Friday, 27 November 2015

Path to Rottingdean, Disabled & Pushchair and True Nature's Child

Path to Rottingdean :- I don't need to describe what the image is of as the title says it all really. To the left of the shot you can see the village of Rottingdean which sits on the south coast of England just a few miles to the East of the City of Brighton. The village slowly evolved over centuries (it's ancient and is listed in the Domesday Book of 1086) and sits in a valley that leads to a natural dip in the chalk cliff face. The grass and path that I was on is the top of the cliffs that thunder off West towards Brighton for three or four miles. The view is wonderful from up here and it's a very pleasant walk when the sun is shining but I have (many times) walked over the top when it's dark, windy and raining and you really don't want to be doing that! The large blue stretch of water is the English Channel which can be very blue and clam on some days and grey/ black and violent on others.

Disabled & Pushchair :- Would you walk down here? Ok, so it is a shot after dark which makes it look more foreboding and creepier than normal but to be honest i've walked through here during daylight hours and it's not much better. I can clearly remember wlaking through here with my parents when I was a child and it looked much better than it does now. The most shocking thing is that this is the disabled and pushchair entrance to one of Brighton's big attractions. Brighton Aquarium was the idea of of Eugenius Birch who was the famous pier engineer and designer of Brighton's (now derelict) West Pier. It was completed in 1872 and cost a colossal £130,000. For many years it functioned as the Brighton Aquarium which incorporated the famous Dolphinarium. It's now known as Brighton's "Sea Life Centre" and is the world's oldest operating aquarium. For those that can ably walk there's a grand wide staircase that drops down to the lower levelled entrance. For those that can't they have to be wheeled across a busy road, then be taken along the promendae a minute or so before bieng wheeled down a long ramp, wheeeled back along the lower promenade a minute or so and then, finally, taken down this awful looking tunnel which will lead them out to the lower levelled entrance at the bottom of the grand wide staircase that I mentioned earlier. What a palava!

True Nature's Child :- It's not often that you catch a sunset and storm together but whenever you do they create some staggeringly great moments. It had been spitting with rain for ages. It was that annoying rain that you get that makes you think it's not too bad so you carry on without realising just how wet you are actually getting. I squelched around on the beach and kicked a few pebbles about trying to be creative and arty but it just wasn't happening for me. The rain was chucking it down out on the horizon and the downpour looked like it was heading this way. Suddenly a gap in the dark clouds opened up and the sunlight poured out at a blinding rate, bouncing off the water, exposed sand and rocks. I shot out over the slippery surface as gracefully as I could and set up as quickly as was humanly possible to get it all before it vanished.

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