Friday, March 28, 2008

Theme this week is: HIGH




The Sundial Bridge at Turtle Bay is a beautiful, unique pedestrian bridge that crosses the Sacramento River and connects the Nationally-designated trail system in Redding, California, with the Turtle Bay Exploration Park and McConnell Arboretum.

The Sundial Bridge is beautiful because of its aqua green, opaque glass deck; strips of granite; and smooth, white imported Spanish tile. The bridge is unique because of its design. The 217-foot high pylon acts as a sundial, telling time on a tile covered garden border on the north side of the bridge. The designer of the bridge, world-renowned architect Santiago Calatrava, has said that, to him, the bridge resembles a bird in flight, and symbolizes the overcoming of adversity. The bridge is also environmentally sensitive to its river setting. The tall pylon and cable stays allow this unique suspension bridge to avoid the nearby salmon-spawning habitat. Several fly fishing publications and professional guides have rated this area of the Sacramento River as being in the top 10 tail water fisheries in the world!

P.S. I thought about showing a "funny cigarette", (ha, ha)

24 comments:

leslie said...

This is great, Claudia. I actually thought about posting a few photos of my kids' drunk! lol

sasha said...

Perfect choice for high! :) Happy weekend!

Bahchi said...

Unique! I love these photos!

Adie said...

217 feet is really high! Happy hunting!

Deb said...

That's a beautiful bridge!

Alice Audrey said...

I would love to see that bridge. It sounds and looks cool.

Rebecca said...

I love those! :)

bingskee said...

really high... it will make me feel small ha ha

Melli said...

WHAT a unique bridge! I LOVE it when art and function meet! That is beautiful! Thanks for sharing it!

K said...

Nice choice for this week's theme. I first heard about the Sundial Bridge in an AAA Magazine. I want to see this bridge someday.

lynn said...

Wonderful photos! Thanks for stopping by my blog.

liza said...

great choice for the theme. happy hunting.

John said...

This was really High.

Sarge Charlie said...

that is a very nice bridge, excellent entry for the theme

denz said...

Wow! I love your picture, just keep it up and enjoy!!!

check mine also:
PHOTOHUNTER-1
PHOTOHUNTER-2

Happy Weekend guys!!!

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Have a great Weekend!!!

Huey said...

I especially love the first photo. Thanks for the info!

Vickie said...

I love these pictures and the first is amazing! :)

Mr. & Mrs. Boesch said...

Thanks for the comment! I think your photos definitely show "high" very accurately!!! That's quite the bridge (and beautiful too!)

-Jordan

keeyit said...

Great design of the bridge

Katney said...

That is certainly a unique design--and very high.

tommie said...

very cool shot...I love the dark clouds in the background.

Thanks for visiting my hunt.

Sandy C. said...

What an amazing series of photos of this bridge! I've never seen it before...love it!

Princezz said...

oh wow! what a beautiful bridge. anyway, the hike we did took us almost 5 hours. it was steep, too narrow and slippery, but it was worth!

p.s. care to ex-links with me? let me know. thanks!