Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Gold & Calm, Sussex Square and Pastel Seascape

Gold & Calm :- Today is a good day to post this image. After yesterday's horrific events in Bangkok I thought i'd show you all the Thailand that I know and love. This is not the bomb ridden, violent, military coup Thailand that the press forever center on and fall over themselves to report. This is the quiet, peaceful and karmic Thailand of smiling faces, golden Buddhas and lotus blossoms. I took this shot and image at Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, a Theravada wat / temple that's situated up a mountain called "Doi Suthep" on the edge of the City of Chiang Mai in Northern Thailand. In order to get to this point you have to negotiate 309 reasonably steep steps but it's well worth the effort. To the right of the image you can see the tample's famous Golden Stupa.

Sussex Square :- A different shot and image of a famous square tucked away in Kemp Town, Brighton. There are a few Blue plaques (historical markers) placed on the walls of various buildings here. The plaque on No. 22 reads "Thomas Read Kemp (1782-1844). MP and developer of Kemptown, lived here 1827-1837". Number 46 reads "Anthony Dale (1912-1993). Author, historian and conservationist. Wrote many volumes of history on Brighton". But the one that is the most well known is that of number 11 Sussex Square. The Blue plaque on the wall of that building reads "Lewis Carroll (Reverend Charles Dodgson) (1832-1898). Author of Alice in Wonderland, his sister lived here 1874-1887, and he was a frequent visitor". The gardens behind the railings and hedge are private and only accessible to residents. It is more than likely that Lewis Carol relaxed and wandered in these very gardens.

Pastel Seascape :- You can't plan for these things. You just have to get up off your butt, grab your camera and hope things fall into place once you're out there. Sometimes it's a complete wast of time but those wasted moments and trips out are a fine trade off for all the times it pays off. When I set out on this day it was overcast and fairly gloomy. I decided to drive out to Seaford on the south coast of England anyway, parked the car on the seafront and headed up and over Seaford Head cliffs. About 20 minutes into the walk the sky cleared up and I was able to take this shot and wonderful scene from the cliff top.

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