Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Balcombe Viaduct, Breakwater Sundown and Great Cedar

Balcombe Viaduct :- This is the mighty and very majestic Balcombe Viaduct otherwise known as the Ouse Valley Viaduct just north of Haywards Heath in west Sussex. It was built in 1841 and used an incredible 11 million bricks that were shipped over from the Netherlands and cost £38,500 to construct. There are 37 arches and it is 96 feet (29 m) high and 1,475 feet (450 m) in length. The most remarkable things about this countryside architecture is that it is still in use as it is part of the main London to Brighton line and carries (approx) 110 trains on a daily basis.

Breakwater Sundown :- This shot was taken from the top of the first groyne / breakwater that lies to the West of Brighton Marina. The stretch of beach is in an area known as Kemp Town and it's (approx) a mile walk from here to the famous Brighton Pier. The seas had been rough so the breakwater had caught a lot of pebbles and shingle. It was November and the skies were heavy and giving off the sort of cold light that you only ever see at the end of the year.

Great Cedar :- Most people photograph this tree from a nearer view point but I thought it looked grander and far more resplendant from this position on the chinese bridge. This is the "Great Cedar" that stands within Painshill Park in Cobham, Surrey. Just to give you a sense of scale the tree stands at an impressive 120 ft or 36.57 metres in height and is over 100 ft or 30.48 metres across. At it's base it has a girth of 30 ft or 9.14 metres. It is a "Cedrus libani" (Cedar of Lebanon) and it is thought that this fine specimen in Painshill Park is the largest in Europe.

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