Monday, January 11, 2010

Orseolo - One Polished ferro

I love taking pictures in Bacino Orseolo.
There's no place in the world quite like Venice,
and there's no place in Venice like Orseolo.

Known as the "gondola garage" by some, Bacino Orseolo is not only a place to get on a gondola for a ride, it's also where numerous gondolas can be seen rafted together.
As you've seen in previous posts, this raft of gondolas makes for some fun photos. I dare say that it's next to impossible to walk through there with a camera and not take at least a few pictures.

Today's Orseolo photo shows a grouping of gondolas criss-crossed bow to stern.

It looks like someone got a new ferro.
Or maybe just got finished polishing the heck out of it.
Either way, it sure looks nice, and stands out in a big way.
That blade is so shiny, that in a previous photo, you can see my reflection in it as I crouched to take the photo.
I decided not to post that image because the reflection of some bonehead tourist crouching down seemed to detract from the the quality of the scene.


Tamas Feher from Hungary said...

The Bacino Orseolo is a dead-way for gondolas, but what about waterflow? Do they maintain water quality via hidden passages to the Rio Giardinetti?

Bepi said...

The bacino is not a dead end (way).
The Rio Procuratie and the Rio Orseolo connect to each other. It could be argued (Tomas) that the loop may not get scoured as well as the rest of the canals.

Buttercow: Tomas, It is my feeling that the Aqua Alta has been occurring since the founding of Venice but was a state secret. The scirocco winds and the tides generated would make the defensive channels useless and the city would be under several feet of water. What better time to attack? The League of Cambrai would have liked that info.
P.S. Come visit California!

Tamas Feher from Hungary said...

I think Venice was never immune to shipborne invasion. There is or there was a giant iron chain on display in the naval museum which used to deny the entrance of Canal Grade to pirates, who sailed up during the night and plundered several palaces in the 1300s.

I read Acqua Alta is indeed an ancient phenomenon, but it was occuring only 4 times a year during the medieval ages, when the city was higher above water and Brenta flowed in a different place.

Nereo said...

The Brenta river still flows directly in the Adriatic Sea!!!
The "acque alte" aren't caused by the rivers.

Tamas Feher from Hungary said...

> The Brenta river still flows directly in the Adriatic Sea!!!
The "acque alte" aren't caused by the rivers. <

I shall dig it up, but some book says the genovese and hungarian siege troops altered the flow of rivers around the venetian lagoon when they tried to drown the sea republic in silt during the 1370-1381 war.

Rivers also change course naturally during the centuries because of the Coriolis force from Earth's rotation, so they can be far away from their medieval position.

( but canadian boffins say the cause of modern aqua alta is the deep shipping lane, which has been excavated to let giant 100,000 ton, 18-deck cruise ships enter Venice. It acts as a huge pipe and transfers large amounts of seawater into the lagoon very quickly, so the attack of water is more massive. )

Nereo said...

trash those books