Time to close out this year’s posts. With only the remaining year end summary left, this post essentially puts the finishing touches on the 2010 blog entries. As with Part I of this Phoadtography Gallery this set comes with a healthy dose of photos as well. The good news is this closes out all the road shots from the Maine trip allowing me to start fresh with the new year. Unfortunately, I was unable to get through all the Maine photos (off the road) and now even farther behind with the recent Vegas/Mt Zion trip we took a month ago. Oh well, plenty in the hopper for 2011 (should I choose to continue this activity for next year). Time’s a wasting, let’s get to the shots.
This should not be a surprise, but I have an affinity towards bridges. The exact reason is difficult to tell since it is difficult to pin down exactly when I started admiring these structures. Having built one now, this appreciation has definitely increased. If pressed, I’d have to say that the fusion of artistic characteristics and functional purpose entwined in physics and math is the compelling factor. This might be similar to some people’s fascination with sundials seeing how ornate and complex those functional timepieces can be. This particular bridge has all of the classic features of bridge with its arches, triangles (notice the vertical beams are not straight up and down) and the cross hatch underneath to keep it rigid. With the height of this beast, there are probably large ships traversing this waterway.
This particular bridge still confuses me in the sense I am unable to figure out the functional component. It appears to go absolutely nowhere and the railing on the end suggests there was no plan for it to go anywhere. The metal structure towards the middle of the bridge is interesting as well. First thought was it rotated in some manner and connected up to another span allowing for easy traversal of the waterway. This sounds good in theory, but there did not seem to be a pivot point or any span to hook up to. It is a mystery and if anyone is near 194.75 and knows anything about this, please leave a comment.
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