Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Beech Tree, Oriental Crossing and Brighton Horizon

Beech Tree :- Shot back in July 2014 during a very hot and sunny afternoon at Nymans (in Handcross, West Sussex) which is an English garden, estate and house of the Messel family which was developed over three generations and is now onwned and looked after by the National Trust (http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/nymans/). This sprawling Beech tree resembled some gargantuan upturned wooden octopus with arms flailing. You can see it's stood here from aeons, reaching up to tickle the sky. It made me think about "Treebeard" and the Ents from J. R. R. Tolkien's tales of Middle-earth and other trees that walked and talked ("Wizard of Oz", Disney's "Pocahontas", The Legend of Zelda etc). It made me wonder just what the trees would say or think. All that knowledge gathered whilst they stand, rooted to the spot for decades and centuries. They see it all as it passes, bending with the wind whilst remaining strong.

Oriental Crossing :- A view looking directly across the 'Chinese Bridge' at Painshill Park in Cobham, Surrey. I happened to be there just as the sun was in the right position to throw the shadow of the railings up the middle of the planking. I'd like to say that I planned it that way but i'll own up and admit that it was simply yet another happy accident. Originally Painshill was over 200 acres in size but today it covers just 158. However the park has been lovingly restored back to it's 18th Century (it was created in the 1700's by Charles Hamilton) splendour and has since been given a Grade I listing as well as being awarded the Europa Nostra Medal in 1998.

Brighton Horizon :- A vast expanse of space is exposed as the southernmost part of the UK gives way to the English Channel. The shot was taken from Worthing's Pier (opened in 1862) and is looking East across the sand. At first glance you hardly notice the coastline in thedistance but if you zoom in or view the image as big as you can you'll suddenly realise just how much you can see. As the coast curves around and leaves Worthing you can see Shoreham and it's old powerstation chimney. Follow the coast around a bit more and you'll suddenly find yourself looking at the entire coastal resort and city of Brighton (that's the part where a couple of white tower blocks are visible).Keep going around and you can just make out the buildings of Marine Gate (near the Marina), Roedean School and Blind Veterans UK (formerly St Dunstan's) in Ovingdean. Then if you look very carefully you can just make out the white chalk cliffs of Rottingdean, Saltdean, Telscombe, peacehaven and quite remarkably Seaford Head. It's a distance of 25 miles along the coast from Worthing to Seaford. What a clear day!

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