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Focus   7 comments

In my local park the ducks are alway’s bullied out of getting bread by the seagulls. It’s different inland at Bodiam Castle, here the ducks are the alpha bird and dozens of them gather around visitors with bread to throw at them. Just look at how intense that stare is.

These ducks were sat on a raised area, so the moat between the bank and the wall cannot be seen. These ducks weren’t interested in being fed. I suspect they had been gorging all morning as the weather was good and there were plenty of visitors.

Here’s a thing I read about ducks, and I’ve never been able to look at one since without noticing. Ducks wear dog masks. If that doesn’t make sense, this graphic explains it perfectly…

Posted March 31, 2012 by Kieron Pelling in Other, Photography

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Bodiam Castle   6 comments

Bodiam Castle, built in 1395 is another reminder that the landscape in East Sussex used to be much different. It was built to protect from French raids up the River Rother, when the river was navigable up to that point. It is a lovely ruin and has been photographed beautifully by many people, as a Google image search reveals.I didn’t want to take a generic photography of the castle, so I’m pleased that the Google search, at least on search page 1, doesn’t have a similar photograph! Do they work as a composition though? Your opinions would be welcome!


Longshore Drift   4 comments

In a recent post of mine I provided a link that explained the action of longshore drift. Although it’s not something most people notice or care about, it has profoundly changed the coastline in Sussex and the economic prospects of Hastings and the surrounding area.

There are three large stone castles along the coast here, Pevensey Castle near Eastbourne, Hastings Castle and Camber Castle. All three were built to protect landing areas and ports. Hastings and Rye in particular were key trade and military ports between 1066 and 1300 due to their proximity to France. Both towns would have been rich and of high status. What would they be like now if their harbours hadn’t silted up?

All though the great storms that occured in the 12th century contibuted greatly to their demise, the slow and steady work of longshore drift sealed their fate.

Look at those castles now on Google Maps, particularly Pevensey and Camber, and you can how far they are from the sea.

These photos show how the sea acts upon the shingle. Splash, drag and push is all it does, and through such work changes the fortunes of communities.

The Castle from Hastings Station   1 comment

In my last post I said that the castle is one of the key visual features of the town. Visitors travelling by train are greeted with this scene as they exit the station. It almost sums up Hastings in one view with the fishing boat, the castle and a mix of modern and old buildings. I have omitted the ugly 70’s office block (which is where I work) that is just to the right of this view!

Two views of Hastings   3 comments

This is a view of the West Hill, Hastings. The prominence on the left is called ‘Ladies Parlour’ a flatish piece of ground that sits on top of sandstone cliffs that drop away to the sea. This ground was possibly part of the original Norman castle that was built as a motte and bailey in 1066 then rebuilt in stone in 1070. It is now separated from the castle by a ditch, which was apparently dug during the castle redevelopment in 1220. Since then the castle has been burnt by the French and bombed by the Germans. We have punished those crimes by charging their descendents (who visit the town in droves) exorbitant fees to visit the castle.

This picture has been taken from Ladies Parlour looking towards Hastings ‘new’ town and Beachy Head. The new town is actually the site of the former harbour, now long silted up. The castle is best pictured from the town, however this view does show what a commanding¬† postition it had. It remains one of the key visual features of the town.


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