Depth: Weekly Photo Challenge

Say the word ‘depth’ to a boater, and the chances are they’ll immediately think ‘locks’.

DSC_0237Bollene Lock above, one of the deepest in Europe at around 23 metres.  It’s cold, dark and spooky when you’re at the bottom.



Those gates look strong enough to hold back the Rhone.  Or do they…?


DSCN2462This is one of the oval locks on the Canal du Midi.  In fact this one is two lock chambers together, shaped a bit like a dog’s bone, and the lower chamber is filled by opening the paddles on the upper chamber.  Once the lower chamber is full you move forward over the cill into the second chamber, the gates are closed behind you and the lock continues to fill. 


DSC_0213Of course, there are always calmer waters close at hand.  Still deep though…  🙂 

To see other takes on the prompt, visit the Weekly Photo Challenge.


About Sandra

I used to cruise the French waterways with my husband four or five months a year, and wrote fiction and poetry. Now I live on the beautiful Dorset coast, enjoying the luxury of being able to have a cat, cultivating an extensive garden and getting involved in the community. I still write fiction, but only when the spirit moves me - which isn't as often as before. I love animals, F1 motor racing, French bread and my husband, though not necessarily in that order.
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22 Responses to Depth: Weekly Photo Challenge

  1. Wow, that IS deep, Sandra, especially the second one! Really like that last one and hope you’re in calm waters right now.



  2. Sandra says:

    They’re both of the same lock – it’s just the angle that makes it look deeper. Far cry from that little one we ascended together last summer, hey?


  3. billgncs says:

    this is way cool – and very intimidating 🙂

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  4. Ive always been captivated by the way locks work – you tell a poem in your shots. Happy weekend

    carried deeper
    water’s strength impeded
    misty ripples


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  6. Good take on the challenge, Sandra. I love going through locks. When we cruised the Rhine, it felt really eerie to sit at dinner and see the walls rising high above us. Almost as if we were in a dungeon, and would never get out. 🙂


  7. suej says:

    Not sure I would like to be in that deep lock….looks a bit intimidating, and certainly claustrophobic!


  8. Outstanding interpretation of this week’s challenge. The sensation of vulnerability must be immense when at the very deepest point in one of these locks. Well, it would be for me; I know you seasoned boaters are braver souls. That last misty shot is a beautiful relief!!


    • Sandra says:

      Thank you Barbara. 🙂 When you’re down at the bottom, waiting for the lock to start filling and listening to the almost human shrieking and groaning of tons of iron machinery going about its business… yes – you feel very vulnerable. Most of these locks on the Rhone are bottom-fillers though, so the waters are quite placid as they rise. Some of those on the Saone are not, and the vulnerability is tempered with the struggle of trying to keep your boat hooked up closely to the side of the lock against the swirling water. Ugh!


  9. I always love looking at your photos from the canal locks. The first one looks scary! It must be overwhelming when the water begins to fill. How do you keep your boat from being tossed about?


  10. Polly says:

    I love the ‘calmer water’ photo, Sandra, not to take anything away from the others, but that’s the one that really speaks to me 🙂


  11. rogershipp says:

    The series of photos …. nicely done. Sailing through them would be frightening… I would love it!


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