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Knight's Vigil.

Always on guard, the Thames barrier has proved a succesful design alowing large ships access, so much so that the proposed barrier to be built around the Venitian lagoon to protect Venice will be of a similar design, so that large cruise ships may still pass through.

comments (14)

This is a realy good one John.
John Prior: Thanks Frances, we enjoyed our trip on the river
One day John I'll see these structures, they do make impressive pictures though.
John Prior: The river boats are very reasonable, a senior Zone 3 ticket costs just £7.50, enabling the exploration of the river for all of the day.
What a crazy looking thing! Nice image of it!
John Prior: Thanks Elizabeth, there is a line of them, have done a great job when the gates rotate into position to prevent London flooding.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 23 Aug 2011, 07:40
I think these things have been a great success John: a fine pic
John Prior: Thanks Chris, yes they have.
Good close shot of this now iconic landmark.
John Prior: Thanks Sheila.
  • Chad Doveton
  • Where latitude and longitude meet.
  • 23 Aug 2011, 08:48
This is somewhere we all know but don't actually visit. Great to see these close up John.
John Prior: Not been on the river for years and never to the barrier, a river card ticket zone 3 is very reasonable at £7.50 allowing you to get on and off all day.
nice building...
John Prior: Thanks Chantal
  • Linda
  • United Kingdom
  • 23 Aug 2011, 13:28
I have never really seen it close up, very good capture smile
John Prior: Thanks Linda, have not been on the river for years and my first trip to the barrier. Will have to do it again as a senior river rover ticket is very reasonable at £7.50, just need good light.
Visually, it is a hat. More would look like an army of them. Would be very cool, I think, if they are in formation.
John Prior: Thanks Mary, yes difficult to get that shot from a tourist boat smile
  • sherri
  • Little Rock, Arkansas, United States of America
  • 23 Aug 2011, 14:50
somehow it reminds me of the Vikings
John Prior: Thanks Sherri, I know what you mean smile
I've seen lots of pictures of this but never the thing in reality. I like your viewpoint John, it goes with your title and looks like a knights helmet.
John Prior: Thanks Brian, that is what I thought, a row of Knights, the cranes become swords smile
Just think, if they didn't work then maybe the house of commons would be overwhelmed by flood water and all the politicians would disappear......gringringrin
John Prior: No doubt they would be the first to save their skins.
  • Otto K.
  • United States
  • 23 Aug 2011, 20:44
this is really cool, interesting shape of that building.
John Prior: The metal coverings react so well to the light, from the right angle you get a line of knights protecting London from high tides.
Ashtoning design in such a place! Well done.
Have a nice day.

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