Wednesday Wonderment – pt 3

New and old engineering marvels

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Falkirk Wheel in action

Today, a departure from the past couple of Wednesday Wonderment posts; this time, the amazing subject are two feats of human engineering near the town of Falkirk in Scotland.

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Falkirk Wheel from below.

The first is the Falkirk Wheel, which is a rotating boat lift connecting the Forth and Clyde Canal with the Union Canal, which have an elevation difference of 35 meters (appr. 115 feet).  Prior to the construction of this marvel, ships were required to go through a system of 11 locks, which could take as much as a day to traverse.

The wheel raises boats by 24 meters, after which they still need to go through 2 locks for the remaining 11 meters.  The lock operates on Archimedes’ principle, which states that the upward buoyant force on an object (i.e. boat) equals the mass of the water that is displaced.  This means that when a boat enters the moving part of the lock, its mass plus the mass of the water is equal to the mass of the when the boat was not in the lock.  In a nutshell both sides of the arm are always balanced.

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Wheel with boat

 

The Falkirk Wheel is the only lock of its kind in the world; it was opened in 2002.

The other engineering marvel is ancient!  It is the Antonine Wall, a turf fortification on stone foundations across the Central Belt of Scotland, between the Firth of Forth and the Firth of Clyde.

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Antonine Wall

Unlike the Falkirk Wheel, it doesn’t stand out in the landscape, but rather blends in pretty well due to its weather state.  This lesser known of the two great walls in Great Britain was started at the order of Roman Emperor Antoninus Pius in CE 142, and took around 12 years to complete.  Its key function was to provide a fortification to help repel the Caledonians.

The wall had 16 forts with smaller fortlets between them; the soldiers who built the wall placed slabs to commemorate the construction and their struggles with the Caledonians, twenty of which still survive.

The section of the wall in this photo is in walking distance from the Falkirk Wheel.  I hope you enjoy these travel photos!

 

Faerie Loops

Dancing through the tall grasses

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Faerie Loops

Faerie Loops is a rather whimsical image that allows the concept of faerie folk to dance through our heads! This was inspired by the color of the light and the way it played across the grassy area.

This image is presented here, as an illustration of one of the many ways that abstraction can be achieved through in-camera techniques.  I look forward to hearing your thoughts and ideas about this image!

Three Day Quote Challenge – pt 3

The universe in a single flower

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Flowers reaching for the sky

The Challenge

On Saturday, I was challenged by MarieMathilda to take on the ‘Three Day Quote Challenge’. As this is one of those fun things that you can do all sorts of things with, I am happy and excited to accept the challenge.

The rules of this challenge are simple:

  1. Post three consecutive days.
  2. You can pick one or three quotes per day.
  3. Challenge three different bloggers per day.

Before I post my selection for quote of the day, I would love to nominate:

  1. Fleeting Muse
  2. Views from the Edge
  3. JustBlueDutch

Have fun with the quote and the challenge, and thanks again to MarieMathilda for the nomination!

The Quote

“If we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly, our whole life would change.”
― Gautama Buddha, Sayings of Buddha

This quote speaks to me on many levels, from being in the present at all times to truly see the flower, to allowing ourselves to be one with the universe.

What do you take away from this quote?

Worcester’s Best Chef Competition – pt 2

Did I mention food?

As promised, I will share some more photos from the Worcester’s Best Chef Competition event that was held on January 31st.  I hope that you enjoy some of the flavor that I’m bringing to you in this post!

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Chef in action!

In this first shot, you see Chef Anthony Bairos in action, cooking his dish in front of attendees, who are eagerly awaiting a taste.

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Quail was delicious

Speaking of dishes, one of my favorites was this quail dish; it was cooked to perfection, and so good that I came back for seconds!

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Perfect tenderloin

Not to be missed was the tenderloin with quinoa and delectable sauce, which just about flew off the serving table.

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A little sangria

Of course, with all that great food, one might get a little thirsty, which can be taken care of at many stations, such as here with sangria.

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Dessert is served!

 

No meal should be considered complete without some dessert.  Culinary students from several local high schools created wonderful desserts to compliment the other offerings.

Three Day Quote Challenge – pt 2

A pure mind…

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Deep does the mind ponder

The Challenge

On Saturday, I was challenged by MarieMathilda to take on the ‘Three Day Quote Challenge’. As this is one of those fun things that you can do all sorts of things with, I am happy and excited to accept the challenge.

The rules of this challenge are simple:

  1. Post three consecutive days.
  2. You can pick one or three quotes per day.
  3. Challenge three different bloggers per day.

Before I post my selection for quote of the day, I would love to nominate:

  1. like mercury colliding
  2. Wallpaper tadka
  3. MiddleMe

Have fun with the quote and the challenge, and thanks again to MarieMathilda for the nomination!

The Quote

“We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves.”
― Gautama Buddha, Sayings of Buddha

Following in the theme of the Buddha, this quote is of tremendous importance, lest we forget that we may be controlled by the very thoughts that we try to control.

Yoga Tree Sun Salutation

Yoga Tree readies herself for the day

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Yoga Tree Sun Greeting

This Monday morning I’d like to present a view from last week, before the snow storm hit the area, the start of which was visible in Yoga Tree Loves Snow.  On this morning, Yoga Tree was in the middle of her Surya Namaskar routine, when I arrived.  You can see her arching back, as she welcomes the Sun into her day.

She breathes deeply, as the Sun begins to warm the air around her.  Appreciating the beauty of the sky, to which her branched arms reach, Yoga Tree infuses her entire being with the energy of the Universe.

It will be a good day!