I do not know how old the bridge is but has been around many years--as a teen remember the area well, and the river used to be a place my dad would fish (dad has been dead 27yrs). The bridge was not really for the 'public' but do remember being on it..Am not sure just when the sign was posted and no one able to get on the bridge now.
Bridge 1 , picture was taken a couple of days ago after a very much needed rain (as you can tell the water is very muddy looking)
Have a great day!
Summer Vacation - Day 5A
Shortly after leaving the Quinalt Rain Forest, we came across the thriving metropolis of Humptulips and the Humptulips River. This certainly sounds bizarre, but we had witnessed lots of pretty bizarre things in Washington, so we decided to say, "Hey, to each his own. Whatever," and move on. This being a bridge, though, it qualifies for the challenge.
We reached the Columbia River and crossed over it on the Astoria-Megler bridge from Washington on the right back into Oregon on the left. Astoria is a photogenic little town and home of the Goonies. It's also where Lewis and Clark reached the Pacific Ocean with that indian girl whose name won't be mentioned here because I have no clue how to spell Sackajaweighyah. See?
The Astoria Column sits on a hill overlooking Astoria, the Columbia River, the Pacific Ocean, Washington and pretty much eveything else. It has historic stuff on it. We witnessed a girl nearly killing her boyfriend here. She came jogging into the little park from the very steep road up from the town, hardly sweating and looking great. A minute behind her came her boyfriend, sweating buckets, panting like a hot Saint Bernard and staggering across the grass toward her. "Holy crap, I'm gonna freakin' die of a heart attack," he groaned as he collapsed to his knees. "Come on, we're not done yet," his girlfriend said cheerfully, "Up to the top of the column and then you can rest." And she took off up the spiral stairs inside. "Bite me," he muttered under his breath as flopped on his face. I instinctively liked this fellow.
And then we looked around and June was gone. My sister-in-law looked up and said, "Maybe she climbed the tower." June is terrified of heights. "No," I said, "that's the last place she'd be." But guess where she was.
Astoria is also the home of the Flavel House, one of the finest examples of Victorian architecture I've ever seen. I think even Victoria would like it.
After searching all over town for the Goonies house, because someone whose name rhymes with June is a big Goonies fan, and finding a house with a sign saying, "This is not the Goonies house, but here's a map to it," we finally found it and were so excited that we didn't even notice the unusual double moonrise.
Then we enjoyed a nice sunset from the harbor.
Bridge At Rainbow Falls
The beauty of Watkings Glen State Park is unbelievable, when you are in the gorge it's like being out west in a National Park.
Brushy Creek Railroad
Interesting bridge found over Brushy Creek in Cedar Park. The bridge is probably only around 10 years old or so but the tracks have been running through there for at least 100 years. This was the path that they shipped granite to build the Texas State Capitol Building. At some point some of the large stones were lost and you can see them still just off the creek bed on the far side. Rumor is that this occurred during a heist but I'm skeptical.
Not a big bridge picture taker. Here's what I found, and most are from PA. Born but not raised in Harrisburg. Took these pics during a business trip.
walking This used to be a railroad bridge over the Susquehanna but is now a footbridge from City Island? to downtown Harrisburg.
night Two views of these series of bridges taken on my way into Harrisburg for dinner and on my way out. Taken from the the first bridge.
Wifey and I like to poke around the almost infinite Maine coastline. This draw bridge is in a sweet little cove in Maine. misty
Finally, a view of SF through the cables of the most famous bridge in the world. This was taken from the old fort on the Marin Headlands while "shopping" colleges with my daughter a couple of years ago. GG
Our favorite picnic spot
as i mentioned yesterday, we went to the salado creek for an afternoon of picnicing and swimming.
we had an absolutely perfect day.
i've got just one photo to share today. there will be more in a later post.
a stark contrast to just a few months ago when the creek flooded and the water level was just under the bottom of the taller highway 35 bridge...more than 15 feet deep where he's standing. the slanted one was completely submerged and the asphalt was ripped off and is still in the creek about a mile downstream from there.
so, such problems yesterday, just cold clear fresh water!
Summer Vacation - Day 2 (more)
Bidding a fond farewell to Latourell Falls, we continued down the road toward our objective for the day and came across this bubbly brook below Wahkeena Falls. I wish I could replay the sound of it to go with the picture for you. Hmmm... Okay, got it. Look at the picture and have someone else yell, "Babblebabblebabblebabblebabble..." really loud in your ear. That should do it.
And then just down the street we arrived at the day's objective - Multnomah Falls. It was so impressive that I even bought a T-shirt with almost this exact picture on it.
So then I figured, this thing has been shot by thousands of folks (hell, there were a couple of hundred who shot it just while we were there), and they all have pretty much this same shot. I started looking for different shots in an attempt to get creative a bit. Anyway, I came up with these:
Multnomah-Lower, which also features a bridge for the challenge. I moved to the side and took the upper part out, but left the spray and mist from it.
Multnomah-YellowJacket. I found this spot up on the steps to the bridge, positioned the camera where I wanted it for the tree and light and then waited for someone interesting to come up the steps and complete the picture. This guy in a yellow raincoat showed up after about half-a-minute. I yelled, "Freeze!" Amazingly enough, he did just that and I took the shot. I showed him the shot and he liked it. That, BTW, is also why the lady in the white jacket down below turned around. I was tempted to tell her to turn back around and not be nosy, but I decided to let her stay. ;-)
Multnomah-Steps. I moved back down the steps leading up to the falls viewing area, included a couple of lights and the curve of the steps and railings and got this one.
Then I figured, what I need is a really dark shot that echoes the dark day but shows the eerie light in the rain, because it was coming down pretty good by now, something with an old feel to it, and spooky. So I shot this with a 4-stop ND filter and then converted it to BW in PS and added some vignetting.Multnomah-BW.
We went a little farther down the gorge and I got a shot of this meadow near the Bonneville Dam, something a little cheerier to offset the gloomies. ;-)
I thought I would go through my collection and find some bridges that I like from around the world.
The first is of a walking bridge over a stream on the Northville Placid Trail in the Adirondack Mts. Trail Bridge
My vacation wasn't a total disaster...
the weather cleared enough saturday night for us to take in the ingleside naval air station's 4th of july festival, but, barely. ( and by weather...i mean hurricane alex!!!!)* see my forum post for more details.
i tried to get mojo to do a two step with me, but, he wasn't having it.
we watched the fireworks show on the front row right at the waters' edge. i was able to get a few of the obligiatory fireworks shots. none were as clear as i would have liked due to the low ceiling and the blustery salt spray filled air.
anyway, i thought i'd include them here for the challenge.
more on the ships in a later post.
ttfn, i've got to take mojo and number five swimmin'.
Summer Vacation - Day 2
All in all, we certainly can't complain a bit about the weather. We went to one of the rainiest spots in the country, the Pacific Northwest, for 2 weeks and this is the only day we got rained on. Even then, it wasn't so much rain as low slung clouds oozing a continuous drizzle that made everything wet. As it turns out, though, this is lovely weather for shooting waterfalls, my object for the day. The location - Columbia River Gorge, south bank, scenic highway.
The scenic overlooks on the early part of the scenic highway provided excellent views of clouds up close and personal, but not much in the way of scenic. Picture an 18% gray card - everywhere.
But then we came to this bridge, and being a bridge it qualifies for the challenge. I love bridges. There was even a small collection of water on the ground, like a miniature lake, but I didn't see any miniature boaters.
And then we came to Latourell Falls. It was not my object for the day. In fact, I had never heard of it. But I figured it would be fun to play with my new set of neutral density filters to see what I could do.
This is my first shot at it. I liked it, especially the fog up on top, but I wanted to smoke the water a little with a longer exposure, so I went a bit longer on the time and tighter on the diaphragm to compensate and got my second shot. I noticed, though, that I was losing some of the detail up on top, so I decided to go back to the original setting and pop a 2-stop ND filter on there and got my third shot. I liked that a lot more, but I still wanted that smoky effect on the water, so I went longer on the shutter and tighter on the diaphragm until I got what I wanted, but with the ND still on there. The result is my fourth shot. I love this one, but it may be a bit dark for others. Anyway, your opinions are welcome. Help! ;-)