Saturday, 10 January 2015

Longhill Road, Thirties Gap and Dry Stone Wall

"Longhill Road" :- An unplanned shot that was more of an afterthought than anything else. I'd been down on the beach at Ovingdean Gap photographing the sea and the sunset for an hour or so. The temperature was beginning to drop and my fingers were going numb despite the fact that I was wearing woolen gloves. I decided to call t a day and trudge back home. This meant walking 25 minutes from the beach and up through the village of Ovingdean itself which is on the outskirts of Brighton. As I was nearing home I decided to cut up over the wonderfully named Wanderdown Road and just happened to look back as I turned the corner and this is the view that I saw. The dying sunset was still glowng in the evening sky, there was enough light to silhouette the trees and the street lamp was just glowing enough to light up the road sign below it on Longhill Road. The road was quiet and empty so i set up the camera right in the middle of the tarmac and took the shot.

"Thirties Gap" :- This is the view looking East from the top of the cliffs at Ovingdean Gap. Beyond the high wall on the left there's the main A259 coast road known as Marine Drive. Ahead lies the village of Rottingdean and a few miles behind (to the West) you'll discover the famous coastal city of Brighton itself. This entire area was built and constructed between 1930 and 1933 at the same time as the undercliff walk and sea defense down below. I love this place. It's free from the tourists, the clubbers, the noise and the revellers that frequent Brighton. Here you can relax and breathe in the salt air and hear the gulls calling as the waves crash on the shore.

"Dry Stone Wall" :- Breathtaking isn't it! A wide, green vista of rolling fields, trees and hedges thundering off in all directions with just a few visible manmade structures tyo be seen (if you look caefully). This is Dartmoor National Park in Devon, England. This exquisite moorland covers an incredible 954 square kilometres (which is approximately 368 square miles). It's littered with rocks, tors, marshland, bogs, woods, villages, sheep, horses, cows and backpackers! It's a truly stunning part of Britain. If you just over the wall and slightly to the left you can just make out a tower sticking up. That's the Church of Saint Pancras which is nicknamed the "Cathedral of the Moors". The church was originally built in the fourteenth century and is in the small village of Widecombe-in-the-Moor. The tower reaches a height of 36.57 metres (120 feet).

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