Another cold day here, cold for California at least. There was a bit of a breeze, so the sky was a beautiful clear, blue with no haze. So I took a picture that has very little sky. I drove around at lunch and saw lots of beautiful landscapes, but my landscapes usually don’t come out as well as I’d like, so I didn’t take any wide open shots today. I crossed this bridge on my way back to work, and caught the barbed wire out of the corner of my eye as I drove by. Fortunately no one was behind me when I slammed on the brakes. Something about the wire intrigued me, like the wire had tethered the bridge in place.
There a lot of small, old bridges in the Sonoma farm country that haven’t been rebuilt with modern guard rails and still retain their original cement work. I like the look of the old bridges, more so when they are weathered and aged and have stains or moss on them, as this one does. I’ve driven over a lot of them recently, maybe I’ll take a series of shots of old bridge railings before they’re all replaced with the same metal rails we see everywhere. Even though this bridge railing is pretty simple, it shows that someone thought about aesthetics when they built the bridge. Too much modern construction is utilitarian to an extreme, with no effort put into making structures look nice, even just a little bit. The old bridges fit the landscape, maybe just because the are windworn and aged, like the land around them. Anyway, I like seeing the old structures and wish new ones had even a small amount of charm.
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