turn like the tide in the moonlight
rotate like the wheel’s coming loose
it’s a wonderful thing, to behold such a sight
it’s as if you’ve been hustled, vamoose!
good god it’s amazing you settle
and dance with such grace, such aplomb
and to think that the steam from a kettle
could drive you, could so spur you on
four minutes of fizz and you’re flying
suspending the passengers high
and what makes the motion surprising
is you’re moving in synch with the sky
Location: Falkirk Wheel, Falkirk, Scotland
© Donald Cameron 2009
This shot received a commended award in Landscape Photographer of the Year 2010 competition. On display in the awards exhibition at The National Gallery, London, from 22nd Nov 2010 to 16th Jan 2011. Also in accompanying book available at Amazon
What is it?
This is a long exposure shot capturing the rotation of the Falkirk Wheel in Scotland – the world’s first revolving canal boat lift. It takes approximately 4 minutes to fully rotate and lifts boats up to the next level of the canal. An amazing piece of architechtural design and engineering, apparently it only takes the equivalent power of boiling a kettle to power each rotation.