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amsterdam, netherlands, metal, heavy metal, cast iron, drain, cover, covered, look down, accidental, ordinary amsterdam, storm drain, yellow, rust, weegels, struyk verwo aqua, weert


I had some shopping to do (market, household stuff, supermarket…) and decided to take my camera for a change since the weather was so nice and I was not in a real hurry. And found I should do that more often!

This shot shows the cover of a storm drain – part of what by now is a small collection that I’m thinking of as “heavy metal” as well as part of two of my permanent themes: Look down!, and Covered (see below).. The little hole is for a hook to lift the cover off; particularly when a big specialized truck with an enormous articulated hose comes by to suck out debris that tends to collect and may clog it up.

A indicated by the text in the cover, this storm drain was produced by Weegels Beton BV in Weert; the company is now integrated into Struyk Verwo Aqua who still produce similar storm drains.

Seen from the sidewalk – the three bricks at the top are part of the gutter at the edge of the street pavement.

And I have absolutely no idea what that yellow cross painted on it means (if anything!). I’d noticed them before. Must try to find out…

Update (2010-06-15): A little searching revealed that in our area the whole ‘water cycle’ is managed by an organisation called Waternet – and that of course includes drains and sewers. A quick phone call to their friendly customer service information department later I got the information I was after: The yellow crosses mark the main drainage points which get extra attention (including camera inspection) to determine when and where maintenance is needed to prevent blockage.
 

       Totally accidental: Only on waking up the day after did I realize that I had also shot a perfect letter ‘X’…

Covered is about the covers that give (or deny) access to the world below our pavings, especially in our cities, and how they are placed in, or clash with, the pavement. At the very least these covers prevent us from tripping or falling into holes.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1
 

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  • hardhhhat
    hardhhhatover 4 years ago

    x marks the spot was there gols down there?

  • Gols? You lost me Vee, I don’t know what that means…

    – Marjolein Katsma

  • Susana Weber
    Susana Weberover 4 years ago

    Marked for a reason? Curious! Nice ‘X’!! Good and strong!!

  • I don’t doubt there’s a reason :) I’ve seen quite a few befroe I took a picture of this one, but by no means all of them are marked this way. ‘Just’ need to find out what it is now… (Maybe I should start a series of yellow crosses? ;))

    Thank you, Susana!

    – Marjolein Katsma

  • hardhhhat
    hardhhhatover 4 years ago

    oops my fat fingers again should have been gold – x marks the spot on a treasure map. The d and the s are next to each other so sorry about that confusing conundrum that I created by mistake.

  • Heh – usually ypots are reasonably easy to interpret but in this case I was stumped!

    But I have found out this morning what these yellow crosses actually mean! They mark the main drainage points which get extra attention (including camera inspection) to determine when and where maintenance is needed to prevent blockage. I’ll add that to the description!

    (Now all we need is some graffiti artists to start playing with painting drainage covers… :))

    – Marjolein Katsma

  • hardhhhat
    hardhhhatover 4 years ago

    Ha now that would confuse them… where did I leave the can of yellow spray paint?

  • :D

    – Marjolein Katsma

  • paintingsheep
    paintingsheepover 4 years ago

    Way cool X!!

  • Isn’t it!? And totally accidental, too – I was just shooting ‘heavy metal’ I actually walked past it and then suddenly decided that since I’d sen these yellow crosses earlier this was a ‘normal’ specimen so I stepped back and took the shot…
    And thanks for the fave, Gena!

    – Marjolein Katsma

  • Kim  Calvert
    Kim Calvertabout 4 years ago

    Love this, I like your framing of it and how perfect that yellow X is..

  • Thank you very much, Kim!

    I’d seen more of those yellow Xs, and they were all hand drawn but ‘perfect’ like this, so deliberate, I was sure they had to have some meaning! I was quite pleased I actually found out what it is. :)

    – Marjolein Katsma

  • Maggie Hegarty
    Maggie Hegartyabout 4 years ago

    Congratulations on your Feature on 24/6/10!

    Keep the great work coming!

  • Thank you very much, Maggie, for the feature in European Everyday Life – it makes me quite happy to see my bit of ‘heavy metal’ up there among such awesome images!

    – Marjolein Katsma

  • Larry Lingard-Davis
    Larry Lingard-...over 2 years ago


    Chosen for Subject Matter / Clarity / and The X..

  • Hey that’s wonderful, Larry! My first feature in The “X” Factor – a great start of the weekend :) Thank you very much!

    – Marjolein Katsma

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