Category Archives: Landscape

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.

Reds…

Ok, it’s a long while since I’ve simply themed a page like this, but everything here is red… (even when they don’t look like they are).

The first is a red-eared terrapin. They are feral (discarded domestic animals). The terrapins have survived for a number of years in Falmer Pond as – essentially – they are at the top of the local food chain with no natural predators. There are several, and this one is close to the size of a dinner plate. It’s unlikely that they’ll be able to breed in our climate as the eggs are laid on the ground and need a consistent temperature above 25C for a couple of months.

red-eared terrapin

Red-eared Terrapin basking at Falmer Pond, East Sussex

The next little sequence is another non-native species, but rather less damaging to local wildlife. This one was sharing calls with a mate (who was out of sight). It’s a red-legged partridge.

red-legged partridge

Red-legged partridge crossing the road at at Falmer Village, East Sussex

red-legged partridge

Red-legged partridge basking in the sun

red-legged partridge

Red-legged partridge in the shade of the trees

This one is easy… red sky!

sunset

Sunset over Woodingdean

Lastly, the inevitable red fox (to give its proper name). It’s a short sequence of Pretty sharing a markie biscuit with one of the cubs.

vixen and fox cub

Pretty sharing with a cub

vixen and fox cub

Fox cub begging

vixen and fox cub

Whoops.. they’ve dropped it

Camera note: all daytime photos taken with the Canon 1DX Mark II and EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens. The EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM was used for the foxes.

Falmer Pond and a Blue Moon

That’s bit of a grand title, for what is simply my post this year about Falmer Pond. I was up there briefly this morning (early light, dull with a hint of rain) and then again at lunchtime when a little bit of sunshine appeared.

Although nothing especially unusual happens there, I like the peace and quiet and that occasionally there are one or two more interesting birds. Today was good day: a cormorant and a heron.

heron in tree

The heron was perched on the willow sited on the island in the centre of the pond.

Heron in flight

Heron in flight

Cormorant swimming

Cormorant swimming on Falmer Pond, East Sussex

Cormorant hanging itself out to dry

Cormorant hanging itself out to dry

And to mark the occasion, it’s what’s known as a blue moon today (the second full moon in the same calendar month). It’s also a super moon (at the closest point in its orbit). To be honest, it looks just like does every other time of the year, but I took a photo anyway.

Super Blue Moon

Super Blue Moon

Camera note: all photos taken with the Canon 7D Mark II and EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens.