Thursday, 19 November 2015

Dark Prom, Sunlit Esplanade and Above & Beyond

Dark Prom :- It looks a lot later than it actually was. Due to the time of year it was only around 5:30 pm. The seafront extablishments were closing up for the night, shutters were down and people were heading back home. The seafront is quite an eerie place after dark. It's not well lit on the lower levels so you often find yourself in black pools where the light hasn't reached you. It's full of nooks and crannies, darkened corners and dancing shadows. After dark thoughts of Graham Greene's "Brighton Rock" start to jump around in your head as you half expect 'Pinkie' to step out of the shadows and into the light.

Sunlit Esplanade :- The front to myself. As the sun slowly dipped its toes into the sea and edged itself in the shadows grew longer and the temperature got colder. Winter of Brighton's seafront is always a special time for the locals and Brightonians. It's when we get the place back to ourselves and things quiet down. As you can see from this image there's not a single dog walker, roller skater, beach comber, jogger or holiday maker in sight. Quiet, relaxing, calming and ours for the taking. To the right of the image you can see the stunning and beautiful Bandstand (known as "The Bird Cage") that was designed by Brighton Borough Surveyor Philip C Lockwood in 1883 and manufactured and constructed in 1884 by Walter Macfarlane & Co. It's considered to be one of the finest examples of a Victorian bandstand still surviving in England today.

Above & Beyond :- Very little going on in this image...or at least that how it appears at first. A worn path winds its way through the long, wild grass of Beacon Hill Nature Reserve. Signs up on the hill ask those walking in the area to stick to the paths so as not to disturb the skylarks that nest on the ground. As I walked further south the sea rose up into view. From up here you have a great view which commands the English Channel as it spreads out before you. The location explains why the area is known as "Beacon Hill" because in 1588 a beacon was lit high up on the brow of the hill that gave news of the approaching Spanish Armada attack on Elizabethan England. To the left of the image you can see a slight mound or bump. As you get nearer the size of it becomes quite apparent. It's not a natural lump at all but a Bronze Age Tumuli or Long barrow (burial mound).

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