Tuesday, 3 November 2009

Another Weir




Photo copyright: Maggie May

This photo was taken in Topsham, Devon and is where I spotted this weir, I just had to capture it.
Last time I took a photo of a weir, several people from overseas asked me what the word means. A weir is a low dam built across a river to raise the level of water upstream or regulate its flow.
Watery Wednesday is hosted by 2sweetnsaxy.

34 comments:

Quilt Works said...

Nice! I like cat tails or whatever they are on the right, creates a 3d effect in the photo!

jinksy said...

Those teazles are more interesting than the weir - I think I agree with Quilt Works, they certainly add depth to the picture!

Teacher's Pet said...

It's a beautiful photograph, Maggie May. I enlarged it and enjoyed it....
And...I'm glad you told us what a weir is. I had no idea...but I would have looked it up!
Smiles and love,
Jackie

J Bar said...

This is great.
Sydney - City and Suburbs

Nessa said...

Good thing you answered because I was going to ask. Lovely photo.

Tuesday's Tales #1 - John

Suburbia said...

Oh, you learn something every day!!
Thanks Maggie

Sx

Absolutely Write said...

Yeah, I like the fluffy things in the bottom right too - it looks like a little crowd of people has gathered to watch the weir.

Carletta said...

As soon as your blog opened I said low dam. That's what we call them here. A nearby river has about nine of them controlled by locks.
Lovely scenic shot!
Carletta’s Captures.

Eddie Bluelights said...

It was watery wednesday without the weir today.
Nice shot Maggie

Cybele's patch said...

Very nice picture. Thank you for explainign what a weir is.
Jossie

Ebie said...

Hi Ms Maggie May, thanks for the clarification, I would not have known that word. Great photo, too!

lakeviewer said...

We learn so much here.

Denise said...

Great photo and thanks for the info.f

Sandi McBride said...

Lovely pictures...lovely fauna (certainly resemble cattails) in the foreground...peaceful
Sandi

Dimple said...

The first time I saw your blog, you had a picture of a weir. This is different; they are both good shots.
Have a blessed day!

RNSANE said...

Now that I know what a weir is, I realize we have one on the Chattahoochee River right here in Columbus...I saw it the other day when I was out by the old mill. I'll have to post some of the pictures I took. Yours is lovely.

Joops said...

What attract my attention is the flower in front..

Check out swimming with the kids.

Bonnie Bonsai said...

Weir is not only a dam, it is also a family name. I know one person with that name. I suppose long time ago, people are named after animals, water, trees and what else.

Devon by the Sea...for instance is a name of the place.

Lovely weir for a watery project this Wednesday.

Mine is here.

Honey Mommy said...

I agree with Quilt works... I liked how you framed in the picture with the fuzzy headed plants on the lower right!

Bernie said...

Lovely photo Maggie and thank you for explaining what a weir was as I didn't know....stay well my friend.....:-) Hugs

Marie Höglund said...

Lovely WW shot.

Strawberry Jam Anne said...

Yes a lovely photo Maggie and I liked the teazles too, don't see them too often. A x

Mimi said...

Lovely photo, Maggie May.
It reminds me of the Shannon here in Ireland, and of long summer evenings swimming and enjoying good company at the riverside.And thanks for the definition of weir!

Riet said...

That is a beautiful picture. Glad you explained the word weir.

Mickle in NZ said...

Another Weir? Another great photo!

Hope you're doing well, love from me and wide awake VERY LOUD purring from Zebby - he is rumbling away behind me on "our" bed, must have known I was commenting on dear Maggie's blog.

momgen said...

It is pretty and interesting...Happy watery Wednesday.

Mine is here

Petit Eyekiss said...

Every day I learn something new.
Nice shot!

Rose said...

Lovely, Maggie! And thanks for defining weir; I didn't know what it was. The cattails or whatever they are really add a nice touch to the photo.

imbeingheldhostage said...

Peaceful photo :-)
I had no idea that was called a weir. Now I'll look especially clever when driving with the family as I point out, "Oh, look at that weir". Thank you!

aims said...

Here are some interesting facts about weirs (which we do have and know about here in Alberta).

A weir that goes straight across from one shore to another - can kill you. Water falling over this kind of weir recirculates and doesn't have anywhere to go such as in a frowning weir or a smiling weir. If a person falls into this kind of weir they will just be forced back into the weir over and over again - usually churning underwater like in a washing machine.

A frowning weir is where the edges go downstream. If someone fell into the water on this kind of weir they would be pushed along (by the water) to the edge and shoved downstream.

In a smiling weir the edges go up - just like a smile. If a person falls into this kind of weir the water will force them out in the middle.

30 years of whitewater rafting can teach a person a lot about water.

The Green Stone Woman said...

It's a weird word, a weir. I wonder where it comes from. I must look it up. Maybe I'll let you know. If I find out and remember. Take care. Don't laugh too much!

Wendy said...

Thanks for the explanation. Great pic. And I'm glad I know what a weir is now.
Thinking of you.
Hugs

Sniffles and Smiles said...

Simply gorgeous...and so very peaceful...hoping you are having wonderfully peaceful days as you recover and await your biopsy results!! Much love to you, and gentle hugs, Janine xx

cheshire wife said...

My eyes were drawn to the teazles. Somehow they complete the photo.