in a clockwise manner for a while and then came across this section. It looked like a long forgotten temple or castle or like the entrance to the hall of the Mountain King. I could have stayed up there for hours, it's a truly calming and inspirational place.

"The Cactus Gallery" :- Brighton seafront has changed quite a bit over the last 20 years or so. I remember in the 80's it was an area that few ventured down to and much of it was run down and in a very story state. Then out of the blue a regeneration project was underway and the front was given a new lease of life. It was suddenly vibrant and arty. Bars and clubs opened up and small galleries sprang up here and there selling prints and original works of art. The artist quarter is a varied selection of galleries located down in the arches on the lower promenade. The arches themselves were built (circa) 1890 and were once used to house fishermens boats and nets etc. In this shot you can see four arches which are (left to right) TONSAI II Arch 239 & 240, The Cactus Gallery Arch 242, Ruby Pier Gallery Arch 243 and Dave Downer Arch 244.

"On Track" :- My back was virtually against the huge marina wall for this shot. The sea had got bored and wandered off for a while leaving all the bits that are normally hidden from view exposed to the dying light of the day. It was quiet and tranquil. The sun couldn't quite make up its mind what colour to paint everything so the shades and hues were changing by the minute.What you may not have realised with this shot is that I was standing smack in the middle of a giant set of tracks. The larde rocks aren't rocks at all but huge concrete sleepers that were laid at the end of the 1800's to carry Magnus Volk's "Brighton and Rottingdean Seashore Electric Railway". The "Pioneer" (also known by its nickname 'Daddy Long Legs') was a relatively short lived project as the unique coastline railway only ran through the waters of the English Channel between 1896 and 1901. The tracks, "Pioneer" itself and other parts of the venture were eventually sold off for scrap but at low tide some of the concrete sleepers can still be seen. If you follow the line down towards the breakwater on the right you'll notice it curves off to the right. Follow it around and up the beach and it will lead you to the Grade II listed Paston Place Groyne (also known in Brighton as "Banjo Groyne") which was used as the landing stage for the "Pioneer".

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