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Supersize my lock!

By dudler
Pictures of canal locks have featured in my portfolio and blog over the last year...

English locks are very cottage industry, basic and archaic in the Twenty-First Century. A river cruise on the Danube in 2017 showed a more modern take on things. Several versions coming... Including (for Alan) shots of a robin feasting on fatballs in the garden. Rubbish pictures, but clearly somebody needs to tell our local birds they are supposed to feed on the ground...

Both sets of pictures seem to be suitable Silly Sunday fare.

And silly is how I've tended to feel looking at a book called Nude by Ralph Gibson. I've found, for every bright idea I've had, RG shot it first... BLOG HERE.

Tags: Robin Architecture Lock gates Landscape and travel Silly Sunday

Voters: madeinbrooklyn, mike9005, DaveRyder and 41 more

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18 Apr 2021 7:10AM
Lovely capture, John. The Rhine ones are gigantic.
mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.8k 2404 United Kingdom
18 Apr 2021 7:36AM
... is scary...
dudler Plus
17 1.6k 1841 England
18 Apr 2021 7:42AM
V2 shows a certain lack of clearance passing under a gate mechanism: they flatten all the flagstaffs and other sticky-up stuff on deck. And everyone ducked...
kaybee Plus
17 7.7k 26 Scotland
18 Apr 2021 8:13AM
Done on an industrial scale for sure - but seems strange that for all the size of these structures there is ne headroom in No2
saltireblue Plus
11 11.8k 75 Norway
18 Apr 2021 8:16AM
"Honey, I shrunk the photographer!"
jacomes Plus
6 28 38 Portugal
18 Apr 2021 9:09AM
That lock is impressive, brutalist architecture on steroids. obviously designed for barges and not fancy river cruise boats.
viscostatic 14 50 10 United Kingdom
18 Apr 2021 9:18AM
The certainly know how to build locks on the continent but I would be quite terrified in a situation as shown in V2 or V4. Since my first trip to Holland in 1967 I have always been impressed by the scale of inland waterway transport on the continent.

JuBarney Plus
9 33 5 United Kingdom
18 Apr 2021 9:58AM
A terrific canal set
Nigel_NZ 15 26 2 New Zealand
18 Apr 2021 10:03AM
Well presented John.
Informative images of water transport on a much larger scale than the old canal system of UK. But then the waterways are far larger, so all is is proportion, are there many "cargo" vessels in use? I see only the vessels for transporting camera toting touristsWink
cooky Plus
17 6 3 United Kingdom
18 Apr 2021 10:09AM
I have seen these on TV but not such close up perspective or in reality! Very impressive but also very unnerving!

The Navvies would have been a long time digging the hole out for that monstrous structure! Wink

The Robins for Alan is a brilliant touch, sure he'll love them.

Have a lovely Sunday.

18 Apr 2021 10:23AM
v.1 is my fav for this set
mistere Plus
7 6 4 England
18 Apr 2021 12:31PM
Probably easier than picking the boat up and carrying it up hill Blush
"somebody needs to tell our local birds they are supposed to feed on the ground..." The local cats would appreciate that.Smile
18 Apr 2021 5:21PM
Nice series as for the Robin all about survival these days like the rest of us...ha ha ha
davyskid 4 2 Scotland
18 Apr 2021 6:15PM
Wow superb set John. Wink
mac Plus
19 12 Scotland
18 Apr 2021 11:33PM
You are really down in the depths with these locks, king-sized ones. I wonder if our Falkirk Wheel, has a higher lift. It lifts boats 24 metres (79 feet)
dark_lord Plus
17 2.8k 768 England
20 Apr 2021 9:16PM
That's what you call a lock. To be fair our locks were the forerunners and of a size appropriate to their time but then we went full steam ahead with railwzys.
Robins go on our fat balls and seed feeder to. So too do jackdaws.

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