Saturday, 29 November 2008

PhotoHunt: metal

A maritime theme for metal this week.

When I went to explore Portsmouth recently, on an unfortunately dull day, I was taken with the shapes of these metal lamp posts along the Saluting Platform, the area where people gathered, and still do, to welcome ships home.

Just below that, on Grand Parade, is this sculpture called The Bonds of Friendship, commemorating the sailing of settlers to Australia.  There is an identical memorial in Sydney, Australia.  The plaque reads:

This Monument Commemorates the Sailing
from Spithead on 13 May 1787
of the First Fleet Conveying Settlers to Australia
A Great Nation was Born.
Then on to The Historic Dockyard where you can find metal objects at every corner.
Among them was this enormous rusting anchor.  And in the background you can see...
....HMS Warrior, the first iron-hulled, armour-plated warship built for the Royal Navy in 1860.

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  1. Wow! Interesting metal works indeed... good choice! :)

  2. I think that's the biggest anchor I have ever seen! I like the pretty metal lamps.

  3. Love your maritime photos for this week's theme - especially the first one.

    Happy Weekend.

  4. Wonderful! You've a great collection of metal today. Those lamp-posts are very attractive.

  5. nice set. the sculpture looks pretty interesting.

  6. Terrific photos! I just love the second one-- what a unique statue.

    I did Photo Hunt today, too. I hope you get a chance to visit and leave your link. :)
    Mrs. Mecomber
    New York Photo Hunters: Metal

  7. We think that rusty anchor is spectacular! Mom loves visiting old ships, subs and airplanes. So many heros have inhabited them and walked their floors while defending their country!

  8. Great contribution to the theme. As a Norwegian, of course I love the anchor and the boat :-)

  9. Wonderful choices for the metal theme. I especially like the bonds of friendship sculpture.

  10. An interesting set of pictures. Strange as it seems, I love your shot of what must be the most mundane of the subjects: i.e., those street lamps!

  11. that bond of friendship sculpture is very nice. and meaningful, too.

    the first pic is very beautiful even with the dull color of gray in the background.

  12. Great pictures for the theme.

  13. I love this whole series... excellent shots and so interesting :-)

  14. The rusty anchor is enormous! I like the lovely blue lamps though.

  15. The anchor reminds me of our trip to Hawaii. The USS Arizona had 4 anchors that weighed over 19,000 lbs each.

    Great collection.



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