Hastings Pier

Having more time to myself means that I have more time to explore different areas of photography. Yesterday I was over in Hastings and spent a short time on Hastings Pier. The pier itself is unusual in that it is essentially a blank canvas, a community space quite unlike the traditional seaside pier. It’s new and was the winner of the 2017 RIBA Sterling Prize as the best new UK building. Interesting as the design is, the pier is not proving commercially successful. Whether the minimalist approach to shared space will survive is very uncertain. The possibility is that a buyer (if one can be found) will significantly change the nature and purpose of the pier (i.e. turn it into a traditional penny arcade style of pier).

Hastings pier

The main structure on the central area of the pier

Hastings pier

Beach-hut style small workshops

Hastings pier

Hastings Pier

Hastings pier

The main structures are all very minimalist pale wood

Hastings pier

Hastings Pier view to the sea

Hastings pier

The nearest I’ll get to a selfie. The old town is reflected in the glass of the restaurant area at the shore-end.

Camera note: all photos taken with the Canon 1DX Mark II and EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM and EF 50mm f/1.2L USM lenses.

Cygnets at Woods Mill

I spent part of the day over at Woods Mill, the Sussex Wildlife Trust centre. They currently have some nesting kestrels but the stars of this visit were the young cygnets.

Swan and cygnets

Swan and cygnets

cygnets

On the nest, taken from a safe distance

Swan and cygnets

Swan and cygnets

cygnet

Cygnet

There was also a family of little grebes. The light made photographing them all but impossible, but I did get a couple of nice shots.

Little Grebe

Little Grebe

Little Grebe and chicks

Little Grebe and chicks at Woods Mill, Sussex

I also saw a red kite (plus one on my way there). It seems they may have finally made it to Sussex. I’ll be keeping an eye out for them. That’s three or four sightings this year.

Red kite

Red Kite at Woods Mill. Next time I’ll try to photograph one coming towards me!

Camera note: all photos taken with the Canon 1DX Mark II and EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens.

Garden Fox Cub

A couple of the fox cubs are becoming more confident… so long as I keep fairly still and don’t approach them. This little cub came out in the later part of the day on Sunday and was more interested in exploring than in me. That’s perfect for getting more natural images. This is a small selection.

Fox cub having a shake

fox cub

Fox cub investigating

fox cub

Fox cub on the look out

fox cub

Fox cub resting

fox cub

Fox cub emerging from the undergrowth

fox cub

Fox cub standing very still

fox cub

Fox cub catching the last of the sun

Camera note: all photos taken with the Canon 1DX Mark II and EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens.