A note to all photographers wanting to visit
The sun sets in the middle of the sky!
Being a photographer who is constantly studying my subject (the environment in this case), I have this inherent ability to notice when things are different. It will annoy me to the point of trying to figure out why.
One thing that ‘annoyed ‘me (only a little) was where the sun sets. Yes – where! The Bali sunsets in the middle of the sky and not on the horizon line.
The first night I thought I still had time to capture that perfect shot and ended up missing the sunset, instead I was greeted by fast-approaching darkness. I was so bleak but it got me thinking of why this could be. I am used to the sun setting on the horizon line, but why is it so different here? It bugged me so much, I just had to ask the locals why.
Bali is on the equator line and has no twilight. Darkness falls almost instantly after sunset.
At low latitudes, the sun sets perpendicular to the horizon, while at higher latitudes, the sun can set at a more oblique angle, allowing it to remain close to the horizon after sunset for a longer period of time.
Places on the equator experience the quickest rates of sunrise and sunset in the world. Such places also have a theoretical constant of 12 hours of day and night throughout the year.
As much as it annoyed me they were the most beautiful sunsets I have ever experienced in all of my travels to over 50 countries.
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How about having a selfie taken in one of the bright red telephone boxes that adorn the city? All whilst you pretend calling a loved one. You move the selfie stick around in an effort to get the perfect shot with Big Ben in the distance.
Once done, you pull out your notebook and tick off each of your English bucket list attractions.
Granted, London is an absolute gem of a city with an abundance of iconic landmarks and activities on offer. Yet, it merely scratches the surface of what England is all about.
For such a small country, you would be surprised at how many other spectacular places you can visit.
It is filled to the brim with historical sites, dramatic landscapes, and quaint towns.
Discover Earth’s most ancient past by exploring the dramatic Jurassic Coast. This 154km coastline stretches from, Exmouth in East, Devon to Studland Bay in Dorset.
It is this part of Southern England that attracts millions of visitors each year. And rightfully so.
Not only is it England’s first, UNESCO world heritage site, but also offers insight into Earth’s geological history. Its rocks, cliffs, and fossils tell a detailed story from 185 million years ago. A time when humans didn’t exist.
There is an abundance of fascinating landscapes to take in.
Captivating arches and pinnacles protruding into the sea can be found along this stretch of coast. Each of them is carved out by the forces of nature. Eroding over time.
What’s more, this landscape has evolved dramatically over three occasions. Firstly, it was a desert during the Triassic period. Secondly, geological evidence suggests that it was part of a tropical sea during the Jurassic period. And thirdly, during the Cretaceous period, it was once covered by swamps. Fascinating right?
It is the perfect place to visit in just about any season. More so, it is a nature lovers’ paradise.
There are 100s of km worth of scenic walking trails waiting for you to explore it.
When you are finished, head to one of the village’s many cafes. While you are there, try out the traditional Dorset Ice cream unique to the area.
The visitor center is also worth a visit. It offers all kinds of information about the coastline. Specifically, check out the megalosaurus dinosaur footprint that is on display at the Visitor Centre. This 147 million-year-old meat-eating dinosaur was found near Swanage.
If you were to ask a local where the best spot along the coast is, almost always they will tell you it is, Durdle Door. It’s a favorite in Dorset. “Visit Britain” even rated it as one of the top 10 natural wonders in the UK.
This world-famous rock arch is a geological masterpiece. It was formed 10 000 years ago by constant erosion and resembles the shape of a door.
Interestingly, these millions of years ago it laid down horizontally on the seabed. The movement of the earth’s crust has pushed it into its near vertical position, today majestically standing in the sea. Its constant erosion is attributed to its prettiness and uniqueness.
It separates the two shingle beaches of Durdle Door and the Man O’war beach.
These beaches can be reached by a short walk down a steep cliff that can be accessed just in front of the Durdle Door Holiday Park.
If you would like a more scenic walk start at Lulworth Cove and follow the aquamarine coastline. It is best to do it at low tide so you can appreciate the breathtaking vertical drops of the undulating cliffs.
Keep your eyes peeled for The Cow and the Bull. These semi-submerged rocks along the coast show the line of the reef that was once there.
Similarly, Lulworth Cove has been formed 10 000 years ago. This pretty horseshoe-shaped cove with a white pebble beach is extremely important for its geology.
Low tide reveals wonderful rock pools teeming with sea creatures.
The smooth pebbles on the beach were once part of larger pieces of rock that have fallen from the cliff and become eroded and worn down by the sea. There are 5 different rock types but most of the pebbles are grey limestones and flint or white chalk. The best rock strata in Europe can be found here.