Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Cretaceous Coast, Way & 90 and Branching Shadows

Cretaceous Coast :- It's easy to forget the origins and age of the beaches and coastlines of Sussex in England. Children play among the rock pools and others walk their dogs whilst looking out over the sea or watching the sunset but little attention is given to the beach itself. This section of the beach to the East of Brighton is from a geological period known as the "Cretaceous Period". This period was also the last part of the "Age of Dinosaurs" and relates to a time circa 145 to 66 million years ago. Not easy to get your head around but think about that next time you find yourself out on the rocks and chalk beds around Brighton!

Way & 90 :- A shot taken from below the 'Standing Way' bridge that crosses the Grand Union Canal as it passes through Milton Keynes in Buckinghamshire. It's looking back up the canal towards an older and more elegant bridge that's numbered '90'. The contrast between the older and newer architetural styles is brutal. There's nothing remotley stylish about the newer bridge, it's practical and does its job, that is all. The older, rounder bridge has much more finesse and is more pleasing to the eye.

Branching Shadows :- As I was wandering through the beautiful Painshill Park in Surrey a few weeks ago this scene caught my eye. All the angles seems to complement each other and the shadows were all falling in the right places. It always amazes me that trees can grow at such angles wiothout topling over. They seem to be able to defy gravity at times as they stretch out way beyond thier base. Of course the network of roots that's below ground probably covers a far wider and greater area than the tree above ground. If you could see through the earth and just see all the roots that are underneath I wonder what it would all look like. A different world completely.

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