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The Benicia Bridges

Posted by
Stephen Phillips (San Francisco, United States) on 25 February 2011 in Business & Industry and Portfolio.

Looking south towards Contra Costa County and Mount Diablo.

Once while returning from Sacramento - the Amtrak train I was on came to a stop on this railroad drawbridge, allowing a tanker that had departed the Exxon refinery passage before us. This took awhile. The Amtrak cars are double decker types and I'll never forget the experience. Looking out of the train windows the waters churning through the Carquinez Straits seemed a long way down. This immediately went high on my list of places I'd rather not be in the event of an earthquake.

A short history of these bridges and a map are here:

http://www.pbase.com/joyoflight/image/132761779/original

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Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Wow, what a deep image! I like very much the POW and the colors!

25 Feb 2011 8:15am

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Excellent composition, great depth and perspective to it.

25 Feb 2011 10:04am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

A wonderful sense of involvement in this . . those lines sweeping out to the horizon.

25 Feb 2011 3:49pm

David from Detroit, United States

The line of the track sweeping across the water is very cool.

25 Feb 2011 6:24pm

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

I like the perspective

25 Feb 2011 7:48pm

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

This is a fantastic perspective and composition, Stephen! Sorry to be so late and so short - really trying to get well again...I hope you see snow tomorrow but not enough to endanger!

26 Feb 2011 12:30am

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States

Fantastic perspective with the twin bridges and tracks seeming to go off into infinity. Also love included the grasses in the foreground.

26 Feb 2011 1:23am

yz from Budapest, Hungary

breathtaking perspective

26 Feb 2011 11:33am

Bill Brown from California, United States

Fantastic capture Stephen! I driven over these bridges many times but this view from the railroad tracks is totally different.

27 Feb 2011 12:14am

@Bill Brown: Bill - this was taken from one of the oddest little public parks I have ever seen. It is brand new. An observation point for the Mothball Fleet. You access it off of Park Road in Benicia.