Golden bridge

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The sun sets on Francis Scott Key Bridge, more familiarly known simply as Key Bridge and named for the author of the American national anthem. The bridge was built between 1917 and 1923 and takes traffic over the Potomac River between the District of Columbia and Rosslyn, Virginia.

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9 Responses to Golden bridge

  1. edwin s says:

    yup, golden and serene. bridges for me are symbolic of the relationships that should be built between nations and peoples. so many being torn down. here in Malaysia, our relationship with Singapore is love/hate and there is a bridge issue happening right now. Literally. No one taking the blame for an unfinished bridge linking our countries. Just the tip of the iceberg.

  2. ~tanty~ says:

    Oh, beautiful bridge. I love to see the shadow of the bridge in the water. Great shot!

  3. Marie McC says:

    Wow, I had no idea the Key Bridge was this color! Too bad they didn’t paint the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco this color. Everyone is always disappointed because it’s orange.

    Nice shot! Must have been hard to keep the camera above water and dog paddle at the same time. 🙂

  4. Elisabeth says:

    I especially like the reflection of the bridge on the water – it makes for a very rich blend of colors.

    BTW, send me your suggestions for readings on Zen Buddhism! Thanks!

  5. alice says:

    I’ve always liked to cross rivers on bridges, don’t know exactly why…an other point of view, from higher. The shot of this one is particularly well executed!

  6. Passante says:

    Edwin — It’s always sad to hear of animosity between countries. I have visited both Malaysia and Singapore (many years ago) and loved both countries and their peoples.

    Tanty — Thank you. I think the reflections make it look as if the water is on fire!

    Marie — The color is, of course, more saturated than in reality (though it was beautiful in reality too). It was taken on daylight film, which is balanced for the temperature of the light between about 10:30 AM and 2:30 PM. The further away from the “ideal” hours you get, the more pronounced the color shift becomes. It can be corrected with a filter on the lens, but I deliberately didn’t do that because I wanted the exaggerated effect.

    Elisabeth — I will do, later today since I am not in the office on Fridays (oh joy!).

    Alice — If you visit London, I recommend that you walk across the Millennium Bridge, which crosses the Thames between St. Paul’s Cathedral and the Tate Modern art gallery. From there, you have a wonderful view of Tower Bridge. Then cross the Thames on Tower Bridge itself for some interesting history and more lovely views.

  7. je n’etait jamais venu mais c’est plutot sympa ici…

  8. Great colors on the bridge. Nice photo.

  9. Kate says:

    The shape of the bridge, especially the arches, is similar to one over the Mississippi in the Cities. Perhaps the colors which you explained so well above gives it a special character.

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