Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge — Bridges

This week the topic is Bridges.
—Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge

On the west side of the Golden Gate Bridge, at midspan, there is a small structure that juts up and out from the side of the bridge. It looks like an Olympic Diving platform but it actually serves a more useful function. Instruments are mounted on it that monitor the wind speed & direction, plus the temperature and humidity.

This data collected helps the maintenance crews who work with paint, sealers, epoxy and roadway patching compounds stay within the manufacturer’s guidelines for applying the materials.

The wind data also allows bridge personnel to monitor the forces at work on the span during storms and for deploying maintenance crews on the structure during the day.

Several times a year I made a habit of climbing out onto the platform at night to “inspect the equipment” and to enjoy the view. I took this photo during one such inspection on a night in September. The fog was sending wispy tendrils of cool air through the Gate and the headlights of the approaching cars created a starburst effect in the lens of my iPhone camera.

I never tired of this view of the bridge or the wind-driven, vehicle-induced vibrations that are part of being suspended over the water on a magic steel carpet.

  20 comments for “Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge — Bridges

  1. April 26, 2019 at 10:24 AM

    Stunning photo, Allan. I loved to read the history behind it.

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    • April 26, 2019 at 2:26 PM

      Thanks, Dina. The old slogan about a picture being worth a thousand words holds me back from saying too much when I post to a challenge. One day I hope to find a happy medium.
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      • April 26, 2019 at 3:13 PM

        You are doing very well. Don’t limit yourself and think no one is interested. 😉

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      • April 26, 2019 at 3:17 PM

        Thanks, that helps.
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  2. April 25, 2019 at 9:50 AM

    Very cool photo and effect for this week 😀

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  3. alstacer
    April 24, 2019 at 1:54 PM

    Great pic! Thanks for sharing!

    Liked by 1 person

    • April 24, 2019 at 2:13 PM

      No problem, Al. I’m happy to do it.
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    • April 24, 2019 at 3:42 PM

      Allan, you an ace with the iPhone. Great photo. Should be on one of those ‘Shot on an iPhone’ posters!

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  4. April 24, 2019 at 11:01 AM

    Amazing shot. Impressionistic in the way you captured the light 🙂

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    • April 24, 2019 at 2:13 PM

      Thanks, Jose. Sometimes conditions and opportunity come together in the right moment.
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  5. April 24, 2019 at 10:50 AM

    Incredible perspective and very cool image, Allan! Makes me so nervous and thrilled at the same time. Thanks for the interesting facts about it, too.

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    • April 24, 2019 at 2:12 PM

      You are welcome, Jane. It was fun while it lasted. I’m fortunate to have had 15 good years there. Thanks for your comment.
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  6. April 24, 2019 at 10:43 AM

    Wow! I appreciate the desire to capture a photo and the daring it took. Worth it.

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  7. April 24, 2019 at 10:09 AM

    That’s a cool shot! 😃

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