Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Beach of Dreams, Three Arches and The Trail

Beach of Dreams :- Nothing fancy or complex. Just an empty beach caught in the last rays of the day's sunlight with a rather calm and unusually blue looking sea lapping on the line of the shore. Sometimes the shots with nothing in them prove to be the most dramatic and effective. This was shot on the beach at Rottingdean just a few miles east f the City of Brighton on the south coast of England.

Three Arches :- Thsi is an old shelter known as "The Temple" which is located at the eastern end of Brighton in Kemptown. You can find it on the slopes and esplanades near the beach at Black Rock. It's now very run down and not looked after at all but it was once part of a grand scheme that commenced in the early 1800's. Once the slopes to the beach were built (from 1828 to 1830) the sea-wall and cliff-top esplanade were added (in 1833 and 1835). They were all designed by William Kendall who also added a few buildings and structures like "The Temple" and a large reading room below the cottages and tunnel leading to the gated gardens of Lewes Crescent. I'm not sure of the date of "The Temple" but guess that it was probably constructed around the same time as the reading room which was built in 1835.

The Trail :- I don't often walk this way. This is a dirt path that cuts through the trees on the eastern edge of Beacon Hill Nature Reserve that sits between the ancient villages of Rottingdean and Ovingdean. It's a pleasant walk and more sheltered than the open hill top route that meanders down towards the famous windmill and the coast. Looking at this image you could easily be fooled into thinking that it's smack in the middle of nowhere and that civilisation was a long way away. The vast city of Brighton is just a 10 minute drive from here and the two villages have a constant flow of traffic travelling through them along with the odd batch of tourists visiting the area.

All Photography Copyright © Justin Hill