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Bridging the Eel River III - the stairway to work

Posted by
Stephen Phillips (San Francisco, United States) on 13 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.

For the workers on the north and south ends of the bridge - getting to work is no problem. They simply park their cars and trucks and walk onto the span. But for those assigned to the center section, the only access is this stairway. Now here is a morning workout to start the day. [series: four of four]

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Observing from West Cheshire, United Kingdom

What a scary ladder to climb, mind you I have done such things during my career. Great shot that has a lovely compressed look in the focal range giving the appearance the trees are next to the bridge. Very Cool Stephen.

13 Nov 2008 5:26am

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Very good shot, the wide image lets us to see the height of this work.

13 Nov 2008 5:29am

bluechameleon from Vancouver, Canada

Great documentary photo and series. It's really amazing, the height and of course the construction. Cool photo.

13 Nov 2008 5:51am

Zygene from morlaix, France

Une sympathique photo repartage sur la construction de ce pont.

13 Nov 2008 6:51am

Betty from New Jersey, United States

Excellent! That is quite a number of steps to start your day! Very well done!

13 Nov 2008 10:20am

Alun Lambert from cheshire, United Kingdom

good shot, a lot of steps to get to work ;)

13 Nov 2008 10:45am

Viewfinder from Bradenton, United States

Interesting angle.

13 Nov 2008 1:37pm

Marcie from United States

Can't imagine climbing up there. From your looks miles high. Nice!

13 Nov 2008 1:39pm

hugo poon from hong kong, Hong Kong

What a terrific job! My salute to all the workers and to you Stephen!

13 Nov 2008 1:50pm

yz from Budapest, Hungary

Ups, a hard way to start working :) Cool perspective.

13 Nov 2008 2:24pm

gbe from kansas city, United States

the song "take this job and shove it..." start playing in my head! fantastic photo!

13 Nov 2008 3:59pm

Lorraine from Gatineau, Canada

Lovely series here Stephen :)

13 Nov 2008 4:10pm

willow from Chelsea, United States

Great series, Stephen. This is my favorite image because it really gives a sense of the size of the project. Glad I'm not facing that climb every day!

13 Nov 2008 4:16pm

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

The "T" world. I like this vertical shot : it makes a nice composition.

13 Nov 2008 5:10pm

Jeff from Pembroke Dock, United Kingdom

Whats MCM stand for ..Must Climb More, possibly. Hell of a place for a heart attack though...Great shot Stephen...Brings new meaning to depth of field.

13 Nov 2008 7:22pm

@Jeff: Perfect interpretation of the anagram...

MontereyJohn from Salinas, California, United States

Yikes! "Not for Acrophobes!"

14 Nov 2008 12:10am

JJ from Jersey City, United States

another superb capture in this series, the ladder and people in shot really highlight the height of this support, would had to have to use the stairs to get to the top

14 Nov 2008 2:18am

John Maslowski from Dallas, PA, United States

Stunning view and composition Stephen. Impressive framing and the title is so very appropriate. Excellent capture.

14 Nov 2008 2:48am

Walter from Watkinsville, United States

Nice "close", literally, to this fun series of the bridge. Please revisit sometime when all the workers are gone and the bridge begins to blend in with the surrounding forest. Can't wait to see what adventure is next.

14 Nov 2008 3:32am

Anthony Lambert from Bielefeld, Germany

A long way up !!

14 Nov 2008 7:39am

Francesc B. from région parisienne, France

Impressive shot.... a verig high and big bridge.

14 Nov 2008 9:14pm

Magda from Vancouver, Canada

Wow! I have fear of height - not for me! :) Great shot though!

17 Nov 2008 6:13am

dj.tigersprout from San Bruno, CA, United States

wow!! i have thigh cramps just thinking about those steps! yowee!!! a faaabulous shot -- amazingly captured -- perfect presentation too! bravo!!

19 Nov 2008 5:05am

@dj.tigersprout: Thanks, DJ - the bridge is complete now - I'm heading back there next week and wondering if it might be open. How are things with you?