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Life at Bixby Bridge

Posted by
Stephen Phillips (San Francisco, United States) on 17 November 2009 in Lifestyle & Culture and Portfolio.

I was fascinated by this assembly of items at the base of Bixby Creek Road. Most of the folks in the cars that roar past this spot - and even those who stop to take a photo or two of this graceful bridge - probably fail to notice this island of support to those who live in the dozen or so homes up this dirt road.

The mail boxes. The lone power pole holding the only lines that send power up the canyon. That sign reads: "IMPASSABLE IN WET WEATHER" - a clue to how isolated this place can become. And then there's that strange looking pipe configuration at the left - which is - a mail box - perhaps the finest I've ever seen!

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Scott F. Schilling from San Martin, United States

An awesome mix of technology and advancement along a very rugged stretch of coastline! The real question is do they have DSL on those lines?? A great capture with a ton of visual interest!!

17 Nov 2009 5:52am

@Scott F. Schilling: Thanks, Scott - I was again looking at that fine, fine sunrise image you took overlooking Emerald Bay. That is a most memorable photograph.

Mirko Herzner from Mühlheim am Main, Germany

Truly a stunning collection of little things so important to people living here. Thanks for sharing the details, Stephen.

17 Nov 2009 6:05am

Liang from San Francisco, United States

that is very rare to see! wow... never seen mailboxes that near the edge of the road. beautiful capture and nice wide angle stephen.

17 Nov 2009 6:31am

Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

very well spotted, very interesting

17 Nov 2009 6:35am

k@ from Paris, France

I like a lot the tones & light, have a surreal feeling, great curve too
(beware, Stephen, you did a mistake answering Scott you actually just put a comment to yourself and he won't get it ;)

17 Nov 2009 11:43am

@k@: Thanks, Karine - you are correct m'dear - I really need to not post at the end of a long day when I'm tired.

Antoine from BOURGES, France

Superb. Beautiful capture. Have a good day. Antoine.

17 Nov 2009 1:49pm

Jeff from Pembroke Dock, Wales., United Kingdom

Now this really is the ass end of nowhere,fine bit of picture taking though. ;>)

17 Nov 2009 3:30pm

Pepe Cabrera from Cuidad de Antipolo, Philippines

Great shot!

17 Nov 2009 7:14pm

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

These mailboxes are very interesting

17 Nov 2009 8:56pm

Susan from Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States

Ok, this is how your brain works in mysterious first glance, with the water in the background, the shape of the guardrail, and the power pole, and the pole in the front....My brain told me "Boat" !!! and even after reading your description, which, by the way, is quite informative.....I still look at it, and see a boat of sorts..........Great shot Stephen, I'm just surprised that no one has mentioned the "boat" is see in the image yet!!!

18 Nov 2009 12:03am

@Susan: I couldn't help but muse what a scary sight it would be - driving along the Coast Highway at night - and having a ship passing alongside - in the northbound lane, opposite the ocean. Now, that would get your attention!

John Maslowski from Dallas, PA, United States

Fascinating capture Stephen, definitely a curious scene, one like I've never seen before. Looks like a beautiful place, lovely background landscape. Excellent shot, quite unique and interesting.

18 Nov 2009 2:38am

Shoebox from Orlando, Florida, United States

This is a great image with a good narrative. I get a sense of the isolation.

19 Nov 2009 4:06am