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Bridging the Eel River II

Posted by
Stephen Phillips (San Francisco, United States) on 12 November 2008 in Miscellaneous and Portfolio.

The old 'Redwood Highway' twisted along the granite faces above the Eel River - through north coastal California. The road is now almost completely high-speed four lane blacktop. This bridge will replace one of the few remaining 'old' sections.

This is the main gap of the new bridge - above the Eel River.

We are at the end of the dry season - hence the low level of the river. Still, the scale is deceiving as it is about twenty feet ( 6 meters) deep at that far bend. During the winter months - this river rises - sometimes dangerously. In 1964 - The Eel and Klamath Rivers produced horrific floods - eliminating whole towns from the face of the earth. [series: three of four]

[notebook]: I was at this bridge at 2 PM yesterday (in the rain of course). It is now a complete span. It was the holiday and I could have walked across it if I'd wanted to - not a soul was to be seen. The rain and mud removed any thoughts of a walk. I'm back in Arcata, about 30 km above Loleta. I got some nifty shots of the old highway on the way up from San Francisco and hope to post a few of them in a week or two. The forecast for Thursday is for warm sunshine. We shall see...

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Alun Lambert from cheshire, United Kingdom

great shot, makes you think how its staying up there

12 Nov 2008 6:29am

@Alun Lambert: lots and lots of re-bar!

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Wow, this is really impressive. I like the wide wiew that lets us to see the heigth of the bridge.

12 Nov 2008 6:38am

Observing from West Cheshire, United Kingdom

Looking at this astonishing scene makes one realise the abilities of man and what a beautiful place the bridge is spanning, great depth in this shot.

12 Nov 2008 7:46am

BoB from Italy

great work in progress shot, beautiful contest

12 Nov 2008 8:43am

Vink from Grasse - French riviera, France

Original ! well done !

12 Nov 2008 10:29am

Betty from New Jersey, United States

Makes me think... how did they fill the gap? Amazing photo, well done!

12 Nov 2008 10:51am

Francesc B. from région parisienne, France

Great view... impressive.

12 Nov 2008 12:22pm

hugo poon from hong kong, Hong Kong

Wow, Stephen, what a breathtaking sight! So wonderfully captured!!!

12 Nov 2008 12:54pm

Marcie from United States

The gap seems much too large to bridge...amazing. Wonderful viewpoint.

12 Nov 2008 1:14pm

yz from Budapest, Hungary

That's even better than yesterday's shot. You managed to show the huge depth under the bridge.

12 Nov 2008 1:16pm

@yz: ...yesterday's post was a 'set-up' for today's. The thought of working at this height takes my breath.

Jeff from Pembroke Dock, United Kingdom

Have they got to climb down the rope to go for tea break?..An awesome and breathtaking view Stephen,thanks for sharing it.

12 Nov 2008 3:12pm

@Jeff: ...good morning from a very rainy Arcata, California. Your answer appears here tomorrow. Thanks for the comment.

Lorraine from Gatineau, Canada

Even better than yesterday's yes please I'll take the blanket another 5 starst for you Stephen :)

12 Nov 2008 3:45pm

@Lorraine: Thanks. I share the impact of this. The thought of this work makes me dizzy with fear.

sherri from Little Rock, Arkansas, United States

Oh, my....that can't be good. Incredible capture.

12 Nov 2008 7:13pm

Catalin from Bucharest, Romania

Aspiring project, another man madework of art, just like your shot

12 Nov 2008 7:55pm

gbe from kansas city, United States

scares me just to look. great shot!

12 Nov 2008 8:03pm

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

Impressive framing for this bridge.

12 Nov 2008 9:43pm

dj.tigersprout from San Bruno, CA, United States

wow -- quite the quintessential shot here Stephen!! a beautiful view to the work above and the chasm it spans below! wonderfully done! not much left to go here -- i wonder if anyone has 'jumped' the gap? it must have crossed someone's mind!! ;)

13 Nov 2008 12:43am

Walter from Watkinsville, United States

While I sit a reflect on this scene I am reminded of ancient Rome and am left wondering how in the world did they do it without modern equipment, rebar, high strength concrete, etc? To think that they relied on one central component to lock everything together - the keystone. This photo captures a seemingly impossible feat of gravity. Thanks for the explanation, for I can see the power from the river in the past.

13 Nov 2008 1:54am

@Walter: Amazing ingenuity - then and now. It just seems that over 2000 years of human exploration and invention have simply set the stage for what has unfolded within our lifetime. I don't judge this as good or bad - but surely we have had enormous challenges in absorbing these changes in terms of human consciousness.

And the river flows on...

JJ from Jersey City, United States

wow this perspective really shows the height of the bridge, such beautiful scenery behind the bridge also beautiful and interesting capture

13 Nov 2008 2:51am

One from Açores, Portugal

Very nice composition. A beautiful document very instructive.

13 Nov 2008 3:24am