Saturday, 24 January 2015

Towards the Gap, Lewes Lane II and Facing It

"Towards the Gap" :- This was one of those shots that I took anyway but didn't think much of at the time. It was only when I processed it that I realised just how dramatic and powerful it was. It was shot from high up on the Beacon Hill Nature Reserve which sits between the ancient and historical villages of Ovingdean and Rottingdean (they are both mentioned in the Domesday Book which was written in 1086) a few miles East of Brighton on the south coast of England. As the sun touched the horizon out to sea the light caught the long grass up on the hill giving parts of it a glowing aura. The building in silhouette on the left of the image is the flagship training, convalescent, care and holiday centre of Blind Veterans UK (formerly known as St Dunstan's). The building is actually named "Ian Fraser House" and it was designed by Francis Lorne built in the International Modern style and was built from 1937 to 1939. The vast expanse of water beyond is the English Channel.

"Lewes Lane II" :- This dark and shaded little lane can be found in the town of Lewes in Sussex. It leads off Cliffe High Street to some little houses and cottages tucked away from the many prying eyes of tourists and antique hunters. I don't know much about the history of the lane itself but Lewes has a very rich and ancient history some of which links it to King Henry VIII. Just down the street from here there's the ornate and beautiful Cliffe Bridge which was built in 1732. Looking down on the town is Lewes Castle (originally called Bray Castle) which was was built in 1069 by William de Warenne, 1st Earl of Surrey, the son-in-law of William the Conqueror. Further on up the road from there you'll discover the wonderful 'Fifteenth Century Bookshop' which takes its name from the incredible looking 15th-century building the shop is located in. The shop is on the corner of Keere Street which is cobbled and very steep. This is the street that the Prince Regent famously drove his four horse drawn carriage (“coach and four”) down for a wager.

"Facing It" :- This is part of the wonderfully named Bonehill Rocks on Dartmoor in Devon. For some reason this particular outcrop of bedrock is not names as a 'Tor' but it is a reasonably sized tor that sits in a chain of four on the edge of Chinkwell Tor just to the east of Widecombe in the Moor. The reason I took this shot is that the small bush / tree growing up the side of the granite is a bit of a renegade as it's on the west facing side of the rock and not the east where all the other bushes and trees seemed to be growing. You can tell just by looking at a lot of the trees and bushes that much of the wind across the moor blows from the west as many of them lean towards the east. This tree obviously had ideas of its own and thought differently about it all. Maybe it thought "I can't fall over if the rocks are behind me" whereas all the other trees and bushes were probably giggling at it and saying "Silly old tree, if it did what we all did it wouldn't have to put up with much wind at all!"

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