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Friday, 10 July 2009

Skywatch Friday - Flood Gates

Another view of the Thames Barrier gates taken in May and just a couple of days before their 25th anniversary. During that time the gates have been closed 410 times, 296 of those were for testing. That means 114 times London needed the protection from flooding.

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26 comments:

Mike said...

That's sobering! I must visit there sometime :)

Greyscale Territory said...

Incredible! Those barriers look like mini cargo boats! And love the brooding sky above!

Gennasus said...

Looks like the barrier might just be needed if those clouds have their way!

alestedemadrid said...

You always get a fresh vision of every place... Have a good weekend.

Karine said...

I love the sky in this photo, it's very dramatic, especially with the flood gates there!

Alexander said...

Nice coverage. The skies are very dramatic. Was it going to rain? Looks like the flood gates are important part of the city.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Alexander
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Mog said...

Another great photo, and very evocative of London. 25 years eh? I used to work with someone who had a basement flat near the river, she would worry about flooding, especially at high tides and rain. If there was a flood warning she would seal her possessions in plastic bags so that they would float on any water and not get crushed.

Babooshka said...

That sky is surreal. I have seen more blue skies on your blog than I ever did when I lived in London.

ProdigalWife said...

Clever though, isn't it? Love the clouds--looks like the barriers are just about to be needed!

Babzy said...

impressive and surealitic shot !

Ivy said...

The sky looks so ominous and the barriers look like soldiers waiting for battle.

Tammy said...

Love this shot!

Jacob said...

The gates are impressive and so is your photograph. Wonderfully composed...and the clouds set it off perfectly. A gorgeous shot in every way!

Sean said...

Beautiful Pic!!!!!

Bonnie Bonsai said...

Love the heavy scales of your busy summer clouds.

Lily Hydrangea said...

this is a uniquely interesting skywatch!

jenny2write said...

They look like wonderful boats floating against that amazing sky

marley said...

Dramatic!

VioletSky said...

The barriers look most intriguing, sitting there, waiting to go into action.

koala said...

I always wondered what are they. Impressive dramatic sky too.

Jilly said...

These gates are truly amazin. I find them beautiful too. Super shot, Mo. That sky, wow.

Melissa said...

I just had to stare at the photo for a moment...amazing!

Hildegarde said...

I just saw a little piece of the movie "flood" and now here they are the barrier gates, with a really great sky !

lunarossa said...

Impressive! They look like galleons ready for battle just before a storm coming. Ciao. A.

The Lone Beader said...

I wasn't really aware of this flood problem until I read your posts about this! But, I have been reading about Venice's flooding a lot lately, though. I am going there next month. Will be interesting to see what they are doing to preserve the city! :o

Kirigalpoththa said...

Wow!

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