Friday, 8 May 2015

Suffocated, Two Towers and Mill & Pond

Suffocated :- Welcome to the seaside! The one thing about living on the coast is that you do get to see some incredible changes in the weather. When it's hot and sunny Brighton comes into its own and flourishes in an explosion of coloursm sights and sounds. However, like with everything there is balance and therefore there is also a darker side to living by the sea. When the weather turns it turns dramatically and throws the full force of mother nature at you with everything it's got. The last couple of years have seen the south coast get hit by huge storms and bad weather and we have taken a serious battering. This shot was taken during low tide from the beach at Ovingdean Gap which is just to the East of Brighton. It was oppressive and cold and you could actually fee l the changes in pressure in the air from one minute to the other. The storm was moving fast, I took this shot and made for my escape!

Two Towers :- Not the Middle Earth variety of Tolkien's creation but a rather more modern and down to earth version that's also a bit of a statement about our society and thwe world that we live in. This is a shot of the beautiful folley that's the Gothic Tower located at the far end of Painshill Park in Cobham, Surrey. Apparently if you climb the 99 steps to the top of the tower on a clear day you can four counties. Unfortunatley I couldn't climb to the top to see the view because the tower was closed to the public due to vandalism. This angered me greatly. Not because I was couldn't see the view but because of the mindless idiots who thought it "fun" or "a laugh" to damage something that was built in the 1700's. This also leads me onto the mind numbing realisation that somebody somewhere gave somebody somewhere else permission to construct a huge electricity pylon in an 18th Century Park with a Grade I listing and so close to such a wonderful looking tower. There is, quite simply, no end to the stupidity (and ignorance) of the human race. Painshill Park was created between 1738 and 1773 by the Hon. Charles Hamilton who was the 9th son and 14th child of the 6th Earl of Abercom.

Mill & Pond :- The famous village pond in Rottingdean is what the entire village itself was originally built and centered around. The village is first mentioned as Rotingeden in the Domesday Book of 1086 but its origins are far older and go back to the Saxons who invaded the region in 450–500 AD. In the distance, high up on the hill you can clearly see the famous black smock windmill that is Beacon Mill. She was built in 1802 and is now grade II listed. The mill has become an emblem for the village and also appears on the signs as you enter the village.

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