Sunrise At Sundial Bridge

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Watching the sunrise is one of my greatest pleasures. It’s my favorite time of the day. This is my morning experience last Sunday, at Sundial Bridge, Redding (CA.) The Sundial Bridge at Turtle Bay is the worlds largest working sundial. The bridge runs across the Sacramento River. The mountain in the background is Mount Shasta.

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I love the cold mornings this time of the year.

Nothing burns like the cold. –  George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones

 

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The Sundial Bridge is designed by my favorite architect Santiago Calatrava. The bridge itself is spectacular, and amazing to experience in person. It’s a glass decked, cable-stayed cantilever suspension bridge, reaching 217 feet into the sky.

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I am always searching for more light and space. –  Santiago Calatrava

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The bridge was actually closed to pedestrians last Sunday morning, when I took these photos, due to ice on the glass floor of the bridge. When my friend and I entered the park, where the bridge is located, we met a kind police officer that took one look at my camera, smiled and said; be careful if you’re planning to cross the bridge, it’s very slippery. We crossed the bridge holding hands, taking baby steps. It was definitely worth it! It was an incredible sunrise. One of the best I ever experienced.

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I have tried to get close to the frontier between architecture and sculpture and to understand architecture as an art. –  Santiago Calatrava

This was the first time I experienced the bridge without lots of people around. The Sundial Bridge of Turtle Bay is a popular meeting place for both locals, and tourists alike. It’s a warm and inviting place.

If you’re interested in prints of these photos, feel free to visit my new gallery. Have an amazing day, and a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday with your love ones ❤

Love,

Ms Zen

 

Weekly Photo Challenge: Transformation

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After composing yesterday’s entry to the weekly photo challenge, and talking to a couple friends about it, I decided to look through my Bridge Gallery. While looking through my gallery I decided that I wanted to share three of my favorite bridges in Northern California with you. Above is the famous Golden Gate Bridge.

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The black and white photo with the little girl in the front, is Sundial Bridge (Redding,) seen from the side, under the bridge. This is a very cool 217ft, cantilever suspension bridge, across the Sacramento River. The sundial actually works!

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This is on top of Sundial bridge. I love the green-blue color of the glass, and the smooth contours of the bridge.

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This is simply a highway bridge in Napa. I used to do a to of meditating under this bridge, when my daughter was an infant, and I rented a house in the area. I do go back here every once in a while. It has become one of my Zen Zones.

I hope you enjoyed this sample of bridges from my part of California. Have a wonderful day!

 

Love,

Ms Zen

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My mom used to drag me around to look at amazing bridges, all over southern Europe when I was a little girl. To begin with I didn’t like it so much (it was usually hot and you had to walk long distances,) but after a while I caught the bug as well.

The theme of this week’s photo challenge at The Daily Post is Bridge. Today’s post is actually not from northern California, but from our neighboring state Nevada. The photo above is the bridge at Hoover Dam. The day I walked out on this bridge it was very windy. Most people stayed at the beginning at the bridge, snapped a few quick photos of Hoover Dam, and quickly walked back. Not me. I spend more than an hour on the windy bridge, admiring Hoover Dam from every possible angle. I completely lost track of time.

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This is the view of Hoover Dam that I admired. It is a spectacular place. I haven’t had time to indulge in the other entries of the photo challenge yet, but I am planning on doing it tonight. It’s very possible that I post another entry to this challenge, since bridges  is something that fascinates me. A bridge is in many ways a gateway to my imagination. Do you feel the same way? If you’re participating in the photo challenge, feel free to post a link to your entry in a comment.

 

Love,

Ms Zen