The calm and storm of Benson Lock

It’s great when we get to be at the front of a BIG lock going upstream.  It’s the closest I get to white water rafting when the sluices are opened!  Hard to get a photo that even begins to convey this, but these few at Benson Lock give a slight feel of the calm and storm of the action!

 

 

The calm – moving towards the lock …..

 

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….. the stillness within the depths of the lock.

 

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The storm – a deluge, nay a torrent, of water pours through the sluices from above. Calliope rocks and heaves on her ropes ….

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…. until we float to the top of the lock and gently move out onto the next reach of the Thames.