Wednesday, 23 September 2015

The Shambles, Course Trees and Beach Art

The Shambles :- I have to won up and admit that I am rather pleased with this shot and image. I like the angle that I chose to take it from and caught it just as the street was quiet (very rare) and the shop lights were being turned on. It was taken from the Northen end of the street looking down towards the 16th-century Golden Fleece Inn situated in Pavement. So this is The Shambles which is one of the most famous streets in Britain and winner of Google's Most Picturesque Street in Britain in 2010. The street is mentioned in the Domesday book of 1086 which means it's over 900 years old. It's also Europe's best preserved Medieval street and the oldest street in the City of York. This was once a street full of Butcher's shops and twice a week their waste would be chucked out into the channel running up the center and all the blood and offal would be washed down the road. It's not often you get the chance to walk down a real Medieval street that's survived the ages. If you ever find yourself in the City of York this is one place you must visit!

Course Trees :- A mixture of things make up this rural scene. First of all you have a section of East Brighton Golf Course in the fore and midground. The sloping land in the 'front' of the image is actually part of a par 5 fairway. Beyond the trees in the middle we leave the Golf Course and hit farmland that rolls around and then in the distance running along the horizon there's dark outline of Woodingdean village.

Beach Art :- Nothing to do with me at all. I wasn't trying to be artistic. This is the scene that met me when I'd walked from Seaford, up and over Seaford Head and dropped down to the beach at Cuckmere Haven on the Sussex coast. Someone had been busy on the beach and neat little piles of stones had been left on the old wooden breakwater. The late afternoon light was hitting the chalk face of the famous Seven Sisters Cliffs and everything was just right for me to simply aim the camera and click. Beautiful.

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