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A King Canute for the 21st century

2011.01.17
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This chap delivered five loads of shingle in the short time I was on the beach and I suspect he'd been doing that for several hours before I got there!
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These enormous chunks of rock must weigh several tons each but these machines made it look like child's play to move them.
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It's not every day you see a traffic jam on Selsey beach!
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Trudging home - mission very much not accomplished.
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According to legend King Canute is supposed to have sat in his throne on the seashore at Bosham and unsuccessfully ordered the tide to stop. When I visited Selsey this afternoon I saw a similar mission in progress. Selsey sits at the end of the Manhood Peninsula on the south coast and the town is in a constant battle to survive against the forces of the sea. If nature was left to its own devices the peninsula would be entirely eroded away so extra stone frequently has to be brought in to shore up the beach. Today a team was hard at work moving enormous chunks of rock to underpin the sea wall where it had been damaged by the winter storms while a huge dumper truck trundled back and forth shifting piles of shingle to go over the top. All this was happening against the clock as the tide came back in. I had to time it just right to get these shots, crossing the beach in between visits by the dumper truck. As I left, one of the workmen trudged past me along the beach, heading for home, and it struck me that he was something of a King Canute for the 21st century – still fighting the unwinnable fight.
11 Comments
joycephotography Nice post...)
joycephotography · 2011-01-17: 15:18
snowpie Love them! 2nd and last are my favorit. 2nd because of the "monster", last the "dwarf". :)
snowpie · 2011-01-17: 15:19
josy63 Very interesting post and I like your idea of this new king Canute for this 21th century !
josy63 · 2011-01-17: 15:32
karmankwarner Excellent post, enjoyed the information. Love the #2 capture.
karmankwarner · 2011-01-17: 15:45
revenant Nah... call it Cnut. It makes the dyslexics giggle (I speak as a mild sufferer myself). More specifically, this was the field of my doctoral thesis, so I consider myself entitled to make fun of the whole process.
revenant · 2011-01-17: 17:32
danrav Great shots Helen. You really captured the tough work involved! Hope you are doing well!!!
danrav · 2011-01-17: 20:21
Annabelle33 Great shots! It's amazing to watch powerfully machinery like that at work!
Annabelle33 · 2011-01-17: 23:23
lookagain Wow, those are some powerful machines....cool captures, Helen!
lookagain · 2011-01-17: 23:40
davidcardona Excellent report!
davidcardona · 2011-01-18: 08:40
Eiram Fascinating post...
Eiram · 2011-01-19: 11:46
borgoallegri wow - neat!
borgoallegri · 2011-01-29: 17:20
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