Photo Challenge – Lens-Artists: Look Up

This week Patty has asked us to “look up” because the best image isn’t always at eye level.

Several years ago, my daughter and I decided to walk the Arthur Ravenel bridge that connects Charleston and Mt. Pleasant.  It was built and opened in 2005 replacing the Grace Memorial and Silas Pearman Bridge. 

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The Grace Memorial bridge was built in 1929 and handled both northbound and southbound traffic.   By the 1960s, the population and traffic had increased substantially and another bridge was needed.  The Silas Pearman Bridge was built in 1966 and it handled northbound traffic.  All southbound traffic used the Grace Memorial Bridge.  These older bridges were extremely narrow and in some places, it felt like you were on a roller coaster.  Luckily I did not start driving until the early 70s so I missed out on the opportunity to drive the Grace Memorial bridge when it handled both north and southbound traffic.  I’ve heard stories that policemen were stationed on each side of the bridge to drive across those that were too scared to drive it themselves.

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The bridge is about 2 1/2 miles across.  My daughter and I walked to the first span which is a little over one mile and we spend some time on the observation deck taking pictures and enjoying the view.   

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I’ve walked it one other time at dusk and the view of the sunset was absolutely stunning.  I’d love to walk it again but I’m not sure if I’d make it.  These legs prefer walks on even surfaces these days.

Under the Ravenell Bridge

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Here’s to 2018!

So 2017 was a ” challenging” year (to put it nicely) and I have to admit, I’ll glad to see it over.  Looking back, there were two constants over the last year that helped me keep things in prospective.  

One, of course, is family.  I have logged countless miles on the road this year and have loved every minute of it.  The drive allows time to reflect and I can sing along to the radio without fear of being overheard.  (No, I can’t carry a tune.)  And there is also the anticipation of seeing those faces with eyes lit up and mouths smiling at you at the end of each trip.

The second constant is my camera.  It goes everywhere with me and while I end up deleting more photos than I keep, I so enjoy seeing an image in my mind becoming reality through my view finder and ultimately in print or on the web.  And while I have so much still to learn, I am also very proud seeing how my skills have grown over the past year.  

To end the year, we spent the Christmas holidays traveling to three states (Tennessee, South Carolina and Florida) to visit family and I took countless photos – including from a moving car!  

For this first post of 2018, I’d like to start with a symbolic capture of the Arthur Ravenel Jr Bridge which was final leg of our trip home.  It’s the final hurdle of 2017 and the road to 2018 is clear and open.

Crossing Ravenel Bridge

 

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Photo Challenge – Bridges

This week we are asked to capture any type or style of bridge.

Under the Ravenell Bridge

I live an hour north of Charleston but travel there at least once a month.  The Arthur Ravenell Jr bridge connecting Charleston and Mt. Pleasant fascinates me and I often stop for pictures.  You can see the bridge from downtown Charleston and there’s a park underneath the bridge on the Mt. Pleasant side.  I’ve also walked a portion of it twice.

You can see previous posts of the bridge from these links:

Photo Challenge – Weight(less)

A Sunday Walk

All Lined Up

The Bridge at Dusk

Just a Little Stroll

Photo Challenge – Look Up

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All Lined Up

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View of the USS Yorktown from below the Arthur Ravenell Jr Bridge

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Charleston Harbor

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Park Benches

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The Bridge at Dusk

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I walked part of the Arthur Ravenell Jr Bridge the other day with two of my daughters but this time at dusk.  I walked it once before with one of my daughters and you can see that post here

It was extremely windy so we didn’t stay as long as I would have liked but I still got lots of fantastic shots.  Watching the sun set and seeing the lights on the bridge start to come on was beautiful and getting to spend time with my daughters – well, it was an awesome day!

I’ve posted pictures of the bridge twice before in Photo Challenges.  They are here and here.

USS Yorktown

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USS Yorktown – Photo taken from Arthur Ravenell Jr Bridge

The USS Yorktown was commissioned in 1943 and decommissioned in 1970.  In 1975, she became a museum ship at Patriot’s Point in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina.  The USS Yorktown is a national historic landmark. 

 

Photo Challenge – Look Up

This week is all about taking a moment to check out what’s going on above you.

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These photos are from a recent walk with my daughter on the Arthur Ravenell Jr Bridge.  We were at an observation deck on the first span of the bridge and looking up, I had a sudden thought as to how insignificant we are in the greater scheme of life.  

 These links are from previous posts on the bridge- Just a Little Stroll and Photo Challenge – Weight(less)

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