Saturday, June 26, 2010

Shadow Shot Sunday - Charles Crossing


Patti and I had fun last weekend as we visited Boston for a wedding. We had a great time!

Of course, we missed Shadow Shot Sunday. A really enjoyable blog, a shame to miss...But now we are back!

One thing about traveling to a unfamiliar place is the amazing amount of subjects for all your favorite photo memes. They jump at you from every direction, especially in this city of old and new.


With the graceful Patti taking these pictures as I navigated the van. I chose the modern for shadows instead of the old in this historic city.

This being the Interstate-93 Zakim Bridge south into the city, formally known as the Leonard P. Zakim-Bunker Hill Memorial Bridge. It is a span of style, beauty and elegance - with a shadowy presence that cannot be ignored.

Obviously, a detailed study should have been undertaken of the correct route as the roads and ramps of Boston have a characteristically complex and confusing layout...


Not that we were really lost as we exited in nearby Somerville, but a meandering move on surface streets as we ensued the (well, really my idea of a) prize, the majestic crossing of the Charles River.

The direction to go was finally apparent, so we were going back to the span, with Patti picking neat shadowy frames.

As we were entering the curvy on-ramp to I-93, Patti queried me on doing all this 'to get a picture of a bridge'


Of course the innocent driver of the Dodge had to divulge the real answer: 'of course'

The design is so geometric and stylish. The main towers seem as if wishbones, too dainty looking, not nearly strong enough to carry the ten-lanes of traffic it must support.

Yet it was over-engineered to such a degree that it will withstand a 400 mph (640 km/h) wind - the highest ever recorded in the city was 110 mph (175 km/h).

Strength and style coexist so nicely, and the observant eye will notice that each tower is offset from the other. The lack of true symmetry adds an engineered flair...


In the ensuing humidity, the north tower and modern skyline have a shadowy hue as we look southward toward the Hub.

A great time was had by all, and Boston is a great place to visit again - only 140 miles away, all went fine with the wheelchair vs the cobblestones, the old hotel wheelchair accessible, and we had a fine time with people we don't often see. All made the brief getaway a treat! See shadow artistry at Tracy's fun site!

33 comments:

Catherine said...

nice sequence of shots - like all the shapes of the bridges and those bluey shadows at the end on the skyline....

Sylvia K said...

I love your shadow shots for the day, Ralph! Such a terrific sequence! I'd say that you and Patti both did a marvelous job. What a gorgeous bridge that is! Sounds like you had a fun trip! We missed you!
Have a great weekend1

Sylvia

Bonnie Bonsai said...

Pretty much interesting detail.

I agree about the "amazing subjects that jump at every direction."

Pentacoloured Weekend

frayedattheedge said...

Fabulous photos!! We missed you last week - I've just received your comment and Malcolm and Jennifer came in from sitting in the sunshine to read what you had said - your comments are always so thoughtful!

Cassie said...

Oh you sly devil..."of course" we knew you'd be hunting for the best Shadow Shot in Boston! Very nice. Glad you had a good time.

Sarah said...

Great shots-you can't beat a well engineered bridge! And when you get to actually drive over it-all the better! There is a bridge in Kent to the Isle of Sheppey that I always try to get Andy to take pictures of-so far now have come out too well. I will just have to stop nearby I think!
Glad you had a good time at the wedding-I did wonder where you were!

Sarah said...

none-not now

Serendipity said...

Lovely series. That bridge is a great subject for photography!

Greyscale Territory said...

That bridge is certainly a very stylish design and it sounds very practical too! A fascinating series of shots!

(I agree about going to unfamiliar places! The photo itches really take over!)

Sam said...

I love the third and fourth photos best - all those attractive cable stays making pretty patterns! Sydney has a bridge almost identicle to this beauty - it must be the latest technology/ fashion! Sounds like you had a great time in Boston too - a lovely break!

nana_ang_poppaphil said...

Wow, I love your shots. The wishbone effect of the span is wonderful.

Glad to hear that you both had a great time.

Dimple said...

That is an unusual, interesting, and beautiful bridge, thanks for going the lost way around to get pictures of it!

Sammy said...

Amazing shots Ralph, missed your post last week, I always look forward to seeing your shadow shots each week, glad you are back. Such an interesting piece of architecture.

Have a great week!!

Jane ... said...

Your shots of the bridge and all the various angles and lines are great! It looks like you had a great roadtrip!

Dianne said...

Boston is such a photogenic city!

I love that bridge, you got some great shots of it

Joops said...

Great shots!

chubskulit said...

Bridge is always a beautiful subject for photos, great shots!

Hey Harriet said...

We all missed you and Patti last weekend, but lovely to have a glimpse of your getaway! That's an impressive looking bridge! Looks like you had a wonderful time in Boston :)

jabblog said...

Thank you for a very interesting and informative post. It is indeed a splendid bridge and it's good to know it's been over-engineered - ten lanes of traffic, my goodness!

BLOGitse said...

oh, boy! 'Right turn MUST turn right' sign - here in Casa we don't have that kind of signs. People drive from the left lane to the right, from a junction of 4 lanes to different directions but when heading forward there might be 8 cars (instead of 3) heading to 3 lanes...what a mess!
Maybe I should go and shoot that scene one day!

Sunny greetings from Casa!
BLOGitsePHOTOS

Eden said...

Hi, Ralph!

Beautiful set of photos from your holiday. Thank you for sharing information. I enjoyed this post.

Have a great week.

Patti said...

Graceful?? bwahahaha.

It was a fun 26 hours in Boston, wasn't it?

We will have to return.

Sweet Repose said...

Thanks for the lil mini tour, what a beautiful structure this bridge is, good job Patti, the shots are wonderful...I'll bet the cobblestone is a bit of a challenge, driving on it can be unnerving...but beautiful to look at!

sarayutouched said...

missed you and patti last week...glad you are back this week. the bridge photos are wonderful...thanks for sharing a bit of your weekend.

EG Wow said...

I'm glad you enjoyed your trip to Boston, Ralph. And thank you for the photos so I could pretend I went with you.

Carin said...

Great scenes of Boston! Glad to read you enjoyed a lovely weekend and had a great time with people you don't very often see. Nice to catch up on things!

Have a good week!

Manang Kim said...

Amazing how they make bridges. Happy Sunday!


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Lisa's RetroStyle said...

That's a really cool bridge. You got some neat shots!

Paula Scott said...

Please let Patti know that I am grateful for her patience! I love those angles on the bridge! Great planning and great shots!

MyMaracas said...

That bridge is such a wonder! I love that you explored all the different angles. It has an elegant, graphic quality to it.

Glad you enjoyed your trip!

Beverley Baird said...

What an amazing bridge! It is art in itself! great shadow shots for the week! Sounds like you had a great time away!

The Summer Kitchen Girls said...

We missed you both last weekend! Glad you had a marvelous time! We went to Boston three years ago - over the 4th - fun fun fun (and that's amazing to say from Yankee fans!!)
Great shots of the bridge Patti....and great navigation Ralph!! Have a super week!

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Wednesday - 2 of a kind
Thursday - Urban
Friday - Sunset

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