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Brean Down

Posted by
Doug (Burnham-on-Sea, United Kingdom) on 2 February 2012 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

A few shot's of Brean Down, just a few miles down the road from where I live. It's a rocky promontory jutting out into the sea at the river Severn estuary it rises approximately 100 metres above sea level and is around 1.5 miles long. At the end of the Down a fort exists that was completed in 1870 to protect the Bristol channel from possible invasion by French forces during the reign of Napoleon III. Although there was never a shot fired in anger the fort housed some formidable guns, although unfortunately they no longer remain. During the World War 2 it was home to troops who manned the fort to protect allied shipping coming up the channel and in case of invasion.

To the left in this shot is one of the WW2 observation posts and gun emplacements which looked out over the Burnham-on-Sea side of the Down across Bridgewater Bay and out toward the sea.

Canon EOS 500D 1/100 second F/13.0 ISO 100 18 mm


Making an effort to return to AM3 after a bit of an absence, it's really nice to see photo's from all contributors and I will try to comment when I can. If I offer criticism I do so only to help and I do not wish to cause offence. My photography tends to be from my travels, as well as my passion which is wildlife and landscape. I hope you enjoy what you see.
Thanks for your comments I'm really grateful for them and welcome constructive feedback.

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

You are so lucky to live with such history. Very cool.

2 Feb 2012 5:20am

Luke from Spokane Washington, United States

What a high place! very nice!

2 Feb 2012 5:32am

Jypyä Pop from Turku, Finland

A little lonely looking place. The views are superb.

2 Feb 2012 5:34am

Christine from Ellemford, United Kingdom

I love the sense of stillness you have captured here

2 Feb 2012 7:27am

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

Nice atmosphere here Doug

2 Feb 2012 8:24am

Shaahin Bahremand from Tehran, Iran

so beauty

2 Feb 2012 8:48am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

lovely light. Nicely diocumented

2 Feb 2012 10:38am

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

Light terrifying and magnificent coast ... Very good photography Doug! Best regards, Adela

2 Feb 2012 10:51am

Anthony Morgan Lambert from Bielefeld,old West wales boy., Germany

Bags of history and a great view,who could want more ?

2 Feb 2012 11:19am

Mhelene from Paris, France

Beautiful photo ! Wonderful color and light at the horizon !

2 Feb 2012 11:28am

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Interesting history and now a much more peaceful view! Lovely composition and superb capture of the light.

2 Feb 2012 12:18pm

Jules from Drayton, United Kingdom

beautiful light

2 Feb 2012 12:23pm

gootchai from Belgium

Le gardien ds côtes!!!! j'aime ton cadrage!

2 Feb 2012 12:28pm

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

A beautifully framed and composed shot Doug! ;-)

2 Feb 2012 12:50pm

Phil David Morris, 2012 from Saskatoon, New York, Canada

Fantastic place, I can imagine crawling the rocks if I was a kid, trying to reclaim the
fort for myself, fantastic photo, beautiful vantage point.

2 Feb 2012 1:48pm

myky from Ontario, Canada

A superb image with perfect balance...really well done. Fascinating history too!

2 Feb 2012 3:08pm

Slackwater Don from Spokane, United States

The encampment looks good against the sky. Beautiful reflections.

2 Feb 2012 4:12pm

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Some of these old OPs and pill boxes are virtually indestructible, solid concrete that nobody knows what to do with these days. Still, you create a very calm and peaceful mood in this setting.

2 Feb 2012 5:07pm

Oiva from Turku, Finland

superd view ,i like this!!Great colours,best regards oivatytto ,haleja

2 Feb 2012 5:09pm

Sien from Valkenswaard, Netherlands

Beautiful atmosphere here
Very nice landscape image, well done Doug
Love it!!

2 Feb 2012 5:37pm

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

Wow, what a wonderful place to live near! The water is just beautiful. The color and the calmness.

2 Feb 2012 5:52pm

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Grandisoe cil et iamge superbe ces tons doux et cette maison à droite superbe.
Belle soirée

2 Feb 2012 6:00pm

Olivier from Manage, Belgium

So beautiful this light!

2 Feb 2012 7:15pm

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

Nice light shinning on the water. It's glowing.

2 Feb 2012 7:58pm

Lena from San Francisco, United States

Really nice scene. great capture !

2 Feb 2012 8:15pm

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

A marvelous image.

2 Feb 2012 8:41pm

christine from oelegem, Belgium

Great picture, lovely soft colours and excellent contrast with the rocks.

2 Feb 2012 8:45pm

tataray from france, France

magnifique horizon, beau contre-jour.
Belle composition)

2 Feb 2012 8:57pm

Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

Looks a great place to go for a wander with the camera, very nice shot

2 Feb 2012 9:32pm

CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

You can imagine Dad's army sitting there, looking out, always vigilent

2 Feb 2012 9:32pm

RBL from Oxford, United States

Beautiful photo with the rigid rich colored rocks against the soft colored sky and sea.

2 Feb 2012 9:47pm

Aly from Annen, Netherlands

Hee.... lucky man
A wonderful place !
Cool view!

2 Feb 2012 9:48pm

Joyce from Montana, United States

Striking image of powerful contrasts. Very silky silvery horizon against the dark craggy hillside. Nice capture Doug.

2 Feb 2012 11:51pm

Dan from United States

Love The Shot, And History


I have something that I am going to try; it’s about a ranch where I live. You will see, and I really want your honest inputs.

Thx you’re Pal I hope.


3 Feb 2012 1:02am

@Dan: Thanks Dan. I'm looking forward to it.

Maureen from Prescott, United States

Who knew such history would lie in such a serene scene! Beautiful sky and water light

3 Feb 2012 1:35am

janina from Melbourne, Australia

I like this one, doug. Serenity, and detail in the shadow. :OD

3 Feb 2012 7:02am

Trina from Pennsylvania, United States

Nice framing and composition! Great light too!

3 Feb 2012 1:52pm

Rozie from Canada

such a peaceful looking place even if in history it was a place of defense because of violence! lovely shot!

5 Feb 2012 6:13pm

Stefanie from Paris, France

So beautiful.

5 Feb 2012 7:07pm

Hilde Morin from Portland, Oregon, United States

Very nice diagonal composition!

13 Feb 2012 4:00pm

Canon EOS 500D
1/100 second
ISO 100
18 mm