Wednesday, 14 September 2011

'Starlings Swarming over West Pier' by tommy martin

I remember West Pier in Brighton before the fire that pretty much destroyed it. I just don't have any great memories of it as it was just some place I took for granted in Brighton. Just something that was there. I wish I'd taken more time to admire it like I do now. I still think West Pier is beautiful. The remains are so fascinating.

I think this is a great picture of the pier before the fire. Gorgeous isn't it? I love the light but my favourite bit is the starlings. Watching them swarm like that is such a surreal and awesome sight. They used to continue to fly like that around the remains. I don't know if they still do. In fact one day I sat on the beach for about an hour just watching these birds. Totally spectacular.

Apologies to people who've never been to Brighton and don't know what I'm going on about. I hope you can still appreciate this lovely photo. If you ever get a chance to visit you really should.


  1. I've had some great times in Brighton, the best one being a hen weekend with my best friends when we were all 20. Long time ago now!

  2. I've seen a smaller version of the starling swarm and it is wonderful. It's a sight to behold as the sun sets ans they meet up to start roosting for the evening.

  3. Always sad when one of these Victorian Piers disappear.... l love classic seaside towns anyway. :-)


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