Thursday 24 March 2016

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Throughout the last few years of boat ownership. I have been taking a number of photographs around the canals and rivers system. Obviously the subject would vary depending on where we were and what we were doing.  The photographic images are taken using a Canon 550d DSLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex) which is my camera of choice. I use Coral Paintshop Pro X8 photo editing software for adding the logo and creating a smaller thumbnail image.

There is no particular theme, other than most of my photography is waterways inspired. It's whatever that caught my attention at the time. So I thought I might include a few of my photographs into the blog. 

Disused lock awaiting restoration on the Orleans Canal.

England is not alone in having some canal sections waiting restoration This is the current limit of navigation on the Canal d'Orléans. The canal is connected to the river Loire. The Loire is the longest river in France. Connecting to the sea near St Nazaire. With a length of 1,012 kilometres, it drains more than a fifth of France's land area and is the 171st longest river in the world. You can just see our motorhome in the background to the left of the lock chamber weir.

Detail taken from an information plate.

History: The Canal d'Orléans connects the Loire River at Orléans with the Canal du Loing and the Canal de Briare. The canal was begun in 1676. This was completed in 1692 with a length of 74 km and 27 locks. In 1921, it was extended 5 km from Combleux to Orléans. The canal service was terminated in 1954. The canal could accomodate boats up to 100 feet (30 Mtr) in length and 16 feet (5 Mtr) beam.

Though the canal is disused today, it is still kept in a good state of repair with its tow path being used as a cycle trail. There is a limited amount of restoration taking place.  Along the towpath, you will see some of the original locks and gates. Lock 1 in Orléans has been restored. As have locks 4 (Pont-aux-Moines) and 5 (Donnery).  Locks No. 24 through 28 have also been restored and are in currently in use.

I take photographs for my own personal pleasure. Whilst I reserve copyright ownership of the photographic image. You are free to use the image for your own purposes as long as the logo is not removed and you give credit to where the photograph came from. The image provided on the blog is a thumbnail of the original photographic image. 

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