Rather unexpectedly, I found myself in Southend-On-Sea. It was something to do with a local families trip that a friend was helping to organize. Regardless, £10 and a small 90 minute coach trip for sticks of rock, arcades, a theme park and a pier? Yes please!
I find there is something incredibly calming about the sea. Well, at least a calm sea, stretching out to the horizon (or, at least in the case of Southend - nearly to the horizon). A mass of water, rippling away. Sea and sky meeting in an arched line of blue.
The pier there is a monster. Over a mile long, it has its own train going up and down it to take those sightseeing, fishing, lobster-potting or lifeboating from one end to another. In order to fundraise, there is an adopt-a-plank scheme. For a regular donation, you can have your name on a plaque on the wall, and I assume, your plank will write to you quaterly to tell you of what it's been up to. Most likely it'll be complaining about the weather, like a good British plank. I assume your informational letters will come with photos similar to that on the left, to let you know how your plank is getting on.
I did snap a few shots from my phone while going round Southend. On the pier I took a few. Once I'd got them into Google Plus' photo collection, I discovered that some deep magic on a Google server had stitched three of the photos together automatically without my intervention. It's not perfect, but I was quite impressed by the effect of the result!
|I didn't even ask for this picture, Google's Picasa Web Albums auto-magic stitch just made it appear!|
I tried to take a shot going the other way, from land out over the pier. However the M&S coffee shop window I took it out of caused a huge amount of reflection in the picture, and it looked pretty gloomy (the clouds had started to set in by that point). So in a recent effort to be more arty, I had a got at it with my graphics tablet - the end result, I think, isn't too bad.
|My bleak photo of the view back taken through the window of an M&S coffees hop didn't work out so well.|
Lucky I've been playing with a tablet, so I photo-edited it a bit to make it more cheeful.