Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Tall Grasses, Concrete Beach Huts and The Mighty Fall

Tall Grasses :- Hard to believe but I nearly walked past this scene without taking a shot! The problem was that there was so much natural beauty directly infront of me I was forgetting to look off to the sides as I wandered along the broken, rouch and rocky pathway. The path that I was on was meandering through a section of Dartmoor National Park near "Two Bridges" on the B3357. We were heading for an afternoon within the mystical and ancient "Wistman's Wood" and this shot was taken (approx) 5 or 10 minuytes into the journey. Apart from the worn path everything else is lush, green and natural. Rocks lay strewn around the place, tall, wild grasses spring up everywhere and gnarled trees and wind bent bushes try to reach up towards the sky as best they can. It's one of the most stunning places you can ever wish to find yourself in.

Concrete Beach Huts :- The undulating, wavelike roof of the beach chalets at Ovingdean Gap fascinate me. It's the sort of thing that an architect and builder wouldn't even bother with nowadays. The modern world doesn't seem to go much for embellishments and ornate things. We like our modern architecture to look like huge glass boxes with flat roofs. The beach Cafe at Ovingdean Gap has the save wave form roof as does the toilet block which also has opaque porthole windows. I have tried many times to find out about the building of these chalets but have so far not found a date for them. However, I do know that Ovingdean Gap was built somewhere from 1930 to 1933 as that was when the undercliff walk was constructed and the steps at 'the gap' were made at the same time. Looking at the architecture of the chalets, cafe and toilets they also shout out 1930's so it's safe to surmise that they were also built somewhere around the early 1930's. There was an elegance to the architecture of the 30's. Everything had a flow to it and looked grand.

The Mighty Fall :- Here's a shot I have had on file since March 2012. At the time I didn't really think much about it but a few years later t's now a record of how things were. The old, iron pier supports that are in the foreground and deeply buried in the beach are now no longer there. They were unceremoniously ripped up out of the the ground and dumped somewhere to make way for the building of the 162 metre or 531.49 Feet i360 observation tower (http://www.brightoni360.co.uk/). It fascinates me that the Victorians were somewhat obsessed with building things out (to sea) but in our modern age were are obsessed with building things up. The higher and taller the better. It's like a never ending, nauseating competition where towns, counties and countries all try their best to outdo each other by going just a few meters more each time. Will they ever learn? Probably not. This shot also shows the pier how it ws before it suffered yet more storm damage. If you venture donw to the beach now you'll see a large section on its left hand side is now missing and that the old framework is now in two parts.

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