Power of dynamite/Power of nature

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Marilyn Whiteley on December 6, 2007

Signs of blasting and signs of resilient nature on Argyle Street, The Rocks, where the road goes beneath the Sydney Harbour Bridge approach.

Ian Stehbens on December 7, 2007

You certainly got to know your Sydney in such a short visit Marilyn. You were quick to combine yours and my Arglye Cut pics. Sydney is built on and of Hawkesbury Sandstone, which was fortunate for those who came from Yorkshire, for example in the early settlement days for they knew the art of cutting the rock and the associated engineering principles for bridge construction and decoration, for housing construction and even for building drystone walls. There was little other choice of building material. After World War 2, bricks created from clay and shale quarries became the dominant material. In other cities such as Brisbane, sandstone was used but it had to be brought to Brisbane from further west, eg, Helidon. But otherwise in Brisbane timber was the dominant material for most of the house building.

Тилигузов Сергей on December 7, 2007

Oh yes! Power of nature. I have one example that power in this photo. I observed it on island La Gomera in the Canary archipelago. Our region (where I live) don't have mountains, and I've been amazed seen.


Marilyn Whiteley on December 7, 2007

Thank you, Ian and Sergej. Sergij, thank you for the link. I am fascinated by illustrations of this power of nature to persist even under extremely difficult circumstances. I have just posted a picture of a steep cliff face in Milford Sound, in New Zealand, that shows this in a very different way.

Ian, I remember hearing a lecturer on the architecture of our city, Guelph, say that you get our style of 19th century stone architecture wherever there are Scottish immigrants and a local supply of limestone. In our case the abundant stone was Niagara dolomite (or, more properly, I guess, a rock somewhere between dolomite and limestone; there's special name for it which I forget.) I've posted a very few pictures of buildings in Guelph that use it, and intend to take some more. The main part of our house is a small stone cottage built in 1898, probably one of the last built here. It was of cheap construction, and I think only the corner pieces are of cut stone; mainly the stones were gathered, not cut. It is more an illustration of ingenuity than of the skills of Scottish stone masons!


© Carsten on December 7, 2007

Hi Marilyn. This is a picture I have to think of now. I have to leave for work now but I am sure I will think of it while driving to work. The power of nature is bigger. Always because you have to be very hard to avoid nature. There are always things that come out. So dynamite is nothing against the power of nature. So flowers are growing at railroad tracks and even besides our Autobahn. Ruins are captured back by nature and even an explosion by dynamite is over after seconds and than the nature is back.



Marilyn Whiteley on December 7, 2007

Yes, Carsten, I find myself amazed by things as different as plants pushing up through the cracks in a sidewalk, and vegetation covering old buildings. Nature asserts itself!

Greetings, Marilyn

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  • Uploaded on December 6, 2007
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    by Marilyn Whiteley
    • Taken on 2007/08/29 20:50:09
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