Beechy Head by helenhall

Beechy Head

It is a place which summoned some complex emotions quite apart from being the most extraordinary coastal limestone cliffs set in peaceful Sussex countryside.

A place heaving with tourists a large number of whom are korean, chinese or japanese - all on account of one video made by Korean Pop star Jay Chou.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=18&v=RcdscWaat_w

And on this day, where one young lady, stands at the very edge of the precipice, dancing whilst her friend records a video - then takes a series of selfies whilst edging closer and closer, as my own stomach turns over in fear for what might happen.

A place where chaplains constantly parade up and down the slopes of the head, alert to any hint that someone might choose that moment, as many have done over centuries, to walk off the edge in response to the darkness inside them.

A place which was the last sight of home land for so many from the Royal Air Force Bomber Command as they left to fight for freedom in world war 2.

And for my own family, on this day, a place where disability, weaknesses, compassion, inventiveness, humour and kindness all came to the fore - on that cliff top at Beachy Head on a sunny Sunday September morning.

Such is the fragility of life and fortunes.

ps I do wish I could straighten that horizon a tad.
Great perspective and story.
September 17th, 2019  
Love it!!
September 17th, 2019  
Great picture but a little too near the edge for me!
September 17th, 2019  
Tremendous view and I very much like your commentary
September 18th, 2019  
Super POV
September 18th, 2019  
What an amazing capture of these beautiful cliffs. A wonderful narrative too.
September 18th, 2019  
wow, quite the story. Thanks for sharing.
Beautiful image.
September 18th, 2019  
Amazing place- I would love to see that but I'd never get that close to the edge- too many butterflies! I hope there are more positive memories here for you than negative. Beautiful shot.
September 18th, 2019  
i love the scale and colours
September 19th, 2019  
Great composition and capture. Fav!! 😀
September 19th, 2019  
Great composition and colours.
September 20th, 2019  
Fabulous shot Helen and great narrative . It could be a short story. Always so moving. P.s. I don’t mind that tiny slant in the horizon
September 20th, 2019  
I was so impressed with your composition Helen that I failed to notice the slant horizon! I would want to straighten it too but it hasn't spoiled the shot for me.
September 20th, 2019  
@olivetreeann I know exactly which kind of butterflies you are talking about here and it is not the pretty ones. Actually, you don't need to go really close to the edge to get a fabulous view, but watching others too close to the edge is rather unnerving.
September 20th, 2019  
@caterina thank you so much - :)
September 20th, 2019  
September 24th, 2019  
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