Quiet Contemplation

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Comments (13)

Amelia Royan on January 6, 2009

These are canal boats Mira, and yes people do live on them - some people live on them all year round. They used to be working boats, carrying goods from one place to another through the canal systems in England, and they were drawn by horses which went along the towpath [the one I nearly fell from! :)]. Nowadays they are used by tourists and enthusiasts.

The correct name for thus kind of boat is a barge. They are still used in Germany, and possibly the Netherlands, but everything here is transported by road or rail now.


Amelia Royan on January 6, 2009

Thank you blai for mentioning the camera. :) I am only just getting used to it as it was a Christmas present. I see that you use a D60. Thank you for your praise.

Greetings, Amelia

Amelia Royan on January 6, 2009

They are a breed apart the canal people. But so friendly. One of the boat owners was a Fifer from Dunfermline, and another was in his 80's but was part of the German Youth! Can you believe that.

I think you'd be too active enjoy it for more than a couple of days, but there are some good pub stops. :)

Sergey Sergejevich on January 6, 2009

Three Men in a Boat, To Say Nothing of the Dog :) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lsOBpDkwBtM

Amelia Royan on January 7, 2009

:) I could only see the one segejzana, and his dog was nowhere to be seen either, but I'll have a look at your link. Thank you.

Greetings, Amelia

Sergey Sergejevich on January 7, 2009

This is the name of a book, Amelia. Your photo remind me of it.

Greetings, Srdjan

Amelia Royan on January 7, 2009

Yes I know segejzana, this photo is taken on the Chirk Canal, not quite as grand as The Thames. I meant I was going to look in your "you tube" link.

I know exactly what you mean about the photo, and I am so glad you have paid me the compliment, and that it has reminded you of Jerome K Jerome.

Greetings, Amelia

Amelia Royan on January 9, 2009

It's becoming more of a part of me now Andrea. :)

Thank you for another lovely comment. It's always so interesting to read what others say about a photo. A lot of the enjoyment of Panoramio is visiting other galleries and reading the comments.

Greetings, Amelia

Geoff Slack on June 27, 2009

Hi Amelia, this is a great capture of the barge.I live near to Stoke Bruerne and on Grand Union Canal there are still a few working boats, mainly delivering coal and fuel. The towpaths here have been greatly improved and it is a favourite walk of mine, hence my numerous photos of the scenes.

Amelia Royan on June 29, 2009

I must take a look at some of your canal-scapes Geoff. As far as I've seen, there are no working boats at all on the Shropshire canals, mostly tourists, although there are some folks who live in the barges all the time :))

Thanks for reminding me of this photo :))

Greetings, Amelia

Conrad Nay on October 20, 2009

Always wanted to cruise the canals of Europe in one of these. Perhaps one day.

Mahdi Kalhor on October 20, 2009

Great captured.

Very nice photo.

Kind regards to you,


Hazel Coetzee on July 1, 2011

Quiet contemplation and rustic reverie, Amelia?

Fascinating to a Canal-deprived South African!

You are so lucky to have this enthralling means of transport readily available in Europe. I would spend so much time wandering around those canals, watching the reflections, the boats, the folk, etc. Fantastic.

Love this photo. Thank you!

Warmest greetings, Hazel

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on January 5, 2009
  • © All Rights Reserved
    by Amelia Royan
    • Taken on 2009/01/05 13:15:57
    • Exposure: 0.008s (1/125)
    • Focal Length: 46.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/5.600
    • ISO Speed: ISO200
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash