Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Dark Gold, Rural Track and She's Got Legs

"Dark Gold" :- A shot of a golden Buddah statue and Chedi illuminated at night. It was taken in the temple grounds / garden of Wat Phan On which is situated on Ratchadamnoen Road within the old city center of Chiang Mai, Northern Thailand. The Chedi / Stupa is actually called the Sareerikkatartsirirak Pagoda and it was named by the King of Thailand, His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej (Rama IX) on 9th June 2550 B.E. (2007). It is certainly one of the most beautiful chedis that you'll find in the city. The temple itself was built in 1501 during the reign of the Lanna King Mueang Kaeo.

"Rural Track" :- This was taken just inside the boundary of the Castle Hill that's behind the village of Woodingdean on the outskirts of Brighton in Sussex. It's a very beautiful and quiet area with just the odd dog walker or bicyclist travelling through. It's strange that people seldom visit the area as it is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and is designated a National Nature Reserve (NNR). It's free to wander around and offers some wonderful scenery. I have a feeling that there are many that do not realise that it's even there as it's well hidden even though it's right under their noses.

"She's Got Legs" :- I love this side of the pier. The dark underbelly with all its cross beams, cables, ironwork and barnacles conjures up images of the Victorian age and its never ending persuit of conquering all during the industrial revolution. It's a testament to them all as it's still standing strong and tall since it was put in place. The first pile was layed on 7 November 1891 and eight years and £27,000 later it opened it's doors to the public in May 1899. On 20 August 1971 the pier was given a Grade II* listing. The area is so full of architectural and historical wonders that the pier merely became one of 70 Grade II* listed buildings and structures. I'm not entirely sure how many it stands at now but as of 2001 there were 1,218 listed buildings of all grades within the city of Brighton and Hove.

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