Thursday, March 30, 2006

Old Crane in Oestrich

This old crane is Oestrich's landmark. Built in the 18th century, it was used to load wine barrels onto the boats on the Rhine. Inside is a huge wheel (like a hamsters wheel), with which two strong men had to get the crane to work and lift up the barrels.

13 Comments:

At 3:16 PM, Blogger Maya said...

I really like this photo :-) wow..still manual system, are the two strong men locals? or "illegals"--cheap labors? just curious...:-P

 
At 5:14 PM, Blogger luminlight said...

My gosh, cranes back in the time are SO different from today's - then having a more shelter/protection function - Wonder what it's like inside. The exterior has a temple-like look with its conical top.

 
At 8:32 PM, Blogger Rob said...

Now if this was in the U.S. there would be a fence around it and there would be an admission fee and soda machines and a hotdog stand and it would close at sunset and there would be signs saying "please don't feed the bears"... I digress. Sorry. Nice shot. Makes me miss europe. Could you tell? ;)

 
At 9:45 PM, Blogger Nicola said...

maya - Nowadays they only put it to work on special occasions and for "show effects". I don't think they'll get money for it so if locals or not doesn't matter at all ;).

luminlight - yes, there is even a little bit of starnge space inside. The top of the roof it rotable to move the barrels from the land onto the ships. Alltogether a fascinating construction! Inside it's all fully wooden and quite dark since the windows are small...

rob - I can tell! You should come and visit! Well, here we have an older men (or a men in his best ages, as I should probably say to not "step on someone's toes" ;D) opening it for visitors during the weekend. He has some connections to the local vintners, so he sells some wine there (if you ask you can also have a glass of wine) and has some brochures about the area and some events.

 
At 10:42 PM, Anonymous outdoorexposure said...

interesting architecture....old classic traditional man power crane...i like dark wood texture of it...great capture:-)

 
At 2:48 AM, Blogger Ash said...

very nice image...

 
At 5:33 AM, Blogger heidi said...

Cool. I love this shot!

In regards to your comment on the plant...It is a sumac tree, as I thought. We were warned as children that it was poison sumac and should never be touched. After reading about it now though, I don't think this type is poisonous. I still won't touch it though. Here is the Website: http://www.tonyhowell.co.uk/RhusSumacTree3,1947.htm

 
At 8:56 AM, Blogger Nicola said...

outdoorexposure - thanks I was actually surprised that it came out in this photo. I expected that only the silhouette would show, but I'm quite happy with the outcome :).

ash - thanks!

heidi - thanks for finding that out! I wonder why they had it in the flower arrangement then since it might be poisonous... Hope they got the saver version!

 
At 12:23 AM, Blogger perle de rosée said...

This photo is very beautiful. The light of the sky make a good contrast to the dark crane (Kran auf Deutsch!). I would like to do a travel to your land to look at several landscapes like this.
perle de rosee

 
At 7:43 AM, Blogger Nicola said...

Thanks perle de rose! Between Spring and Fall is (in my opinion) the best time to visit. Although I guess even in Winter there's plenty to do and see!

 
At 7:15 PM, Blogger Ggraph said...

Nicola,
The photo of the crane is both very good and informative as well. I had never seen one like this.
Regards,
Mark

 
At 7:31 PM, Blogger Nicola said...

Thanks Mark and thanks for visiting!

 
At 9:23 PM, Blogger Chris said...

Very nice. What a wonderful sky !

 

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