Whitlingham Broad

A spontaneous visit to Whitlingham Broad, Trowse, Norfolk brought some very lucky surprises. Here is a selection of the great vistas and follies I was able to capture.

 A mostly frozen Whitlingham Broad under a bright sky.

A mostly frozen Whitlingham Broad under a bright sky.

 What I found to be an overly orange day for a February in the middle of an incredibly cold period.

What I found to be an overly orange day for a February in the middle of an incredibly cold period.

 The frozen broad had frozen over with air bubbles underneath, presumably a flash freeze. This created a some intriguing patterns in the ice.

The frozen broad had frozen over with air bubbles underneath, presumably a flash freeze. This created a some intriguing patterns in the ice.

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 A log thrown onto the surface, slightly melting the surface. Also noticed some twigs frozen into the ice!

A log thrown onto the surface, slightly melting the surface. Also noticed some twigs frozen into the ice!

 The Eagle's Nest

The Eagle's Nest

A building I knew existed however, stunned me a little on first sight. The Whitlingham Broad Outdoor Education Centre, providing many youth groups with a base for water activities on the broad. A striking sight from all angles, reflecting the nurturing and growth made by groups that use the centre. Reminiscent of a bird of prey protecting its young.

 Structure used in such an artistic way to create something zoomorphic stood out to me. Quite a few minutes were taken to appreciate this building.

Structure used in such an artistic way to create something zoomorphic stood out to me. Quite a few minutes were taken to appreciate this building.

The textures used create a complete contrast to both what the building is impersonating and in the structures of the building. The grit and rust of the huts in comparison to the white stretched roof material.

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The struts and supports of the cover have been placed to resemble the talon's of the bird. Placed evenly around its young yet, seemingly not providing much support to the main structure.

From the rear the building seems like a crustacean, relating to it's watery surroundings in the broad and also the River Yare behind.

 Whitlingham Little Broad sits next to its big sibling.

Whitlingham Little Broad sits next to its big sibling.

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From the front angle the sheltered area mimics both a bird, turtle and to some a flying squirrel, all having great connotations for what the centre will help the young people learn and achieve. 

The broad and the centre are truly a brilliant idea that has a great community behind it, being used by many groups alongside being a quick escape from the bustling city.