ITLT: Underside

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“It occurs to me that the peculiarity of most things we think of as fragile is how tough they truly are. There were tricks we did with eggs, as children, to show how they were, in reality, tiny load-bearing marble halls; while the beat of the wings of a butterfly in the right place, we are told, can create a hurricane across an ocean. Hearts may break, but hearts are the toughest of muscles, able to pump for a lifetime, seventy times a minute, and scarcely falter along the way. Even dreams, the most delicate and intangible of things, can prove remarkable difficult to kill.” 
― Neil GaimanFragile Things: Short Fictions and Wonders

 

 

 

 

It’s The Little Things… Maelstrom!

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I’ve always said there’s no such thing as getting lost. There’s going the quick way and then there’s going the scenic way. Hence today, while avoiding the holiday traffic on my way home from work I ended up in Sharpness Docks. Somewhere I haven’t been for years. The last time I was here I was delivering 30 tonnes of clinker and didn’t / couldn’t hang about.

The port lies on the banks of the River Severn and is one of the most inland ports in Britain and is the 8th biggest in the South West… (Um, don’t want to be picky but is being 8th biggest in a region of a country a boast?) Anyway I digress… Again!

What was impressive was the lock system, the tidal range at Sharpness is from 10-14 meters (Normal Spring to High Spring… look at me getting all technical!  *whispers* thanks Wiki!) That’s 36-43 ft… FFS! That’s a huge amount of water!

It was low tide when I was there and the sluice gates of the front locks were openDSC_8764-Pano.jpg

And there was a shed load* of water being released under pressure. That, I can promise you, is something to see!

*a valid unit of measure

The I.T.L.T. (my project now has an acronym!) image is a 1/6th sec exposure of the plume of one of the sluices.