Wednesday, 6 May 2009

Where Cranes Go To Die?


Honestly, I'm not sure what this is. It looks like a crane graveyard, but then again a lot of the segments looked pretty shiny & new, so maybe it's a crane maternity ward. Who knows? It looked pretty incredible.


We went for a drive over to Sharpness Docks, which is an industrial docklands area on the river Severn. The road my husband wanted to drive along was closed for repairs, so we parked up and walked - and saw this incredible yard as we wandered towards the river.


I can't help thinking what a great place it would be to play for kids who live locally - like a million climbing frames at once. If I'd been able to get into a place like this when I was a teenager, I'd have loved it.

Sharpness Docks

Then you reach the canal, which has the kind of industrial buildings and warehouses that you might expect, and plenty of cranes that are fully built and functional.

Sharpness Docks

Cross the canal, however, to the banks of the Severn and it's hard to believe the sudden change in scenery.

River Severn

Is it just me, or is there something strangely beautiful even about the industrial scenes? Especially on a quiet weekend afternoon, in the spring sunshine.


Chef E said...

Now the last photo is where the real cranes you have their burial ground... Maybe you should write a letter suggesting a play ground, or sculpture be built from the scrapes...they still look usable? You have great ideas for your blog, I love it!

Strawberry Girl said...

I'll bet it's a "birth center" :D

(Yes... I too would be climbing all over those if I were a kid!!) ;p

GingerV said...

seems like in some other life I remember being involved with a job that required a crane, and you could have one assembled for the type of job you had.... I am not swearing because it would have been 30 years ago.... but I found it really beautiful. the marsh land is that on a canal or on ocean inlet?

Kevin Musgrove said...

I know what you mean. I used to walk to work through Manchester Docks and found it all extremely picturesque, eve as it was all being dismantled and thrown away.

Elaine Dale said...

There is beauty in everything and you've really spotted in the cranes - great post.

Kazzy said...

Sure, I see beauty in those scenes. I am all over anything with cool colors and design, including machines.

Patty said...

I think that the photos are great but the cranes are scary. They look like they are ready to stand like soldiers and destroy the rest of what we have left of the beautiful earth.

I love the last shot. Don't tell the cranes where it is.

Anonymous said...

I don't know what you might call it but it looks like a "crane outfitter" place. It might be one company supplies all the crane users with parts and pieces. Not sure but the photographs you took turned out pretty nice.

julie70 said...

I love the title, and the pictures, but the first picture the best, and the title would be good in the Afterclass comments too! Did you make a set with all the pictures?

Thanks for your contribution! and for the interesting story

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