Photo-a-Day (Thursday, 11th April, 2013)
Old lock gates
Photo: Janice Freeman (Nikon D7000 @ F8 1/400.)
They look like stacked books to me as well and I think to make these sculptures of of the old gates is a great idea.
Interesting picture, Janice. Can't decide what they remind me of....Perhaps a little like Easter Island???
...but only just a very little. Mmmm, folks will tell me I've lost my marbles!
Interesting. They look like they were for a deep lock, although you have nothing to accurately judge the height.
I walked past these a few weeks ago, while walking my dog, and i couldnt believe how enormous they are. Great picture
Wondered what it was when scrolling down to the title. Thought it would be a sculpture. They don`t look safe - one push on end one and like ring-a-ring o`roses, they all fall down lol.
Dave (Oy) has photo`s of this `Unlock` sculpture on ShutterNutters :-
Hey Janice them's big old lock gates.....nice pic, will put it in my album.....cheers!!!
Never thought i would be impressed by lock gates.....but i am.
Great pic Janice.
It's a fantastic artistic image, the variation in texture on the old wood adds a lot of interest.
I Don't think they have ever been used . I se no rot or water marks.
The splayed arrangement of the gates represents the opening of a gate when in use (IMHO).
Very interesting photo. I've never seen lock gates from this perspective before and it's the first time I've heard they are there. Will have to go and have a look!
Well done Janice
Interesting photo Janice,have a look next time I visit ,lock gates are made of Oak ,good video here showing construction.
What a great idea! Love the photo. I'll have to try to get there next time I'm across the Pond.
Interesting photo, I wonder why they are not in use, as Ron says they don't look used, I would like to see someone stood next to them to judge the height, must go and see them. H.
Guessing at about 7metres tall,I had the privelidge of blasting the new shafts for the new steel lock gates at Glasson dock in Liverpool in the early 1970's,those were gigantic,look at the depth of the canal locks,taking into account the depth of water at the lowest point and you will see why these gates are so big.
I can't decide whether or not that is a door at the base of the 1st gate. If it is, perhaps someone could enlighten me. If not, then i'll make an appointment with specsavers. It is an interesting picture though. Never seen a lock gate out of water before.
Derek, the door you can see is a sliding trap door, opened by a long shaft and screw up to the top of the gate, used on each lock gate to balance the water level and pressure on each side of the gate.