Giant matchsticks

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Conrad Nay on October 19, 2009

In the interest of preserving a fine piece of art, may I suggest a klompen alternative....

Bryan Bredberg on October 19, 2009

Very cool picture. Can't just be art. It's difficult to tell for sure from the photo, but it doesn't look too far from those steep slopes. Could it be a last line of defense against a big avalanche? Or, perhaps a defensive perimeter to hold back invading Mongol hordes?

larry e walton on October 20, 2009

If you look at the detail of each post, it would actually be very simple to build. Each fencepost has two shop drilled (my guess) holes. They each ingeniously connect to the predecessor and the next in line, both on the opposite side. There is a great deal of flexibility as to where a post may go, which suits the topography well and allows the top of post to vary in height. Quite ingenious design. Not for a standard 35' city lot, mind you, but works well in the Alps! I would guess cattle fence - would need little or no maintenance.

PS .... well shot Norrel.

larry e walton on October 20, 2009

PS ... no fence posts = no frost jacking of your main supports. Hence, frost proof fence design. Necessity is the mother of invention. Perhaps this is the border fence between Tirol and Vorariberg?

not1word on October 20, 2009

I was admiring the construction too, Larry. They've got some wire running through the lumber down low, too. I guess to keep the bottom from spreading out.

Rainer2 on October 20, 2009

It is a good Photo and you now got the Title right too. ;-) Rainer

Norrel on October 21, 2009

I don't need so much wood for my klompen, Jean, you could use one pair of them for years.

Please don't you ever link to crocs again, Conrad! You knew that I detest them! ;>)

Thanks to your comment, I more and more doubt if this thing is a piece of art, mysterybay. But if it's a snow fence, it's a nice one.

Thank you for explaining the technical part of this structure, civil engineer Larry E Walton. Now I should be able to build a fence like this in my own garden, if Mrs Norrel approves this design.

Now I'm convinced, not1word. This thing is a snow fence. I live in a country with no mountains and hardly any snow, so I mistook this thing for a piece of art. If it's made of wood, and it isn't a clog, it should be art. Now I know better.

Thanks for your approval, Ray!

joyfotos on October 21, 2009

A snow fence it is but it can still be art. And if anyone doubts it is art your lovely photo is art for sure! But look at all the fun generated before it was established it was a snow fence!

Happy Snapper on October 26, 2009

Reminds me of Steve Mc Queen in the Great Escape

Norrel on November 2, 2009

Thanks for your visits and nice comments, joyfotos, unnippillai and Bob!

Amelia Royan on November 10, 2009

Hi Norrel, I've had these matchsticks in my favs gallery for quite a long time, and now I see they are in the contest!! You have a VOTE - and I wish you good luck with this fascinating structure :))

Cheers, Amelia

joyfotos on November 10, 2009

Back for a VOTE! Good luck in the contest!

mardrl on November 10, 2009

Hi Norrel You have my vote too.

kamalyn on November 10, 2009


Silvyp on November 10, 2009

Interesting fence, nice shot. Voted. Greetings. Silvy

Marbiz on November 12, 2009

Wow, very interesting. I haven't read all the comments but how long is it?

Laurel211 on November 17, 2009

You've got my vote for this one! It's such a conversation piece. I love it!

Norrel on November 17, 2009

Wow! What an impressive bunch of votes this pic gets! Thanks, Amelia, jf, Margot, kamalyn, Silvy and Laurel!

It's about several hundred metres long, marbiz. Me and my friends were wondering what it was. We now know it's a snow fence, but the most beautiful snowfence we'd ever seen.

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  • Uploaded on October 11, 2009
  • Attribution-No Derivative Works
    by Norrel
    • Camera: SONY DSLR-A100
    • Taken on 2009/09/21 10:29:57
    • Exposure: 0.004s (1/250)
    • Focal Length: 18.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/5.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO100
    • Exposure Bias: -0.30 EV
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