Monday, 27 January 2014

Cone & Mermaid, Ripples of Geology and Beyond the Fence

"Cone & Mermaid" :- It's nice to be able to see things that others miss. To be able to look at the world in a slightly different way to many others. Some don't see it at all as they go about their daily drudgery with their eyes apparently closed to their surroundings. Due to technology many people aren't even looking up or where they are going as their gaze stares deep into smart phones, sat navs and various other gadgets that seem to be attempting to shorten their lives. I count myself as being fortunate in that I appear to be more visually aware than most (but I hasten to add not all) and see things that others miss and notice light, shade , reflections, shapes, perspective, composition and beauty in most things that I gaze upon. How long that will last for I don't know as my eyesight was perfect three years ago but now it seems to be on its way out as it has been gradually getting worse (my glasses are permanently on now). Anyway, I digress (again). This is a shot taken within Brighton Marina looking from the upper level of the shops on Palm Drive towards Mermaid Walk and the outer harbour. The large glass panels on either side belong to a couple of restaurants.



"Ripples of Geology" :- Wind and water shape this planet of ours. Sometimes they shape and influence each other which then hits us with such force that areas of land and sea can be changed overnight. Sometimes the changes are made over centuries and they are so slow that none of us realise they are even occurring or being made. There are tell tale signs on the south coast of England that let you know immediately that we used to stretch out further south than we do now. From Black Rock on the eastern edge of Brighton rock and chalk beds thunder off towards the east and they don't stop as they pass through Ovingdean, Rottingdean, Saltdean, Telscombe, Peacehaven until they get to the river mouth at Newhaven. The rutted and weathered chalk bed in this image was shot on the beach at Telscombe. It once formed the base of a huge cliff that slowly eroded over more time than we can get our heads around. The constant flow of seawater has etched its movements into what's left of the chalk and polished it at the same time. There's some serious history going on here.



"Beyond the Fence" :- Here's a view from the Falmer Road (just above Woodingdean) looking West across the rolling fields and farmland towards the city of Brighton, England. The buildings nestled in the valley nearest to us is an area known as Bevendean. You can also (when viewed big) make out the curved hillside road of Roundhill Crescent. Beyond that the South Downs take over and in the far distance to the left you can even (just about) see Shoreham Power Stations one remaining chimney and town of Worthing jutting out along the coastline.



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