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Still on the theme of canals, this time in Britain.
Not far from Rickmansworth, a pleasant village about 30 km from central London which is these days a suburb near the end of the underground train system, is the Batchworth Lock on the Grand Union Canal. It was behind me when I took this nearly a year ago. There were dozens of colorful narrowboats on the canal, and I watched for a while as one negotiated the lock, towards which the boat in the photo is heading. Most of the moored boats seemed either lived in or used regularly, judging from the paraphernalia - bikes, motorbikes, pot-plants, barbecues, even pets - on the tiny deck space near the bow.

The Grand Union Canal was formed in the 1920s from the union of many smaller waterways. Today, it is the longest in Britain, from Brentford near London to Birmingham in the Midlands - 220 km and 166 locks. Spurs like the Paddington Arm and the Regents Canal go right to the heart of London. It's said that you need more than a week to travel its length, unless you never sleep.

I think I was lucky to capture the moving narrowboat sharply with the ridiculous aperture/shutter combination, but the boat moved into the picture unexpectedly as I was framing a different shot. I might be able to visit the canal again this summer, and perhaps the sun will shine this time.

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Additional Photos by Andrew McRae (macondo) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2875 W: 101 N: 4800] (18551)
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