Clouds over the observation deck at the Kirkfield Lift Lock, Ontario
Last Monday (July 26th) was a lovely sunny day - not too hot and not to cold. We were entertaining family from Upstate New York who had never been to the second highest lift lock in the world, which happens to be less than an hour from our house. Isn't the sky lovely?
Looking easterly again, a view of the lift lock
This view was taken in April when the locks had not yet opened for the boating season (May 15 to October 15). I cannot believe how blue the sky was!
The lift lock mechanism is like a gigantic scale with two chambers that hold water. When one chamber goes up, the other goes down. The hydraulic lift lock raises boats nearly 15 meters (49 feet).
In the second photo the chambers are at the same level for the non-boating months. But in the NEXT photo the left chamber is up, full of water and...
View from above last Monday
I am up there on the same level as the windows in the first two photos to photograph this lovely reflection as well as the beautiful sky again - but from the opposite direction looking westerly.
To be continued tomorrow....
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You certainly had a nice day. The sky is "Carolina Blue."
Great sky. Lovely pics. I find lift locks fascinating - great to watch them at work. I must admit I have only seen a few.
What an interesting trip to the locks!
I have never seen a lift lock before, and your photos show they are so interesting. The skies so blue and certainly was a lovely day!
The sky is gorgeous in your first picture. The locks themselves are interesting. It's hard to imagine a 49-foot lift.
Terrific captures as always! I am fascinated by the lift locks, never seen one. And what wonderful day and what gorgeous skies you had! Enjoy your weekend!
Are these locks the same as the ones in peterborough?
Neat shots and can't wait 'til tomorrow. Lovely sky. Ours has been blue until this morning and it is overcast and even chilly out there. MB
Being a desert rat, I too have never seen a lock lift. Thanks for giving us some insight to this marvel of the engineering world.
Great clear skies!
Happy SWF weekend!
Beautiful sky shots and the lift lock is also very interesting. I've seen several old locks that were restored but I've never seen a more contemporary one like this.
Interesting, those are impressive locks. We don't see those here in California.
The first one looks more like a prison to me. :-(
wow, i must say i learned a lot about lift lock here. never seen nor heard about this before. thanks.
Very unusual indeed. Love the composition of that first photo.
You sound very energetic today! And thanks for sharing information. Have a happy weekend.
Never heard of a lift lock either so that was an education. I was just thinking while driving today how deep blue the sky was. Good to notice these things!
Great photos. The lift locks sound interesting. My first time to see lift lock. Thank you for sharing.
I marvel at the inventions of man. Why can't we be that clever all the time??
Nice photos and very interesting post! I love watching locks!
Gorgeous sky! it's raining over here, love the cool weather, not as hot as the usual weather.
Lovely skies in your neck of the woods.
That's an incredible lock. Whoever imagined and invented locks must have had terrific vision or perhaps it was an 'Aha!' moment. Beautiful spring skies.
What a great day you had with such great skies!
Looks like a great day with a pretty blue sky!
The sky looks wonderful in your photos, overall it looks like a beautiful day..
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The lift lock mechanism looks so strongly detailed against the bright blue of the sky and dazzling white of the clouds! Beautiful photos!
Really interesting perspectives. Thanks for these, my friend.
Lovely views, and very informative as well. Thanks for sharing the pictures.
The locks look so interesting, what a great view.
Love that blue sky and scenery!!
Yes, that is a lovely sky, and you framed it superbly. Another interesting post, EG.
Lovely day and lovely pictures!
I have seen like this in St.Sault Marie in the upper Michigan. It was my first time to see such kind of mechanic and it awed me. Such a good job they've do. Happy weekend!
This is all very confusing to me. Just when I think I've got a lock on it, you introduce something new and I've got to go back and start all over! Sheesh!
But you do take purty pitchers.
I would love to see this in real life...
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