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Friday, November 13, 2009

Beauty in an old bridge

Art Deco Design on Old Young's Bay Bridge, Oregon I took this photo yesterday evening on the far side of the old Young's Bay Bridge. For those not familiar with Astoria, this bridge is on the opposite site of the Astoria hill from downtown, where I seem to take most of my photos. The water in the background is Young's Bay, and the hint of a bridge on the horizon to the right is the new bridge, just called "Young's Bay Bridge." It's a bit wider and gets most of the traffic now, because it carries Highway 30, which is the only route through Astoria from the east on this side of the river (it's much faster than the route on the other side of the river), and it turns carries traffic down the coast. For locals, it also connects Astoria to Warrenton, Hammond, Seaside, Gearhart, etc., all on the Oregon side of the Columbia.

The water of Young's Bay merges with the Columbia River at the new bridge. The scene of Lewis and Clark's wet winter here and their canoe landing are buried in the apparently-thin line of trees on the horizon on the left. The ocean is a number of miles beyond what you see here. The tall and scenic Astoria-Megler bridge, most often associated with this town, is invisible to the right and behind the Astoria hill.

Note: It's not just the size of the bridge that affects its use, but the landing point. It's a long detour (though interesting) to get from the landing point of one bridge to the landing point of the other on the west and south sides of Young's Bay. Most of the places to shop are where the new bridge lands, too.

. Happy Skywatch Friday

10 comments:

Gaelyn said...

I love these old art deco bridges along the PNW coast. You've captured this marvelously with the colors in the sky reflected in the water and repeated in the bridge and land.

I suppose a new wider bridge makes life easier. Sure hope they never tear down the old bridge.

Jacob said...

One of your best shots! It's the light; always the light. Well, the colors help, too. Fantastic!

eileeninmd said...

Great sky photo and I love the old bridges, this one has nice style to it. Happy Skywatching.

DoanLegacy said...

That's beautiful!

Lee Spangler said...

An excellent photo. Once again your detail tells the whole story. Also the pillar against the sky is just right.

Unseen Rajasthan said...

This is a fantastic shot !! Great work and composition !!

eden said...

great shot. i love the compposition.

have a great weekend

Don and Krise said...

I too, like the art deco design of the bridge and pillar,and the angle at which you took this shot is perfect.

Vogon Poet said...

Our sister cities are posting bridges together! Very different bridges though. Love the light and the clouds of yours.

cieldequimper said...

Ah, Lewis and Clark! ;-) This is beautiful, it looks very much like 1920s/1930s architecture to me.

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