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Good afternoon everyone, I do hope your day is going well even with the miserable weather that we have outside.
This is a revisit to the folder where the images from Paddy's Hole are kept. There is just so much to see and shoot, I have probably said that before, but I find it such an interesting place.
I spotted this beautifully shiny padlock connected to an extremely rusty chain and began to wonder what exactly it was meant to be protecting. The chain is wrapped around the seat of the boat and then goes up to the rowlock, that's it. Now either someone is worried that their seat will be stolen or the rowlock, I have no idea, but both appear to be firmly connected to the boat and if you did bother to unscrew them you could just unwrap the chain from round them.
The rope is also connected to the rowlock and then the chain, so maybe the rope is to secure the chain, or could it be that the rope has been chained up also to prevent it from being removed. A true state of weird affairs.
I will hasten to add that nothing is actually locking the boat to anything, it is merely moored in the normal manner with a piece of rope, so if you untied and took the boat, the chain, padlock, rowlock and rope will all come with it.
I suppose it saves the owner trying to find a key to fit the padlock, although I would have to ask, why fit the padlock in the first place?
This one may keep me up for a few nights, supplies need to be checked. Tea, check. That'll do, all set.

I hope you like it. Thanks for looking and for any comments.

Camera:Nikon D700 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:105.0 mm f/2.8
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:8 Jul 2012 - 1:16 PM
Focal Length:105mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/2.9
Shutter Speed:0.00sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:No Flash
White Balance:As Shot
Title:Keeping it Safe
Username:Hop-A-Long Hop-A-Long
Uploaded:16 Oct 2012 - 2:27 PM
Tags:Boat, Chain, General, Padlock, Rope, Rust, Sea, Water
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Some nice rust colours in there, and I do like the old and new. well spotted and captured.


mrswoolybill Critique Team 9830 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1316 Constructive Critique Points
16 Oct 2012 - 2:57 PM

I suspect that the padlock is simply replacing a damaged link in the chain?
As you say, remarkably shiny. Which does allow scope for some interesting reflections.


Love the title.... and your explanation. Smile

mikbee  8 Scotland8 Constructive Critique Points
16 Oct 2012 - 3:18 PM

Yes Andy,I have seen a few padlocks,chains and ropes too,
which do sod all as well !!
Always make a good pic' though.
Good one here.

Hermanus  3 South Africa
16 Oct 2012 - 3:18 PM

interesting combination and contrast in this photo ! Well seen and your narrative helps to enjoy the image Smile


No doubt about this one at all, Andy: it was waiting for you to come along, take a photograph, post it here alongside your customary thorough and entertaining description and wait for mikbee to drop in and find it Smile
Excellent tones here for those who take the time to observe: autumnal, I reckon. And pleasing dof too.


:GrinDGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin. Interesting thoughts, Andy, and an image full of interesting colours and textures. Carol


A great variety of colours, detail and texture in this fine composition.



An opportunity which you have ceased upon Andy, and in turn you have captured something which I would have simply walked by.

Regards Nathan


Obviously you were not fooled as some may have been! The lock will fool some and that in itself is added securityWink good shot and great find which Mikbee will appreciate mostSmile

1881  3 India
16 Oct 2012 - 7:58 PM

LOVELY tittle and a lovely photo.

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Good blend of old and new here.

Best Matt


A great contrast between the pristine shiny metal padlock and the rusty old chain

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