Norias in Hama have a particular sounds....similar to a cry. and once again those Norias are crying!
LATEST NEWS: Syrian revolution: Syrian Army assault the city of Hama July 31, 2011 began their attack at 5:30 am Local Time (10:30 pm EST - July 30th).
it's the second time that this city is under attack by the Syrian Army. The Hama massacre occurred in February 1982, when the Syrian army, under the orders of the president of Syria Hafez al-Assad, conducted a scorched earth policy against the town of Hama in order to quell a revolt by the Sunni Muslim community against the regime of al-Assad. The Hama massacre, personally conducted by president Assad's younger brother, Rifaat al-Assad, effectively ended the campaign begun in 1976 by Sunni Islamic groups, including the Muslim Brotherhood, against Assad's regime, whose leaders were disproportionately from president Assad's own Alawite sect.
MORE INFO ON NORIA:
A noria (Arabic: ناعورة, nā‘ūra, from Syriac: ܢܥܘܪܐ, nā‘urā) is a machine for lifting water into a small aqueduct, either for the purpose of irrigation or, in at least one known instance, to feed seawater into a saltern.
There are three types of noria. The most common examples consist of a vertical wheel which is slung with a chain of buckets. The buckets hang down into a well which may be up to 8 m (26 ft) deep. The most primitive norias of this type are driven by donkeys, mules, or oxen. The animal turns another wheel, which is engaged with the noria and so causes it to turn. This causes the buckets to circulate.
A second type of noria uses the same system, of a necklace of clay or wooden buckets, but it is driven by the wind. The wind driven norias in the vicinity of Cartagena, Spain, are virtually identical in appearance with the local grinding mills.
The third type of noria uses the energy derived from the flow of a river. It consists of a large, very narrow undershot waterwheel whose rim is made up of a series of containers which lift water from the river to a very small aqueduct at the top of the wheel. Unlike the water wheels found in mills, a noria does not provide mechanical power to any other process. Its concept is similar to the modern hydraulic ram, which also uses the power of flowing water to pump some of the water out of the river.
A few norias were hybrids, consisting of an animal-driven waterwheel.
A noria can raise water to somewhat less than its full height. The largest noria in the world, with a diameter of about 20 meters, is located in the Syrian city of Hama.
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Silvio1953 (142037) 2011-07-31 5:22
Ciao Silvio, gran bel seppia delle imponenti ruote dentate, ottima composizione, nota interessante, bravo, ciao Silvio
Guenther (10915) 2011-07-31 5:27
molto bella questa composizione di seppia che evidenzia la piacevole strttura grafica delle ruote e dei muri... fine shot!
holmertz (52008) 2011-07-31 8:01
The news from Syria today, and for the past few months, have been devastating. It's horrible to imagine how such a nice country is devastated by its ruthless leaders. I remember a visit to Hama 17 years ago, the crying sound of the slowly turning norias, the crowds of the covered bazaar - and unfortunately the wasteland where several blocks of the city were flattened out by the troops in 1982.
This photo very nicely shows us the peculiar water wheels in well chosen sepia tones. Thanks for sharing.
BluSimo (9392) 2011-07-31 10:48
spettacolare costruzione, utile a loro, ma di incredibile efficacia per la elegante bellezza della forme e del suo contesto. Bello il viraggio, adattissimo al soggetto. speriamo che tutto non vada a pezzi con un altro attacco...
grigand (20013) 2011-08-01 13:41
Ho appena postato anch'io una foto dalla Sirya, le notizie che arrivano sono veramente drammatiche, bella questa tua scelta del seppia per le grandi "norie"
emka (96439) 2011-08-01 15:14
Ciao Silvio, Thanks for this photo from Hama, thr place of so tragic events. I am very sad hearing what is going on there. I found Syria such a lovely country.
Very interesting wheels, I havent seen it. they have reason to cry.
lousat (90682) 2011-08-01 15:26
Ciao Silvio,ho appena commentato la foto di Andrea proprio sottolineando le norie,non sapevo che ci avevi gia' pensato tu....non ci sono parole,speriamo che il massacro finisca al piu' presto,ma evidentemente c'e' poco da guadagnare e nessuno muove un dito....come sempre.Buon Martedi',Luciano.
mesutilgim (95048) 2011-08-02 13:59
Perfect capture of this famous "crying" water wheels of Hama; perfect timing to post such a nice capture with very interesting and meaningfull notes.
May God the allmighty give the peace back to this wonderfull country with such a long and interesting history.
TFS and best regards
Vasa (515) 2011-08-22 17:00
tu touches un motif que je connais par les cartes postales dans ma collection. Et tu le presentes tres bien caro amico. La composition est tres illustrative. Avec mes compliments et mes amities!
danyy (0) 2011-08-31 23:35
une image vraiment nette et des lumières douces, bien équilibrées, un sépia efficace qui crée un intemporalité de la scène, j'apprécie beaucoup cette photo/peinture.
baddori (20121) 2011-09-19 22:36
Sembra di essere ai tempi delle legioni romane .
Il seppia appropriato ed il valore dell'acqua ..da noi sciupata con leggerezza.
La corrispondenza con i fatti citati fa capire il malessere.
Ma il nostro "modernismo" non è un modello .
kennyblack (4207) 2011-10-11 14:32
Ciao Silvio, molto belle questa foto e l' idea di farla in "seppia" Interessante la disposizione del mulino ed ottima la nota. Graziexdel post .. :))
Un augurio di buona serata ... Marino