Weekly Photo Challenge: Bridge

My fascination with the Brooklyn Bridge began many years ago when my brother gave me David McCullough’s The Great Bridge. Up until then, I associated history with school textbooks and read little of it once out of university. This story was so fascinating and well-written that I was reading the book on my lunch breaks at work (and sharing what I had read with my co-workers, whether they wanted to hear it or not!) and resuming my reading as soon as I got home. As a bonus, the book opened my eyes to history as alive and interesting and even exciting and I’ve read much more since then.

One of the scenes that sticks in my memory twenty years later is when E. F. Farrington, the master mechanic, rode a boatswain’s chair suspended from the wire traveler rope from the Brooklyn side of the bridge to the New York City side of the bridge. He did this to demonstrate to his workers that this method of traveling, which they would be using, was safe. His arrival in New York, however, turned into more than a safety demonstration—he was greeted by cheers, cannons firing, and boat whistles sounding. McCullough makes the point that this was the first time people could see that the two cities would indeed be connected by the bridge.

Love this bridge!

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Images © Melissa Corcoran.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Order

As someone who used to hang her clothes in color order, this challenge appeals to me!

An orderly progression of house fronts and chimneys.

Bikes in order.

Rows of rivets on the skin of an airplane hangar.

Everybody: walk the same direction.

And a different take on order, ‘we hear and obey.’

For more entries in this week’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Orderclick here.

Images © Melissa Corcoran.

Lisbon bits and pieces

Bits and pieces from Lisbon:

This scene was a nice start to my visit. Left my table at the restaurant where I was having dinner to capture this combination of color and light, blue and white.

Whoever designed this pavement was devilishly clever! It’s flat, but can you imagine walking on it in a state of altered consciousness?!

And speaking of pavement, I liked these:

To paraphrase Indiana Jones, why does it always have to be hills? The one on the right was steep and I walked it at least twice. (There’s a tram, but I didn’t want to wait either time.)

Think there’s enough gold?! I liked how unabashedly splendid it was.

Chapel in Igreja de São Roque.

Loved the colorful buildings. Click (or double-click, depending on your device) on any image to launch the slideshow.

A great view with which to end my visit.

Images © Melissa Corcoran.