Tuesday, May 04, 2010

P is for posts or poles

No, I'm not posting about Poles from Poland but about whether these structures are poles or posts. My practical English is limited so please tell me: Are these structures poles or posts - or something quite different?

PS The phantastic blue sky is not made by any program, but by a careful use of a polarizing filter (although Photoshop has played its part too).

PS2 Yes, the picture was photographed today.


Today's post is an entry in the SIXTH round of ABC Wednesday, the meme initiated by Denise Nesbitt. For more, you can log on via the MckLinky enabled site

48 comments:

Jayne said...

Good question! I'd have said 'poles'. I tend to think of 'posts' as being smaller.

This is a great shot. I've yet to master the use of a polarizing filter. ...Only tried it once and I got some very odd results!

I love your backwards copyright notice in the convex glass of the mirror. :)

Krista said...

You raise an interesting question. Because of the funny nature of English, you may get a variety of different answers. For what it's worth; here is my answer...

I would say you have one pole and one post in this photo. The one with the flag would commonly be known as a flag pole. The one with the sign would be known as a sign post.

That said, nobody I know would consider you incorrect to swap or exchange these words at will. As far as I know, they mean exactly the same thing. Maybe another commenter will correct me, and we can both learn new things! :o)

Either way; great photo!

Gerald (Ackworth born) said...

Well the flag is very definitely on a pole and not a post.

Poles are generally long and thin compared to posts which tend to be shorter and fatter.

Posts are used for posting signs thereon. A string of posts connected by crosspieces some of which might be horizontal poles would create a fence.

Dagrun said...

Sol og blå himmel OG snø, som her kanskje eller har dere sluppet unna snøen denne runden?

Min praktiske ... og teoretiske.. engelsk er langt unna din, så jeg skal høflig la være å svare;)

Kjekt å "sjå" dæ.

Rune (Bildebloggen) said...

Dere har hatt besøk av blå himmel dere også ser jeg, søndag var knall, litt overskyet utpå dagen, men mange timer med sol og blå himmel gjør godt :) I dag har vi fått noen snøbyger, men det legger seg heldigvis ikke.

Stilig bilde du serverer her Rune :) Ha en fin kveld.

Viola said...

Stilig bilde! :) Sol hos deg i dag da. Her har det snødd! Men nå skinner sola med all sin kraft igjen! Ha en fortsatt fin dag! :)

James said...

Well I see a flag pole and I'm not sure but the mirror looks like it might be mounted on some sort of utility pole. The blue sky looks great!

Paulie said...

Generally shorter ones like fence posts are called posts and taller ones like flag poles and telephone poles are poles. But when you have something posted on a pole it also becomes a post. Ü

Hood Photo Blog said...

Im gonna agree with Paulie on this one. Either way, good P photograph. Love the colors!

photowannabe said...

Well I guess everyone has said just about the same as I would have said. Great question and perfect poles or posts for the letter P.

Rajesh said...

Great shot.
Nice question, I am confused!

Sylvia K said...

Guess I agree with the others as well, I'm thinking poles, too! Definitely a fun question for the day! Hope you have a great week, Rune!

Sylvia

Paula Scott said...

Definitely poles. Posts are 'shorter' and serve more of a fence type of function.
What a great image!

Mike Simmons said...

Nice photo with the blue sky! I usually say "flag pole" and "fence post". So I guess the height and function might make a difference but it's an interesting question.

Anne said...

Noe så tøft Rune, og en refleksjon så spennede og annerledes, klokt kommet på.

Du undret om polariseringfilter ja, og må nok bare bekjenne at det sitter frempå linsa nå ja, kjøpte et til den nye vidvinkelen også. Synes nok resultatene blir mye bedre, uansett hvor bildene takes, den eneste gangen de ikke er i bruk hods meg er nok når en tar virkelige nærbilder, galt sikkert?? men... skitt au.

Anneklem en sen kveld.

Life with Kaishon said...

I didn't know there was any difference at all : ) Thanks for enlightening me!

Roger Owen Green said...

Pole, though the thing in the center looks like a ship's PORTHOLE

Tumblewords: said...

I'm not going to hazard a guess - I'm wrong very often! But I do love the photo and the 'shopped sky!

lynnwiles said...

I would call it a pole. I remember your other mirror photo or image within an image, very nice RuneE

Barbara Martin said...

I would think that poles are those used with pushing flat-bottomed boats in shallow water or telephone poles and posts can be relegated to fence posts. Also there could be other explanations. Until now I've not thought much about it.

ChrisJ said...

I'd have to agree with Gerald of Ackworth's definition. Couldn't have said it better myself. The blue sky and Norwegian flag look fantastic, Rune.

Vaggelis said...

fantastic colors

Reader Wil said...

You could also call them pole-posts or post-poles! Well I like the explanations of the American and British bloggers. So I have learned a new thing or two today!. BTW your English is not limited at all. It's excellent! Actually nobody's English is perfect. That is not possible with a language with 800,000 words. It's a mixture of Celtic, Latin, French and Viking( Norwegian) words. Dutch has 200,000 words and French too.

Thanks for your visit and kind comment too.

Ann said...

a flag pole is a pole.

a light/lamp pole is a pole.

What's take round thing? is it a refecting mirror for drivers to see round the corner? (which I never use?)

becky at abbeystyle said...

It's a pole posting a picture :) Your reversed signature on the reflection--a photo joke about mirror image? You are ever the witty one.

Jay said...

That's a pretty pole!

I think of posts as being made of wood. If we talk of a metal post here in England that's what we call it a 'metal post' to make it clear that it isn't wood.

And I think that posts are usually short, whereas poles can be as tall as you like!

Andy said...

Everyone knows there are only two poles in world and Santa Clause has his work shop at one of them. A post is is something we place on our blogs every Wednesday:)

Anna said...

Snyggt.
Jag tänkte också på "post" som både blogginlägg och stolpe, men hade inga bilder. Jag valde att hålla kursen inom mitt område smycketillverkning.
Vårhälsningar
Anna
http://annasadornments.blogspot.com/2010/05/p-as-in-pearls-abc-wednesday-round-6-p.html

PS.
Den föregåendes förklaring är ganska skojig tycker jag!

Malyss said...

Do you remember the Promenade Des Anglais? a wide place for pedestrians, then three roads in one direction, then a rank of palm trees, then three roads again to the opposite direction, and then , the houses..Yesterday, the sea reached the houses! that's the first time I see such a thing! the road was closed, of course, as well as the southern trail of the airport. And everywhere, pebbles, rocks, and other things from the sea. It was surprising and violent. Noone hurt, at least.
Thank you for caring, it's very kind !

Johnny Nutcase said...

what a neat composition, and those colors are so vibrant! love the deep blue sky!

*♥Shydub♥* said...

You took the picture very clear. nice one

Irene said...

Her var det mye som går til værs ... flotte farger, spesielt himmelen! Svar på spørsmålet har du allerede fått ser jeg :o)

Lew said...

Which ever word you use, it is a great shot for "P"!

Beverley Baird said...

Great photo for the week!

ArneA said...

Round 6 year 3.
An impressing continuation of a weekly meme.

Ken Mac said...

clear blue sky

Trotter said...

Hi Rune! Great Photoshop control... ;)

What about Ephesus? Blogtrotter Two has it... ;) Enjoy and have a great weekend!!

RennyBA said...

As a Norwegian, you know I'm not the one to guide you in this question - however; I do enjoy the wonderful photo!

Ken Mac said...

more!

Rebecca said...

I'm with James on the post pole question. Did you know English was so complicated!

I like the reflection you caught.

duncan said...

Yes, certainly a pole. Here in Adelaide, Australia, we have Stobie poles for electical wires etc. Named after Mr Stobie, who invented them, they are two long poles with concrete between them and about 30 feet high. They are very strong and aren't very friendly when they jump onto the road causing a car accident! Beautiful blue sky by the way.

Lara Neusiedler said...

wonderful post! the reflection is great!

katney said...

There is nothing limited about your English. Those of us for whom it is the native tongue are constantly finding nuances. And just look at the US and the UK--what is it that is said, two countries divided by a common language?

Anna said...

lol to Poles from Poland. Yeah you got it right, either way is right post or pole. What a contrasting image. Anna :)

Gallow said...

I would say poles. I think of posts as something smaller like a fence post.

Great photo. I really like the copyright symbol. :-)

Tom said...

I would say this was a pole.... poles tend to be longer that posts. One thing that came to mind about the differance between a post and a pole...... about £1 a foot.. ;o)

Tom

ArneA said...

Savnet din tradisjonelle syttende mai hilsen til folket, men flagget i P får bli akseptabelt.
Håper du har det bra i vårvarmen

Gärdsmygen said...

Vilken upplevelse! Vacker brudbukett!!
Vackert brudpar också och du att de hade Rune E i belysningen på skyskraporna