Across the Gorge

A view of the suspension bridge that crosses Tallulah Gorge from the North to the South rim.  This structure hangs 80 feet above the floor of the gorge and gives you a great view up and down the valley.  It is definitely one of those bridges that will sway when people cross it.  If you walk alone over the span it’s easy to control the swinging but when others are passing by, it can quickly get into seasickness territory.

For our visit last weekend, this was the end-point of our descent.  After stopping here, we crossed to the South side and then walked back up the stairs.  The climb was not what I would call easy but it was certainly worth it!  I would love to go back and get a pass to go down to the floor but that’s something we would want to plan as a whole day trip.

I’m sure there are lots of great photo opportunities to view the gorge from the bottom up and to get in close to the falls.  Need to put this on my calendar for when the weather cools off a bit.

Tallulah Gorge State Park
Tallulah Falls, Georgia, USA

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
16mm @ f/11 – 1/60 sec – ISO 200

Medici Lion of St Augustine

One of the most famous landmarks in St Augustine, Florida is the Bridge of Lions which connects downtown to Anastasia Island where we stayed on our visit.  The bridge spans the Intercoastal Waterway and  Matanzas Bay and is part of the A-1-A highway along Florida’s east coast.

Known as “The Most Beautiful Bridge in Dixie”, the structure was completed in 1927.  The marble lions, a copy of the ancient design which graced the Villa de Medici in Rome, were gifts of  Dr. Andrew Anderson (1839–1924), the builder of the Markland House, who spent the last decade of his life putting works of art in public places in the Ancient City.

The Bridge of Lions – St Augustine, Florida
Nikon D7100
Tamron 16-300 Di II VC PZD Macro
70mm @ f8 –  1/800 sec – ISO 200

Hiding under a Bridge

Why do we both fear and crave dark, closed off spaces?

What is it about the underside of bridges that can both draw you in and scare you away?  There is shade from the sun but also dark shadows which could hide unknown dangers.  You can look out at the world passing by and somehow be shielded from it.

When you seek out a cool, protected spot to relax and enjoy the day, are you hiding?  The fairy stories of old spoke of Trolls hiding under bridges waiting for unsuspecting people to pass by so that they could jump out and attack them.  Why is it that we both fear and desire the cave-like environment that is present here?  Maybe it is the unknown that we feel both frightened and thrilled by.  But, how can we ever know anything new if we don’t risk the unknown?

It seems that the feelings we get from a place are mostly in our heads.  Where ever we go, we bring our emotions with us.  If we are cowardly hiding from the world a spot under the bridge is a cave that shuts others out.  If we are bravely seeking adventure, it is a mysterious land to be explored.  Or if you are like me, it is simply a break from the heat and a place to stop and watch the world float by on a lazy Saturday morning.  The place does not create our emotions, we project what is in our minds onto what we see.  So you decide if you will be the coward, the hero or the happy wanderer.

Daily Prompt: Cowardice

Under the Bridge
Along the Chattahoochee River
near Roswell Riverside Park
Roswell, Georgia, USA

Nikon D7000
Tamron 16-300 Di II VC PZD Macro

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