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Friday the 13th

 

NO, this is NOT a guillotine for boats.  It's the Prince Bernhard Locks.

Besides allowing passage to 70 million tons of freight and 38K boats per year,

it helps regulate a differential of 37 feet between the Waal and Rhine rivers,

so that the Netherlands doesn't go below sea level...ever again.

Tiel, Netherlands.



Friday the 13th

 

NO, this is NOT a guillotine for boats.  It's the Prince Bernhard Locks.

Besides allowing passage to 70 million tons of freight and 38K boats per year,

it helps regulate a differential of 37 feet between the Waal and Rhine rivers,

so that the Netherlands doesn't go below sea level...ever again.

Tiel, Netherlands.



comments (48)

Really like all of the lines in this capture. But it does look like a guillotine!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Robin. I see a guillotine everytime I look at it. smile
  • Margaret
  • United States
  • 13 Apr 2012, 02:39
... where in the world were you standing while taking this photo... the left arm hanging on to the railing and your pinky toe precariously balancing on the edge as the rest of you dangled over the water?! ha ha. Please tell me you were on a boat! smile
Ginnie Hart: HA! Actually, Margaret, the walkway you see on the left angled off a bit to the right and allowed this view. You'd never have public access to such a place in America without guardrails. But this is Europe! smile
That's quite the POV Ginnie. You survived?
Ginnie Hart: Yhanks, Jacquelyn, and YES! smile It was a most fascinating place, for sure.
That's funny - before I read your text my first thought was of a guillotine! smile It does make for a pretty cool picture!
Ginnie Hart: So we're on the same page, Elizabeth. This is a structure you just stare at!
No Boat Friday is ok Ginnie since you have such a fantastic shot of the lock... but it does look like a guillotine for boats lol....petersmile
Ginnie Hart: There is a boat inside, Peter, but not yet for your viewing pleasure. smile Thanks.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 13 Apr 2012, 06:33
I'm glad you said it isn't a device for chopping boats in half Ginnie!
Ginnie Hart: I figured you'd want to know, Chris. grin
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 13 Apr 2012, 06:52
We passed by these locks so many time. Finally we made sure we found the place to stop and take pictures.
Very impressive, loved that we actually saw this lock going down.
Your POV indeed looks that you float in the air somewhere...
Fabulous processing here, great colours, love the mood
Ginnie Hart: It's almost like a wonder of the world for me, MLMA. It's not something we see in America every day, that's for sure!!! And to think this is only 20 miles away from us! Bedankt.
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 13 Apr 2012, 06:55
Thank you for explaining, Ginnie - I might have got it wrong! Impressive picture, too
Ginnie Hart: Gotta make sure we all know what we're looking at, Lisl, lest we get confused. smile Thanks.
interesing proposal, i like this linearity and texture, nice work for me
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Fabrizio. Grazie.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 13 Apr 2012, 07:19
Oh, very impressive and very useful locks named after Prince Bernhard -I liked reading your introducing words!
Ginnie Hart: Don't you just love these treasures from Holland, Philine!!! smile Bedankt.
  • Elaine-
  • Canada
  • 13 Apr 2012, 07:46
nice, we used to have locks in my home town, they didn't work THAT well lol... great shot tho... and NO my husband isn't always sleeping, i just always take pictures of him when he's sleeping and doesn't argue with me lol
Ginnie Hart: Locks in your home town! It's not something I've been used to in my life, Elaine, so to see something like this puts me in awe! And yes, I know your husband doesn't sleep all the time. HA!
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 13 Apr 2012, 08:16
Great photo 70 million tons thats a lot
Ginnie Hart: A lot of tonage under the bridge, so to speak, Vintage. smile Thanks.
I like this great angle Ginnie. Like Elizabeth, I think a guillotine face this huge lock
Ginnie Hart: Merci, dear Marie. It's hard to NOT think of a guillotine every time I look at this. smile
A guillotine for sea monsters invaders Ginnie.
Great POV here!
Ginnie Hart: That'll work, Richard. smile Merci.
  • Marcie
  • United States
  • 13 Apr 2012, 09:23
It - somehow - reminds me of a guillotine. What a fascinating structure!
Ginnie Hart: I see a guillotine every time I look at it, Marcie. Weird, I know. smile Thanks.
I like this Ginnie - imposing to say the least & you'd certainly think twice about sailing a ship through this!
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Fred. I wonder how many other people (the boat people, I mean) also see a guillotine??? smile Thanks.
  • Khalil
  • Germany
  • 13 Apr 2012, 09:54
Très b elle composition et excellent rendu. Merci pour le partage.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Khalil. Merci.
I went on a tour of locks in Kingston, Ontario. Very ingenious and interesting.
Ginnie Hart: I could stand and watch them for hours, Mary. So much to see. Thanks.
  • John Prior
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 13 Apr 2012, 10:07
Rather impressive, I bet that gate weighs a lot smile
Ginnie Hart: I know, John. I'd hate to have it fall on top of me...or my boat!
  • Pedroeric
  • United Kingdom
  • 13 Apr 2012, 10:17
Some structure Ginne you had a sense of adventure to capture this on well done I would have been right behind you.
Ginnie Hart: I love stuff like this, Peter...to see how things work. smile Thanks.
We don't want the Netherlands to sinkgrin
Ginnie Hart: LOL. That's for sure, Bill. grin
SO these gates have a very important role to play. This indeed looks like a guillotine
Ginnie Hart: VERY important, Navin, in more ways than one. smile Thanks.
Ha ha... It does look like a giant guillotine for Goliath.
Is that how David chopped off his head? Ah...
Ginnie Hart: HAHA! Good one, LC. grin
Looks like a guillotine for boats!
Ginnie Hart: That's what I thought, Tom!
That looks a fine construction Ginnie, 37 feet is a big difference in levels, have you seen it working. I note, although you have adopted Holland you still use proper measurements ie.tons, feet etc., good girl.
Ginnie Hart: Yes, Brian, we did see it working. It takes about 20 minutes to get a boat through, which says a lot about the level differential. And yes, I still use my "proper measurements." HA!
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 13 Apr 2012, 13:18
Very impressive, Ginnie. The only trouble with these is that they limit the height of the boat (but then so do bridges over the river, of course).
Ginnie Hart: It would have to be a very tall ship, Alan, to not make this passage. The boat we saw was dwarfed by the entire thing! But then, what do I know! Thanks.
great shot
amazing engineering.
Ginnie Hart: It's one of those things I can hang around for hours, Rob! Thanks.
  • Antoine
  • France
  • 13 Apr 2012, 15:31
Great shot with an excellent framing. Very good work Ginnie. Have a lovely day. Amicably Antoine.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Antoine. Merci.
je pensais aussi à la même chose "la guillotine" où on y tranche les bateaux!!!!
Ginnie Hart: Don't you love what we see in an image! Merci.
Ha ha ha it does look very much so Ginnie. Great structure.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Chad. We're on the same page. smile
  • rian
  • United States
  • 13 Apr 2012, 19:43
well, now that you mentioned 'guillotine for boats' i can't seem to get it out of my mind now.. lol! great catch!
Ginnie Hart: I love it, Rian. smile Thanks.
  • Paule
  • United States
  • 13 Apr 2012, 20:42
impressive.
Ginnie Hart: Even more so in real life, Paule!
Very impressive... and a little scary. smile
Ginnie Hart: You'd be in awe there, Larry. I've never seen anything like it. Thanks.
Great picture of the size and power of this machine, Ginnie. BTW it is a " Guillotine Lock". They are common on our local waterways around East Anglia.
Ginnie Hart: I had NO IDEA there was such a thing, Graeme. Thanks to you, I have just Googled it and here it is:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guillotine_lock
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 13 Apr 2012, 23:25
A guillotine for wayward boats - if you don't pay your lock toll ...
Ginnie Hart: Makes sense to me, Louis! And now that I've found out there's such a thing called "guillotine lock," I'm paying more attention. smile
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guillotine_lock
  • CherryPie
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 14 Apr 2012, 00:02
You have made the locks look beautiful smile
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Cherry. They ARE beautiful and humongous!
  • Luiza
  • Germany
  • 14 Apr 2012, 06:16
*hihi* Looks nice. How did you reached the place???
Ginnie Hart: They actually have ramps or walkways that apparently are open to the public at your own risk, Luiza. You know us...Astrid and I aren't afraid of anything. smile
Very well captures and very well expalined!

Good job Ginnie!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Eduardo. Gracias.
A beautiful industrial landscape !
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Ceanothe. It totally intrigues me! Merci.
  • noel
  • france
  • 14 Apr 2012, 09:42
nice tones and great angle for this photo Ginnie well done
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, kind sir. Merci.
Great title - made us laugh grin the lines and structure is excellent, we also like the few colors in this image. Makes it stronger and in a way more masculine ....
Ginnie Hart: You're very kind! Thank you for stopping by and commenting here. smile
good to see it and thanks for the information smile
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Joshi, and you're welcome. smile
  • Geoff
  • Australia
  • 15 Apr 2012, 05:06
Chop Chop! A Guillotine is EXACTLY what I thought this was smile
Ginnie Hart: It almost makes me laugh, Geoff, though a bit too nervously. smile Thanks.
  • Kala
  • 15 Apr 2012, 05:27
Oh my goodness it DOES look like a guillotine! Wonderful details, tones, and light in this image, Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: HA! Thanks, Kala. The things we can see with our own eyes! smile
  • Oscar
  • Germany
  • 15 Apr 2012, 21:22
ha ha ha a guillotine for boats.. xd Maybe a guillotine for all politics of the wolrd
Ginnie Hart: Wouldn't that be nice, Oscar, to cut them off at the pass...those who don't shape up get shipped out! smile
Very interesting. I took some pics of locks on the Mississippi during my trip last fall - quite different than these.

On the other hand, this looks exactly like the flood gates we have on a few channels around here. They're hurricane protection, to keep rising water from moving inland. And they're all terrific fun to be around, watching the work and taking pictures!
Ginnie Hart: I can picture you getting very excited around something like this, Linda, watching every little thing. Of course, I can also picture you in a boat trying to make your way through. smile
this is quite something. you have to see it to really understand its functionality. great shot!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Ayush. By now I can pretty much figure out how these locks work and I can watch them for hours on end!
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 24 Apr 2012, 11:44
Oh...very clever shot, Ginnie!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, dear Ray.

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