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9 April 2008 Coleen Perilloux Landry

Bonnet Carre' Spillway "Needle"

Bonnet Carre Spillway

This is one of the original pine "needles". As the bays of the Spillway are opened, a crane lifts the needle from its location by the hook, thus opening the floodgate to allow the River to flow into the Spillway. Note the metal S that was placed in the pine. Much pride and care went into the building of the Spillway locks and its simple, yet highly efficient design has worked almost faultlessly through the years. The structure is as sound today as when it was completed in 1931 and is truly an architectural feat.
In 1931 the Corps was truly a corps of engineers and did not contract out jobs as is done today.

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Paolo Peggi (aka Bracciodiferro)29-Nov-2018 19:50
Excellent in all ways.Vote
Guest 10-Apr-2008 23:45
Great shot, great history behind the photo. Our local television says that the Corps
will open the Bonne Carre tomorrow, Friday. It will remain open for several weeks.
Look out below for the wildlife.
Guest 10-Apr-2008 23:09
Interesting story, nice shot, nice texture indeed
s_barbour10-Apr-2008 22:52
Fabulous textures here Coleen!
Chris Cox10-Apr-2008 19:28
Really Nice Shot.... I love it!
Headed back home from Canada tomorrow for the weekend.
Did they decide to open the spillway? Hope to visit there this weekend!
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Al Chesworth10-Apr-2008 19:09
Remarkable detail in this Coleen.
Robin Reid10-Apr-2008 18:28
Fascinating detail.
Guest 10-Apr-2008 18:22
It never ceases to amaze me that the construction methods employed eighty to one hundred plus years ago continue to function with typically little maintenance, yet the high technology of the past forty years tends to be in a constant state of disrepair. The planned obsolescence seems to assure full employment in the future. Now that I've put away my soap box, I like the detail and gritty textures in this picture. I have to learn about isolation and details. Great shot.