05 Feb 18 Traveling as we did down the Danube from Passau, Germany to Budapest, Hungary, we passed through 16 locks which, if I heard correctly, serve three different purposes. The first was to keep the Danube from flooding the towns nestled along its banks, the second was to keep the water level at a depth appropriate for ship travel, and the third was for the generation of hydroelectric power, in that order. We saw only two of them in daylight so I didn't get to photograph much of the system, although I did get a few decent shots of one of those two. None were comparable to the Ballard Locks in Seattle of which I've share many photos, but it was interesting to go through so many in a distance of only 550 miles. While we didn't see or photograph locks of any particular beauty on the Danube, such was not the case on the Moldau in Praha. The shot for today was taken one bridge south of Charles Bridge and is a vehicular bridge with pedestrian walks on both sides. From what I could tell, at this point in Praha, the buildings on the river bank were either apartments or businesses but I'm leaning on the side of apartments. Along this side of the river were several small locks allowing, I'm assuming, for small craft to exit the river for either mooring or repair. On the right hand side of the photo you can see the buildings along with autos parked along the bulkhead. Immediately to the left of that you see one of the small locks with the proximal floodgate open to the river and the distal floodgate closed. No vessels are in it. There is also a separating wall between the river and the lock entrance with a lovely statue at the end closest to the floodgate. True to form, there is a bird on it doing what birds seemingly feel obligated to do. On the other side of this bridge is a beautiful little park situated on a tiny island in the middle of the river. Jan preferred the creative version of this shot which I may just share on Thursday but I thought you might need this straight one first in order to appreciate the artsy look.
This is a composite of 10 frames. I've cropped and straightened it a small amount for best presentation. Nikon D500; 18 - 200; Aperture priority; ISO 400; 1/500 sec @ f /10.