Monday, 12 October 2015

Way Lit, Gravesend Pier and All Before Me

Way Lit :- Even the most mundane things make for good images if you choose to look at them the right way and shoot them at the right time. By day this stretch of road is nothing much to look at, it's also busy too so there's not much chance of standing at this spot to take the shot. This is the approch road that divides in two as you enter Brighton Marina. One section curves off to the left and dips down to a roundabout that takes you to a Superstore or the Marina Village or lower levels of the car parks etc. But if you don't take the curve to the left and carry straight on you find yourself on the section in this image which leads to the top of the car park. I'd taken the stairs up and was wandering around the open air levels when I spotted this view. The odd car was still coming in so I chose my moment carefully in order to get the shot I wanted whilst remaining safe.

Gravesend Pier :- A little bit of history tucked away in the darkly named Gravesend in Kent. This pier stands on a bank of the River Thames and is the is the oldest surviving cast iron pier in the world. It was built in 1834 and was designed by William Tierney Clark who also designed the beautiful Hammersmith Bridge in London, a suspension bridge over the River Adur in Shoreham-by-Sea in Sussex and also the Széchenyi Chain Bridge across the Danube in Budapest, Hungary. The boat passenger pier served well up until the arrival of the railway where it then ceased to be used after the 1900's. In the year 2000 the pier was restored and is now once again used by passengers of the Water Taxis as they take peopl up and down the Thames. As a side note it's also fascinating to know that Gravesend is where the real Pocahontas was laid to rest when she died in 1617. She is buried (exact location unknown) somewhere in St. George's Church which is just a few minutes walk from this is a Grade II* listed pier.

All Before Me :- I know this view so very well as it's often one of the the routes that I choose to take when walking to and from Brighton. When it's cold, spitting with rain and windy it's a rather hostile place to find yourself (which i have done on numerous occasions) but when it's bright and sunny it's a most pleasurable walk that commands wonderful views of the English Channel. The cliffs along this stretch are (approx) 80 feet in height with only a thin wire fence that separates you form the edge and the drop. You can just see a section of the Eastern protective arm of Brighton marina on the far right of the image.

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