Wednesday, 13 April 2011

Paranoid Landscapes

I recently fished out some old photo's of a family visit to Orford Ness a few years back. This demilitarized zone, now owned and operated by the National Trust is a little bit of 'otherness' off the Suffolk Coast.
Now predominantly a nature reserve, it is home to a host of rare animals, birds and vegetable matter, but it was it's previous military background and usage that drew me to it. The beach reminded me of the one in the BBC adaption of the M.R. James story 'Whistle and I'll Come To You My Lad' being largely shingle and pebble, and very remote and windblown. In the distance was the superbly names 'Cobra Mist' array, a series of interconnected ariel's now used by the BBC World Service to transmit their wonderful shows around the globe.
Danger, Danger, High Voltage!

Through A Glass Darkly

Remains of Bouncing Bomb Testing Shed

Ahem, No Photography!

Cap Badge

Ordnance Warnings Near Light House

Nuclear Test Facility

Instrument Room

Shattered Bomb Nose Cone

Exploded Ordnance
Cobra Mist Array
Decommissioned WE177 Nuclear Warhead - As Carried in V-Bombers of the Day

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