Sunday, 20 December 2015

Ice House Exit, Stone Arches and Wall to Wall

Ice House Exit :- Or Entrance depending whether you're coming or going! In this case it was most definitely the exit as I was standing in the darkness and looking out at the vibrant colours of nature. The ice house is in 18th Century landscaped Painshill Park which is near Cobham in Surrey. Nowadays most of us have frideges and freezers which keep our ffod cold and fresh and also readily supply us with ice when we need it. But in the 17 & 1800's there were no white goods and even if there were there'd have been no electricity for us to plug them in and fire them up! So ice houses were built where ice could be kept and preserved for use during warmer weather. These ice houses were either built into hillsides or had deep pits within them. The recently restored ice house at Painshill Park dates from 1830 and is set deep in the hillside that the Gothic Temple stands upon.

Stone Arches :- A Christmas Tree stands in the halflight within the old Church of St Margaret's in the village of Rottingdean on the outskirts of Brighton. The Church is a Grade II* listed building and some sections of it date from the 13th Century. In 1377 French raiders landed and ransacked the villaged. Fearing for their safety the villagers fled and gathered here thinking they were safe in the sanctuary of the Church. They weren't. The french raiders set the Church alight and the villagers within it all perished. In 1856 the Church went through a major restoration and rebuilding project. The three-bay south aisle was added and an ancient window from the old aisle was carefully removed and built it into one of the new walls. The Church is also famous for having several stained glass windows by the Pre-Raphaelite artist and designer Sir Edward Burne-Jones who lived in the village for a time with his wife Georgiana (Lady Burne-Jones). Sir Edward Burne-Jones is buried in the nave and his wife and granddaughter (the novelist Angela Thirkell) are also buried at the Church. After his death in February 2011 the famous rock and blues guitarist Gary Moore was buried here.

Wall to Wall :- The warm glow of sunset catches a section of the three mile long sea wall and undercliff walk that stretches all the way from Brighton to Saltdean. The tide was out which enabled me to explore the beach and get the view point and shot that I wanted. There's a lot going on in this peaceful and tranquil image. Different textures make up the landscape. It's full of angles and leading lines. There's power to it yet it remains calming. In the distant peach haze the coastal City and seaside resort of Brighton can be seen.

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Saturday, 19 December 2015

Sign From Above, Natural & the Unnatural and The Grand Hotel

Sign From Above :- It's incredible to think that I managed to walk out this far so that I could look up from under the famous Brighton tourist attraction and get a shot of its sign without getting my feet wet! The tide was the lowest I had ever seen it due to a Perigee moon and its gravitational pull. A day or so before we'd also witnessed the blood red eclipse of the moon so everything was effected greatly by the magnificent celestial spectacle. Normally you'd have to be in a boat or swimming to get a shot like this and not that good with either so I was overjoyed to be able to do it on foot and excited to take advantage of such a rare opportunity.

Natural and the Unnatural :- It's very rare that I venture this far along the coast. I usually lurk within the area that covers Hove, Brightonand the villages of Ovingdean and Rottingdean to the East. On this occasion i'd actually gone further East and found myself in Telscombe. I'd not been down on the beach there before and after a bit of searching to find the way down I finally made it and went exploring. It's quite different from the beaches at Saltdean and Rottingdean. There's a large wastewater treatment facility called the Portobello Treatment Works that's at the foot of the cliffs. It looks very out of place and is somewhat alien to the rest of the landscape. It could very well be another world down here which may explain why the beach at Telscombe was once used as a filming location for 'Doctor Who'.

The Grand Hotel :- At the end of every year Brighton's famous Grand Hotel is bathed in blue light and adorned with twinkling lights for Christmas and the New Year. The hotel was built in 1864 and was designed by an architect named John Whichcord Jr. At the time it was built for the 'upper classes' visiting the seaside resort and to this day it is still one of the most expensive hotels in the city. The hotel had a "Vertical Omnibus" installed which was the first lift / elevator built in the United Kingdom outside of London and London only had two installed itself. The hotel is also famous for a far more sinister reason. On the 12th October 1984 at 2:51am an IRA bomb went off in an attempt to kill Margaret Thatcher the Prime Minister who was staying at the hotel due to the Conservative Party conference that was being held at the Brighton Center (next door). The entire middle section of the hotel was blown out and collapsed. The 201 roomed hotel was patched up, rebuilt and re-opened again on the 28th August 1986.

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Friday, 18 December 2015

Sleeping Fields, Moat Light and Beam & Storm

Sleeping Fields :- A myriad of shades, colours and hues provided by Mother Nature at twilight. There's a magical quality that natural light takes on around dusk. It's a completely different light that you simply don't see at any other time of the day. As night subside to daylight and the sun comes up dawn provides a cold light that gradually turns to warmth with every passing minute but with sundown something else happens. The warm light of the day begins to get warmer whilst at the same time the light fades yet somehow manages to get even more colourful just before it's extinguished altogether by the onset of night. I never tire of watching it...or photographing it for that matter.

Moat Light :- If I were standing at this very spot a few hundred years ago I'd find myself very much under water and most probably also under fire as arrows and other missiles rained down on me from above. This is the long since dried out moat that still surrounds the site that was once the mighty Bramber Castle. Little is known about the Castle and apart from the odd bit of wall and a large section of gatehouse nothing remains. Wandering around the moat was quite an adventure as I'd gone there on my own so 'rustled' and 'crunched' my way through in silence with just the odd bit of biord song to accompany me. It was very atmospheric and it put it all into perspective when I looked up the very steep hill and saw a remaining section of curtain wall towering up through the trees. What must it have been like when the Castle was occupied? What was it like to be here during the documented seige and skirmishes? We'll never really know as the area is now very picturesque and misleadingly quiet. The ruined mediaeval castle is in Bramber which is a former manor, village and civil parish in the Horsham District of West Sussex, England.

Beam & Storm :- Dark, damp and seriously moody. The undercliff walk and beach at Saltdean took on a completely different look as a stormy sky engulfed the Sussex coast! Out on the horizon a wide beam of light managed to break through which immediately made me think of the old Hollywood epics based on stories from the Bible or the Science Fiction films where people, planes or aircraft would be beamed up by some UFO. I stood around for a while watching the clouds get darker and then realised just how cold it was getting so decided to call it a day and head home.

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Thursday, 17 December 2015

Glimpse of Domesday, Open Skies and South of Heaven

Glimpse of Domesday :- An image that is pretty much timeless. No power cables or TV aerials. No modern structures towering up towards the heavens. Just a field, a low stone wall, a couple of buildings and an 11th Century Church. This is the old part of Ovingdean village on the South coast near Brighton in Sussex. It's ancient and is (like many other villages in sussex) mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086. This was part of William de Warenne's domain. William de Warenne was the son in law of William the Conqueror and after he had played a major role in the Battle of Hastings of 1066 he was awarded large grants of land, some of which were in Ovingdean due to being part of the Rape (land division) of Lewes.

Open Skies :- The famous coast guard's houses and beach at Cuckmere Haven near Seaford on the South Coast of England. They are usually photographed 99.9% of the time from the hill that they are on so that the picturesque and stunningly beautiful Seven Sisters Cliffs form a striking background but I thought it would be interesting to put a different spin and perspective on it all by pointing the camera towards the West and shooting them from across the mouth of the estuary. Most think it would be amazing to live in such a place, commanding magnificent sea views 100% of the time and having one of the most incredible places in Sussex as your back graden but I don't think it's as wonderful as people think. Recent storms over the last few years have made me realise just how fragile our entire coastline is and that living in an 1830's built house that's lost a lot of its back garden due to erosion and is just a few feet above sea level is not such a great idea at all!

South of Heaven :- Afternoon sun gets in my eyes as I walk up a steep cliff top route that takes me West along the Coast from Saltdean to the village of Rottingdean. Just a few old concrete posts and some thin strands of wire are all that seperate me from the edge of the cliff and the sea and beach approximately 80 feet below. You can feel the warm air rise here as it comes up over the cliff top. Every now and then a lazy gull makes full use of the thermals and saves energy as it glides by with its wings outstretched.

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Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Last Light, Roll and Morning Light

Last Light :- A colour shot masquerading as a black and white image! Purposely shot so that the outside light coming through the windows would darken the interior and demonstrate just how moody it was and what it actually felt like to be walking around this abandoned Church that was all set to be demolished. This was one of the last photographs of the interior of St Alban's Church in Coombe Road, Brighton. The Church was built between 1910 and 1914 by Lacy W. Ridge to serve an area in Brighton known as East Preston. It finally closed its doors on closed on 22nd November 2006 and was flattened and eradicated from the landscape in 2013.

Roll :- A shot that was taken during far warmer and sunnier times. The fields and rolling hills are part of farmland that's opposire an area known as 'High and Over' in Seaford, Sussex. The view is looking West towards Newhaven (in the distant haze) with the ancient and historical village of Alfriston just a few miles down the road to the North.

Morning Light :- Here's a view that I know very well. This cliff top path is one of the routes that take when I am walking to and from the village of Ovingdean and Brighton. The path dips down at Roedean and if you catch it at the right time of day the sea glistenes in the sunlight. The image was shot mid morning and has caught the colours of the wild flowers and the vibrant green of the grass and foliage!

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Tuesday, 15 December 2015

Gate & Stones, Three Panels and Drying Out

Gate & Stones :- A mid afternoon shot of the Churchyard and Gate of St Peter's Parish Church in Chailey near Lewes in Sussex. The Church dates from the 13th Century and is situated on Chailey Green. The shot was taken from within the Church grounds looking West towards the old lych gate.

Three Panels :- I have to be honest and say I have no idea why these three large concrete slabs are placed here against the sea wall of the undercliff walk that runs between Brighton and Saltdean. They do not appear anywhere else along the three or so mile stretch. Just here. I presume (which is always dangerous) that the wall was beginning to fail at these three points and needed strengthening but then why didn't if fail in other areas. Maybe they serve some other purpose which I cannot think of. Anyway I found them to be a visual treat so here they are!

Drying Out :- Surrounded by mountains and thick jungle I found myself in a village in the middle of nowhere in Northern Thailand. This was way off the beaten track. Not your package holiday or backpacking Tie-dye t-shirt wearing full moon partying tourist Thailand. This was real Thailand with hot and cold running lizards, stray dogs staring at you with incredulous looks and an age old gag on repeat as every few seconds a chicken crossed the dirt road. With every breath you lungs filled with hot air and you could feel your calf muscles burn as the midday sun was bringing your legs to the boil. Every now and then a villager would 'put put' by on a clapped out motorbike held together with bits of wire and a plastic bag over the seat. Kids would shout out as you flip - flopped by with a "schlap schlap" sound that gave away you were a foreigner as all locals merely shuffled which effectively put them and their footwear into stealth mode. All the time the heat was beating down. The glorious warmth making you smile without realising it. This was my home for a while.

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Monday, 14 December 2015

450 Meters, Below Front and Old Lady

450 Meters :- This is a shot of the Ouse Valley Viaduct (also known as the Balcombe Viaduct) looking from the Northern end towards the Southern end. It's located between Haywards Heath and Balcombe in Sussex. It carried the London to Brighton Railway Line over the River Ouse and is an incredible 1,475 feet in length and 96 feet in height. What's even more impressive is that it was built in 1841 and used 11 million bricks that were brought by ship from the Netherlands. This beautiful Grade II listed structure is often missed entirely as most whizz over the top of it by train on their journey and therefore completely miss it!

Below Front :- A somewhat unconventional shot of Brighton's famous pier and tourist attraction. An early November evening during low tide after dark, the pier and front all lit up and refelcting in the wet sands. I went by unnnoticed standing down on the beach in the dark, blending in with the shadows. Up on the promenade people were going about the tradition of queing up for fish and chips whilst the bars were beginnning to fill with evening revellers.

Old Lady :- She's stood here since 1866. With her back to the horizon she's been staring at Regency Square and Brighton's seafront for all those years. She's entertained and played host to many famous actors and musicians. She's appeared in films, on TV and put on shows of her own. Now she's enjoying retirement. She's not as strong as she used to be. She's frail and has lost her looks but is still dignified and a grand old lady!

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Sunday, 13 December 2015

Fire Bucket, White Alcove and Hues of Winter

Fire Bucket :- Not the sort of thing that many would stop and photograph. Especially when you consider that this little insignificant corner is part of Bletchley Park, the 'home of the code breakers' where there are many more fascinating things to point a camera at! But I loved the look of the old worn door with the peeling black paint, the old yellow triangular sign with wording that's hard to make out and the old fire bucket. It's and insight into just how things were back in the 1940's when Bletchley Park was a hive of secret activity with people working things out with pencil and paper and machines number crunched and helped cracked cyphers.

White Alcove :- This beautiful alcove is located in the corner of St John the Baptist's Church in Kemp Town , Brighton. It was the first Roman Catholic church to be built in Brighton after the Catholic Emancipation in the early 19th century. The Grade II* listed building was funded by Maria Fitzherbert (who secretly contracted an invalid marriage with the Prince Regent) and completed in 1835.

Hues of Winter :- Cold sky, cold sea and a wintry sunset. The tones change with the seasons and this shot and image is full of the colours and shades of winter. Just a splash of molten gold is added by a star burning 92.96 million miles away.

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Saturday, 12 December 2015

Red Cafe, The Village Club and Set the Night on Fire

Red Cafe :- Places always look warm and cozy when you're outside in the cold and looking in! Thuis is a shot of 'Café Rouge' which is a restaurant on the boardwalk known as 'Mermaid Walk' at Brighton Marina. There are many cafés along this stretch all jostling for attention and custom. I have never set foot in any of them and have constantly found myself outside in the cold and looking in!

The Village Club :- This is the ' Rottingdean Club' (also known as Ye Olde Place Club) which is located on the High Street of the famous historical village a few miles to the East of Brighton. It's a private members club and is yet another of Brighton's listed buildings at Grade II. It's a single house constructed in the 18th Century or earlier. It's a very quaint building with its knapped flint and red brick dressings, brick quoins and tiled porch along its entire length.

Set the Night on Fire :- A stunning sunset during a seriously low perigee tide on Brighton beach on the South coast of England. People were taking full advantage of the spectacle and walking out as far as they could. Little black silhouettes were dotted about the beach and looking on in awe.

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Friday, 11 December 2015

Storm on the Horizon, Pleasure Palace and Golden Face

Storm on the Horizon :- A cool but pleasant sunny afternoon resulted in me taking a walk and ending up on the beach at Saltdean. From the lower promenade I looked over the sea wall and saw the huge and odd patterning left on the beach by the waves. The ridges fascinated me and before long I found myself crunching across the pebbles to grab a shot of the wavy lines. It was then that I noticed a storm rising up in the East. It was a long way off but the clouds were of tremendous size and looked like they meant business.

Pleasure Palace :- Ablaze with light. In fact Brighton's famous Pier takes a selection of 62,000 energy saving bulbs, neons and low voltage lights to light it up each and every night! The Palace Pier (as it was known befre it was renamed) was originally designed by Richard St. George Moore (1858-1926) and its construction began in 1891 before finally opening to the public a few years later in 1899 and costing £27,000 to build. It had many additions and alterations since it first opened and the Grade II listed structure is officially the fifth most visited free attraction in the country with the other four (British Museum, National Gallery, Tate Modern and Natural History Museum) all being in London. In 2014 the pier saw 4.5 million visitors pass through its entrance.

Golden Face :- Late afternoon / early evening sun gives the beach and white chalk face of the cliffs at Ovingdean Gap a warm glow. It wasn't that warm though. In fact my fingers were frozen and I was pleased i'd taken the trouble to warp up warm before venturing out. The beach was deserted. No joggers, cyclists, dog walkers or runners to be seen in any direction. Just the odd gull and myself with the sound of the waves rolling in and out. With every second the sun got lower it also got a fraction colder. It was time to head back home.

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Thursday, 10 December 2015

Cycle Track, See Pier and Slimed

Cycle Track and Sports Ground :- Not just any cycle track and sports ground as this is said to be the oldest cycle track in the UK. It's situated at the far Northern end of the 63 acre Preston Park which is one of Brighton's largest parks. The Velodrome was built in 1877 by the British Army and originally had a cinder surface before being replaced with tarmac in 1936. The track length (single lap) is 579.03 metres (633.23 yards). We nearly lost it altogether this year as in January (2015) the track was assessed and said to be unfit for racing. A 'Save Preston Park Cycle Track' campaign was started and in September this year Brighton and Hove councillors approved a plan to inject £300,000 of cash to save the historic outdoor circuit.

See Pier :- A cold, winter sun begins its decent and aims for the horizon on the South coast of England. The pushing and dragging of pebbles by the waves provides the soundtrack to this iconic Brighton view. The skeletal frame of the old 1866 built West Pier stands defiant as the water dances and swirls around its legs and ankles. It holds it head aloft in retirement whilst remembering what it once was and thinking of all the pleasure it provided for so many years.

Slimed :- The huge defensove sea wall of the undercliff walk stretches from Brighton all the way along to Saltdean which is a few miles to the East. The design is constant and continuos from Brighton to Rottingdean but the Rottingdean to Saltdean section differs slightly. The main 'Undercliff Walk' was built between 1930 and 1933 and ended at rottingdean but in 1935 it was extended to meet Saltdean and that section is constructed slightly differently as it has 'steps' at its base opped to dropping straight down like the other section. These 'steps' lead nowhere and merely serve to help break up the waves as they hit the wall.

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Wednesday, 9 December 2015

Out of the Loop, Arches Gallery and Avebury Manor

Out of the Loop :- This was my view way away from the beaten track and high up on a hill and farmland that overlooks the Cuckmere Estuary near Seaford on the South coast of England. The river Cuckmere is certainly the most meandering and winding river I think I have ever seen. It's a very famous part of Sussex due to the river and the Seven Sisters cliffs that are at the far end.

Arches Gallery :- Closed for business but still lit from within. Light spills out of the windows and creates a silhouetted store front. These are the well known Kings Road Arches on the lower promenade of Brighton's seafront. They used to house fishing boats back in the 1800's and early 1900's and then became rather run down and dilapidated until it was an area best avoided altogether by the 1980's. Then it was suddenly overhauled and went through a period of rejuvenation as various bars, cafes, galleries and souvenir stores took over the old arches and turned the area in a bright bohemian beachside.

Avebury Manor :- A sneaky shot as it looks like I was visitng the Manor but I was actually on the other side of the locked gate that I poked my camera through! The estate was originally bought by Sir William Dunch of Little Wittenham in 1551. Parts of the Manor House date from the 16th Century but it's had many alterations, additions, extensions and changes over the years since then. The Manor is just a stones throw (pun intended) from the huge Neolithic henge monument containing three stone circles that has made avebury so famous. The henge is said to have been built somewhere around 2600 BCE and is the largest stone circle in Europe.

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Tuesday, 8 December 2015

Curtain Wall, The Gap and Backed by Greenery

Curtain Wall :- If only we could see into the past. I don't mean with film or photos or with written down history ... I mean actually see and visualize it. A bit like having a Star Trek "holodeck" but instead of being in a room you could set it up somewhere (indoors or out) to show you what or who was once there and how things actually looked and functioned. I read "Timeline" by Michael Crichton once and that was aong the same sort of line of thought that I had when I was standing in the ruins of Bramber Castle (seen in this image) and taking various photographs. It's hard to imagine just how it looked. What scale was it on? How high did it rise? How many rooms did it have? Where was this and where was that? Where would I be standing now if I could travel back to 1070 just four four years after the Norman Invasion and the famous Battle of Hastings? How many lived here? We do know who lived here though. That was William De Braose, 1st feudal baron. We also know that the castle was at one point 'confiscated' by the tyrannical King John who famously attempted a rebellion against King Richard Ist's royal administrators whilst his brother (also known as Richard the Lionheart) was participating in the Third Crusade. Sadly very little is known about the history of Bramber Castle and all we have now are a few sections of crumbling wall and a large, tall section (one wall) of gatehouse. It's hard to look at a lawn and see a castle full of people.

The Gap :- Looking like the entrance to some Citadel or fortress this is the back and sea defences at Ovingdean Gap just a few miles to the East of Brighton on the South coast of England. They were built between 1930 and 1933 to help provide work during the depression and to vitaly protect the fragile and crumbling chalk cliffs.

Backed by Greenery :- There was a time when I would see things ike this on a daily basis. For a while I found myself living in the stunning City of Chiang Mai in Northern Thailand. It was full of pleasurable sights, sounds and tastes and also very, very full of Temples. The City was founded in 1296 and various Kings (and Queens) made it their own over time by building additions to the City over the last 700 years. This means that Chiang Mai now has over 200 Temples to explore. Many are in excellent condition and a handful are very well know and famous. They are places where you can easily step away from the mayhem and find peace and quiet. You feel instantly relaxed as soon as you enter the grounds and even more so if you slip your footwear off and enter the temples themselves where your feet will benefit from the cool tiles or wodden floors. Now I find myself back in England and have been for longer than I wished for. I greatly miss Thailand and all that it had to offer and share. It still has a huge place in my heart and will forever be my second home ... physically and spiritually.

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Monday, 7 December 2015

Mazda Electric Fountain, Walk With Me and Distant Gatehouse

Mazda Electric Fountain :- Many consider it to be ugly but like much of Brighton's history, architecture and oddities I have grown to love it. This is the 'Mazda Electric Fountain', a huge hulking iron beast that is absolutely beautiful when it's up and running. It was was donated and given to Brighton in 1930 by the Thompson-Houston company after being removed from an exhibition. Nobody is quite sure as to which exhibition it was part of but it's widley specualted it came from the British Empire Exhibition of 1925. The fountain originally had two mechanisms, one would drive the jets of water and the other would control concealed coloured lighting that would illuminate the water from below. The huge rivets and iron panels make me think of the Titanic and ships of that time. The fountain is now under threat as the area it stands in (called "Valley Gardens") is facing a £20 million overhaul with road layouts being changed and the central greenery being remodelled. Much to the shock of may residents the fountain does not feature in the new plans at all and Brighton and Hove City Council have explained that “The Mazda Fountain has no inherent historic connection to Valley Gardens". Which I find odd as it's stood in this very spot for 85 years!

Walk With Me :- I have know this odd looking walkway and route my entire life. It was built at the base of the cliffs in the 1930's and runs for several miles between Brighton and Saltdean with a couple of access points to the villages of Ovingdean and Rottingdean. I take it for granted I don't really see it for what it is but when I look at some of the images I have created of it it suddenly dawns on me just how 'alien' it looks. This scene could easily be from some Science Fiction film.

Distant Gatehouse :- Not a lake or a river but a moat! In fact at over a mile in length it's England's longest medieval water filled moat. It encircles Michelham Priory which is Grade I listed and the site of a former Augustine Priory located in Hailsham which is in Sussex. In the middle of the sht you can just make out a white stone tower that's reflecting in the water, that's the 14th-century gatehouse and entrance to the historic house and its seven acres of gardens. It's said that Thomas Becket fell into the mill stream at Michelham and that it was dissolved by Henry VIII in 1536 and became the first site awarded to Thomas Cromwell who was the architect of the Dissolution.

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Sunday, 6 December 2015

Firle Barn, Grays Court & Minster and Multi Coloured Haven

Firle Barn :- The village of Firle is in the Lewes District of East Sussex and (approx) a 25 minute drive from the City of Brighton. It's av ery small village with a fascinating history and is mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086. Sir John Gage KG (1479 – 1556) lived here and he had various haigh and mighty positions as he was Esquire of the Body to both Henry VII and Henry VIII. He was Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster , Comptroller of the Household, Constable of the Tower and Lord Chamberlain as well as being a Knight of the Garter and attending the funeral of Henry VIII (he was also appointed one of the executors of the king's will) and bore the train of Mary I at her coronation. Virginia Wolf also lived here for a while at 'Little Talland House' nand her sister Vanessa Bell also moved here and regularly played host to the Bloomsbury Group. Desmond Llewelyn who famously played 'Q' in the James Bond films for many years also lived in Firle.

Grays Court & Minster :- A shot of the 'back' of York's mighty Minster taken from a section of the old City wall between Micklegate Bar and Bootham Bar. The Cathedral still towers over the city but can be obscured by modern architecture depending on where you are. It must have been a very different and god fearing experience in Medieval days when the buildings and much of the City were only two or three storeys high and the Cathedral to the North and Castle to the South dominated the skyline and put its subjects firmly in their place.

Multi Coloured Haven :- Purples, blues, yellows and golds. A scene that if you painted it people would swear blind you were using artistic license. Of course the reality is that real life and nature is nothing like our concept iof it. Mountains are not always 'pointy', grass is not always green, skies and seas are not always blue. The shot was taken on the beach at Ovingdean Gap which is a few miles to the East of Brighton.

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Saturday, 5 December 2015

Sans Sea, Books Pottery Cards and Staring at the Sun II

Sans Sea :- I know there have been various computer simulations and depictions of what the Earth would look like without all the seas, oceans and water but they always look rather clean and uncluttered etc. I'd like to see what it would really look like with all the litter that's usually floating around and all the old boats, planes and ships sitting on the seabed. I think we'd be shocked beyond belief. This shot was taken during low tide on the beach at Peacehaven which is several miles East of the City of Brighton.

Books Pottery Cards :- An art gallery located in Brighton's famous seafront arches is all lit up just before closing down for the night. When it's like this the promenade hardly looks like it's changed since the late 1800's. The only real difference is that there's electric light in use and not gas lamps but if you put a few crinoline wearing Ladies and a few frock coated and top hat wearing Gents in the scene you'd not know the difference. The seafront's look and style has become an iconic part of Brighton and is instantly recogniseable as being that of the famous seaside City!

Staring at the Sun II :- I remember standing at that spot and thinking if I crouch down enough I can get the sun to clip horizon. So I did. What I wasn't expecting to see when I processed the shot was that the sun had also caught the upper left hand sweep and was glinting off the woodwork and that it had also caught the blades of grass nicely to the bottom right of the picture. So what you are looking at here is the famous Beacon Mill (also known simply as 'Rottingdean Windmill') which is located high up on the Beacon Hill Nature Reserve which is part of the village of Rottingdean and aslo sits at the 'front' of the village of Ovingdean effectively separtaing the two villages on the coast. Beacon Mill was built in 1802 and is a grade II listed smock mill which has been restored as a seamark.

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Friday, 4 December 2015

Summer Down, Beach View and Outer Wall

Summer Down :- This magnificent scenery was shot near the Summer Down Car Park at Devil's Dyke on the outskirts of Brighton in Sussex. The view is looking North towards the villages of Poynings, Henfiled and Partridge Green. When the weather is clear you can see for miles and miles from up here. Footpaths, bridleways and tracks lead off in all directions so you can walk and explore this incredible part of the famous South Downs Way.

Beach View :- Not Brighton but Hove beach just West of the old and run down King Alfred Complex. A smouldering sky was beginning to fade and the clouds were changing from pink to grey as the light dimmed. People were up on the promenade walking dogs, jogging, roller skating and walking. Not one of them seemed to stop to take it all in. Each and every single person up there was in a world of their own and blissfully unaware that other things were happening outside of their bubble. I was on the beach, breathing in the air and taking time to watch us spinning and the light fade. I was the only one on the beach...again.

Outer Wall :- Heavy clouds lurk overhead and threaten the afternoon with a soaking. I found myself far out on the Western sea wall of Looe Harbour in Cornwall and trying my best stay away from the egde as the wind was picking up. The West country of England is a stunning place to find yourself and the scenery provided by both Devon and Cornwall is breathtaking. Quaint villages, narrow lane, little villages and a hitsory thick with pirates is enough to keep visitor entertained and enthralled.

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