A New Location

The recent quiet spell on the blog is partly the result of the dreadful weather, but also because we’ve been moving office at work to a more central location. I’ll still get up to Falmer on occasion, but I’ve been scouting new surroundings in a much more urban setting (a main road). There are green spaces, and being me I’ll make the most of them. Some better weather would certainly help, though the light drizzle today wasn’t enough to keep me from exploring.

And there are some interesting spots, including a ‘secret’ garden behind one of the main university buildings. It’s ‘secret’ in that it’s away from the main thoroughfares, at the rear of the buildings, so nobody goes there; but it has several sculptures including this tired easy chair made of stone.

Stone Chair in the Cockcroft secret garden, University of Brighton

Stone Chair in the Cockcroft secret garden, University of Brighton

There are insect boxes scattered around as well, so a focus on ecology is strong.

Insect house in Cockcroft garden

Insect house in Cockcroft garden

And squirrels… plenty of squirrels 🙂

Squirrel running

Squirrel running

Squirrel posing

Squirrel posing

Squirrel hiding

Squirrel hiding

I’ll miss being on the edge of the Downs, but I’m sure I’ll find plenty to keep me focused.

More soon…

Camera note: all photos taken with the Canon 7D Mark II. Squirrels with the EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens; sculptures with the EF 24-105 F4L IS USM lens.

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4 Comments

  1. Darko September 17, 2015 at 3:56 am #

    A change is good, especially if there is a new area to discover – if not, well, just do your best and find a way to Downs 😀
    Be careful with that chair, squirrels may be drinking from there 😛

    • Words September 17, 2015 at 10:17 pm #

      Darko, I’m sure I’ll find a new routine and no bad thing to have to work a bit harder to find new subjects. I’ll stay positive!

  2. Adele September 17, 2015 at 4:50 pm #

    That chair looks like a summer-only usage!

    I saw a squirrel in the RCJ’s carpark in the Strand last week. It’s amazing how they can live even in the greyest cities (although of course Brighton is much more treed than London).

    • Words September 17, 2015 at 10:21 pm #

      Adele, the chair had been emptied once already that day. I like the quirkiness of it. Regent’s Park was always great for squirrels, and I still think of them as London dwellers (they are so bold in cities), but we do have some trees here (elms, in particular of course).