Saturday, 17 January 2015

Saltdean Subway, Stone & Barn and State of the Art

"Saltdean Subway" :- I've taken shots of this pedestrian subway before but never at dusk like this. It almost looks like a giant kiln when it's lit up at night. This subway allows cyclists and pedestrians safe access to and from the beach in the coastal village of Saltdean to the East of Brighton. Up above there's the busy coastal A259 road (called "Marine Drive" as it runs into Brighton) which runs through Hampshire, West Sussex, East Sussex and part of Kent on the south coast of England. The subway was built in 1934 as part of a road widening scheme and linked to the newly built Undercliff Walk (built between 1930 and 1933) on the seafront.

"Stone & Barn" :- Obviously this is a trick of perspective as the barn and houses are indeed much bigger than the large stoneto the left. However, the stone is huge and towered over my head when I stood beside it. This is Avebury the site of the largest stone circle in Europe (and possibly the world). The stones that make up Avebury The stones range in height from 3.6 to 4.2 meters with some weighing more than 40 tons. Remember that this was constructed during the Neolithic period which was somewhere around 2600 BCE, well before any form of lifting machinery. How it was constructed can be specualted upon with a lot of conjecture thrown in but the truth of the matter is that unless we have the use of a Tardis we shall never know for sure. Avebury is located in Wiltshire in the southwest of England and is 17 miles or 27 km North of the world famous Stonehenge.

"State of the Art" :- Ovingdean gap is a wonderful place to photograph sunsets. The scenery is free from piers and structures and the beach itself (at low tide) is a vast array of rocks and rock pools. The combination of both sunset and pools lends itself to the photographic medium. This shot was taken just before the sky exploded in a very colourful and vibrant manner and turned into one of the greatest sunsets I think I have ever seen.

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