This is a photo I took last year in Brighton while I had time to kill in the morning before an appointment. I had a wander around the town and especially The Laines before ending up on the pier. I think it was the first time I had been on Brighton Pier when it was absolutely deserted, there wasn’t a tourist in sight. The weather was extremely calm for January and I got this photo of the deserted pier with the calm sea and the Rampion windfarm on the horizon.
This is a photo from last year from what turned out to be the last day before the country locked down under the stay at home orders for the first time during the coronavirus pandemic. I ended up in Chichester as I needed to buy a few bits from shops which aren’t in my local high street and as the weather was so nice I took my camera with me. I haven’t spent much time in Chichester for a good few years and I think it is underrated and overlooked in favour of Brighton and Portsmouth either side. I enjoyed a stroll around the city and took a few photos, this being one of the ones I liked of a Twitten.
A Twitten is a uniquely Sussex word (as I’ve mentioned in a quiz round or two) for the narrow alleys you find between walls or hedges, so this particular Twitten is an excellent example of one. Sussex has a wide variety of local vocabulary to delve into, with any luck I can dig out some photos and use them to explain what they might mean. If you want to have a browse in the meantime then visit Archive.org where they have an archived version of the “Dictionary of the Sussex Dialect” which should give you plenty to browse through.
Compared to a lot of people I know I seem to be the odd one out because I enjoy going for a drive and love going down the little countryside roads to discover new places and helpful little shortcuts. This is a photo from one of my cross country drives from Portsmouth back home, this photo was taken outside of Chichester unsurprisingly. I couldn’t help but pull over and stop to take a photo of the signpost, which I felt looked very photogenic in the evening light.
These old signposts are ubiquitous across Sussex and many other counties in the UK and are known as fingerposts due to the signs originally looking like fingers pointing in the direction of the location signed. Over the years they evolved into a simple board without a finger but with a square, triangular or other design on the end of the board. There are many regional variations in colour and design of the pole and they can add a local touch to the roads. The older Fingerposts like this one were made of cast iron and wood, but more modern versions on major roads are simply metal which I feel are a bit sterile and don’t have any local feeling to them.
Thankfully these older versions of the fingerpost are still easily found on the back roads I enjoy driving down and with any luck will be for some time to come thanks to the Department for Transport and English Heritage advocating for older posts to be maintained by the local councils. So hopefully this bit of history should continue to point people in the right direction for the foreseeable future.
This is another photo from my last time in Wales, this time it is an image I took in Snowdonia. After having spent the day in and around Caernarfon I decided to go the long way around to get back to where I was staying in Porthmadog, this involved driving along the Menai Strait to Bangor and driving down the A5 to Capel Curig before driving down to Beddgelert and then Porthmadog. This route encompasses some fantastic views of Snowdonia passing by many rivers and lakes in the valleys and some great views of the peaks.
When I turned a corner and found this view, I had to stop the car and take a photo. This is looking down the valley of the Afon Glaslyn (River Glaslyn) towards Beddgelert with Llyn Gwynant (Lake Gwynant) in the foreground with the sun setting in the distance out of frame. Mount Snowdown, Wales’ tallest mountain, on the right blocks all of the sun’s light but shafts find their way through dips on the slopes causing the shafts of light to fall into the valley. It was such a beautiful September’s evening I just had to stop and take a moment to enjoy it.
Only afterwards did I find out that this view looking towards Moel Hebog (Bare hill of the Hawk) behind Beddgelert is one of the most photographed views in all of Snowdonia  so this is hardly the most original photo. I like it just the same, because it takes me back into the evening I had driving back to Porthmadog from Caernarfon and the views I enjoyed on that drive.
This is a shot from last year of a sunset which caught my eye while I was walking along the sea front at Rustington in West Sussex. I was hoping for the birds on the beach to fly away and leave a lovely clean beach, unfortunately they didn’t so I think the beach looks a little cluttered. There are a few things I do love about this photo, like the ripple effect in the sand which mimics the sea, and the way the colours of the sky are reflected in the wet sand showing the path of the sun leading the eye through the photo.
These are a couple of photos from 2019 from a trip I took up to North Wales with my family, for which we had perfect weather for the whole week. It was an incredible week with so much September sunshine, the complete opposite to the last time I visited the area where it rained for a whole week. Going back through my photos now while we are in lockdown these photos bring back great memories, not least of when we were able to go outside!
North Wales is beautiful and has so many places to visit and I love being able to go and visit, and for my last trip to be combined with such fantastic weather gave many opportunities to get some fantastic images. I love the reflections captured in these images and the richness of the blues captured in the water.
I spent a long time trying to get these images right, the main thing I kept hoping for was for more wind to blow the flags on the towers, unfortunately it was a very calm day and so the flags just didn’t move. On the plus side, at least I managed to get a 99 from the ice cream van.
This is just a quick post, mainly testing that some changes I’ve made here all work properly, so far they seem to be working, so hopefully I can post more on here soon. Hopefully I can post more photos here with more detail in the coming weeks.