Travel Theme: Bridges

Sometimes I experience new things in life simply by being in the right place at the right time.  In fall of 2011, a new bridge was put in for easier access to Brown’s Island in downtown Richmond (Virginia).  I wrote about it here and posted a few pictures from that day.

Ailsa, over at Where’s My Backpack, has bridges as her travel theme for this week.  I went back through my photos and thought it would make a nice gallery to see what went into placing the bridge in place that day and finishing it off.

I use that bridge quite a bit.  As my knees have gotten worse, it’s easier to not do steps on the way back in after my lunchtime walk.  It sways quite a bit, so I have to be careful trying to take pictures from it.

Here’s the other bridge over to Brown’s Island.  To see how it looks when you are on it and looking up, go here to the second photo.

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My employer and other employers around Brown’s Island contributed to the cost of this new bridge.  It was put in to assist with access on and off the island, especially when there’s a lot of people for a concert or other event.  There is a handicap access at the far end, but it wasn’t convenient enough.

So here’s the bridge as it swings up from the street, rotates, and then settles back down.  Towards the end are shots from the other side that I took later that same day.  To see it larger, double click on the first picture and start it up in a slide show instead.

More recently, when I took my walk, I noticed the reflection of the bridge into the water.  For whatever reason, it’s not noticeable on a bright and sunny day.  But on an overcast day like this, it was quite interesting.

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20 Comments Leave a comment

    • Thanks Melissa – I’m glad you enjoyed it. And you’re welcome. I’m glad you find my comments meaningful. I enjoy reading your blog. Even with all the pain, stories like the tribute at the basketball game, are good to read and appreciate.

    • I notice so much more when I have my camera with me. I’m constantly scanning to see what might make a good picture. Otherwise, I’d probably not notice half of what is around me. Which is too bad, but I can tell a big difference when I’m in photo mode versus when I’m “just there”.

      Thanks (as always) for stopping by and leaving a comment!

    • Thanks Paige! I was still shooting jpg when I took those, but Lightroom still made them much better. I didn’t even have my regular lens that day. Just being there was the biggest advantage I had.

  1. How wonderful to have captured a whole process. A good friend has something similar hanging in her bathroom, black and white shots of the Forth Rail Bridge being built. I can look at it for hours…..but then I get funny looks when I emerge :-)

  2. Fascinating – love watching things being built – always amazing to see the final outcome. The reflection pic at the end was very pretty. Nice to see where you spend some of your time and know that you have such a lovely place to walk. Hope all is well and that you aren’t working too too hard – give my favorite beagle a hearty pat from me! K

    • The beagle says thank you! We’re working more normal hours for now – that may change shortly due to some unrealistic time frames for completing the returns. But for now, we’re all leaving on time.

      Thanks for stopping by and leaving a note!

  3. We love it when we arrive in time to watch watch such events; Jaimie could watch for hours! Your photos certainly made the experience come alive for us. :) Thanks for sharing; we must have missed them in 2011.

    • If I hadn’t been at my desk when my friend came over from the other side, I’d have missed it completely. I was so glad I caught it AND had my camera at my desk with me.

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