Thursday, 27 August 2015

Forty Three and Four, Still Waters and The Barrow

Forty Three and Four :- Brighton's iconic and ornate cast iron arches on Madeira Drive are now closed off to the public. Fences obstruct access at every given point due to the entire Victorian terrace being deemed unsafe and structurally unsound. Hopefully plans are being made to save the arches and terrace in some shape or form but at the moment all we can do is sit and wait. I ventured down to take a look last Saturday (23rd August 2015) and took this shot through a gap in the fencing. It shows of the intricate ironwork and design that was the brainchild of Philip C Lockwood who was the Brighton Borough Surveyor also responsible for the interior of Brighton Museum and for the wonderful 'Bird Cage' Bandstand that's on the seafront. The flight of steps lead up to Marine Parade and bring you out opposite Bedford Street. The sun was high in the mid afternoon sky and causing the iron work and railings to cast their shadows.

Still Waters :- Hardly a ripple. Very unusual for the English Channel. It's waves are normally bashing around on the coastline and thundering around like a bull in a china shop but on this day it was flat, still and calm. As luck would have it I managed to hit the beach just as the light was right, I admit I was trying to achieve this but sometimes things don't always go to plan. The dying sunlight caused the water's surface to throw the breakwater and rocks into silhouette. The shot was taken on the beach at Ovingdean Gap in Brighton.

The Barrow :- Beacon Hill Nature Reserve sits between the villages of Rottingdean and Ovingdean on the South coast in Sussex. It's a wide open area of land covering (approx) 45 acres with a half a mile (or so) long bridleway that cuts through the middle over the top down towards the sea. At the seaward end you'll find the famous "Besacon Mill" windmill which is now a registered seamark and dates from 1802. Dog walkers, joggers and people out for an afternoon stroll mingle with the wildlife and on the odd occasion sheep are also put out to graze up on the hillside. Many are unaware that the humps and bumps on the hill are ancient. This shot was taken from the end of one the Neolithic long barrow that's up on the hill. A long barrow is a rectangular or trapezoidal tumuli or earth mound that what used as a collective tomb. They are prehistoric monuments and the one on Beacon Hill is said to date back to at least 4000 years BC and wasn't 'discovered' until 1995 when it was spotted in an aerial survey. Who were they? I have no idea. Why were they up here? No idea again. But I know it's one incredible place to walk or rest and look out over the Channel. Did the land look like this back in there day? Haven't a clue. Now move along ... there's nothing to see here.

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