Tuesday, 29 December 2009

ABC Wednesday - X

Saltmarsh, Duddon Estuary
X marks the Spot

A favourite device of pirates to mark where buried treasure lies

such as the map from Treasure Island which also has arrows

for how else would you know the direction to set sail. Although this arrow gives direction to
the top and a trig point, which are as useful as directional x marks the spot and to hill walkers, especially in bad weather, as they eXplore the countryside. These were erected by the Ordnance Survey in Britain as they mapped the country. The metal plate on the top is for securing a theodolite or reflector to make eXact triangulations. With the rise of GPS systems they are not all in use anymore and I suspect this one is not, so is an eX trig, but it has been adopted, for it was newly painted this year in time for Remembrance Sunday.
It is surrounded by a wind shelter, very welcome in eXtreme weather on this eXposed spot. If you look north from this point

in the far distance, at the eXtreme end of my camera's zoom, there are not X rays, but radiation of a different type, the eX nuclear power station, which is now being demolished, but still in use as a nuclear processing plant. Constructed in the 1950s when safety in science used to be more gung ho it used to be called Windscale but after a few leakages the name was eXcised, it had a PR makeover and renamed Sellafield.
Could X also mark the vanishing point as the eXpress train races down the line
or stand for danger at railway crossing. Sherlock Hemlock certainly says so in this short clip from Sesame Street.

eXit here to see more interpretations of the letter X on the ABC Wednesday meme.


Paula Scott said...

Yes! Those shy X's don't like being in front, do they?
Great post! Had me smiling all the way.

Life with Kaishon said...

Wow. That is perfect! I love your creativity. Very wonderful!

Manang Kim said...

Very informative thank you!

ABC Wednesday:Xerophyte

Martha in PA said...

Great series!

My ABC & Watery Wednesday

Roger Owen Green said...

Yo ho ho, and a bottle of rum!

Hildred and Charles said...

Wonderful post - loved Sherlock and his informative song about X.

Spiderdama said...

Very creative X and great shot!;-)
Wish you a Happy New Year!

Gerald (Hyde DP) said...

Love the photos of the saltmarsh and the arrow pointing to the trig point.

Tumblewords: said...

Super collection! Beautiful photographs and narrative. Love 'em all!

Jay said...

Ha! Xcllent collextion of Xs! Made me laugh, too, which is always a bonus!

I'd almost forgotten about trig points. I've climbed to a few in my time, but never found one with a wind shelter.

Rose said...

Very creative choices for the letter X! The trig points are fascinating--I've never seen these before. Seems like a much more interesting way of finding your way than to use a GPS system.