Thursday, 2 July 2015

A Vanishing Point, Painshill Lake and Devil's Dyke

A Vanishing Point :- Brighton seafront and Kemp Town beach in a heavy sea mist. The long turquoise railings vanish into the haze and an entire coastal resort and city is hidden from view. The beach is now considerably higher than it was in victorian times. The steps that lead down at this point are only few in mumber as the rest plunge into the depths of the pebbles. I've been told that the beach is 15 feet or 4.57 metres deep with pebbles in places. You can clearly see in this image that they are almost to the top of the sea wall.

Painshill Lake :- The shot was taken from the path that runs over and above the Crystal Grotto in Painshill Park in Cobham , Surrey. I liked the way that the trees on iether side seemed to frame the water and reflections perfectly. It was a beautifully hot day and I was amazed to find that the park was remakably quiet and devoid of people. A few here and there but on the whole I had the place to myself.

Devil's Dyke :- Quite literally a legendary place and beauty spot within Sussex and just a few miles outside of the City of Brighton. The Dyke is a 100m deep V-shaped valley on the South Downs Way that got its name from a legend that stated the Devil was furious at the conversion of the area to Christianity. The Lord of Darkness was said to be so angry that he decided to dig a dyke cutting direclty through the South Downs to enable the sea to flood in and consume the villages. It is said that Beelzebub dug the Dyke out in one night to make sure his plans were not thwarted. His nighttime efforts woke up an old woman living nearby who lit a candle to see what was going on. The light from the candle woke her cockerel who began to crow. It is said that Lucifer saw the light and heard the cockerel and was tricked into thinking it was dawn, downed his tools of darkness and the Weald was saved. A load of hogwahs but a great story all the same. It's common belief by many of Brighton's local residents that the Dyke was formed by glacial action but that's not correct as it's actually the result of solifluction (a gradual mass wasting slope process related to freeze-thaw activity) and river erosion (removal of soil and rock by water).

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