Friday, 1 May 2009

Shadows on Devil's Dyke, Brighton

This photo was taken near Devil's Dyke, just outside Brighton. It's an amazing area with fantastic views across the South Downs. Devil's Dyke itself is a V-shaped valley formed by river erosion after the Ice Age melt down.

Wiki explains one of the reasons it might have been called 'Devil's Dyke':

Local folklore explains the valley as the work of the devil. The legend holds that the devil was digging a trench to allow the sea to flood the many churches in the Weald of Sussex. The digging disturbed an old woman who lit a candle, causing a rooster to crow, making the devil believe the morning was fast approaching. The devil then fled, leaving his trench uncompleted.

Here's Georgie, our Golden Retriever, enjoying the incredible space on Devil's Dyke.

The top photo is part of the Shadows Theme Day. Click here to view thumbnails for all participants


  1. Those trees look as though they get blasted by strong winds fairly often, Hillary. I love the length of the shadows. I also like the rollingness of the hills around you. Your dogs must adore living there.

  2. Hi Julie,thanks for your great comments. The winds can be very strong round there and they come straight off the English Channel blasting the trees! Luckily this was quite a gentle day.

  3. Marvellous shots and shadows. I so well remember Devil's Dyke. Often used to walk there. Your dogs are just gorgeous.

  4. What an intriguing legend. I love stories like that.
    That picture of Georgie shows pure joy, doesn't it? I mean, look at those ears fly!

  5. Always wandered about the name. I know it's shadows theme but who could resist the second image and your dog bounded towards the camera. Priceless.

  6. Thanks all for your comments. Yes, I love that photo of Georgie - pure unbridled joy :)

  7. Two shadow-tastic (is that a word?!) photos :)


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