Sepia Saturday - A Bridge Reflection

Chain Bridge - circa 1895
Much can be said about the beauty of some bridges. The most beautiful of all has to be the suspension bridge. This is the Chain Bridge in Newburyport, Massachusetts. It has the distinction of being the only suspension bridge in the state. I wrote a post about this bridge entitled "The Strongest Link" which tells a bit more about the history.

There have been many changes to this bridge since the days of horse and buggy. I'm wondering who is in that buggy in the top photo. The chains, which consisted of ten inch links, have been replaced with steel cables. The wooden deck has been replaced with steel. The towers where once made of wood are now also made of steel covered with stone. Instead of two smaller portals there is now only one. The right pier on which the right tower sits, was once separate from the mainland. It is now connected and back-filled.

The reflections are striking in both photos. The top photo was shot at low tide. The bottom photo was shot at high tide over 100 years later almost in the same location.

"Time and tide wait for no man" but a reflection is forever.
Chain Bridge - circa 2005

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Brett Payne said…
Thanks for the photos, Doug. Suspension bridges have a character like no other, full of suspense, one might say - particularly the pedestrian suspension bridges that sway rather alarmingly.
Postcardy said…
Thanks for your reflections about the old bridge.
Christine H. said…
Wow, that is a gorgeous photo...both of them actually. the first one is mysterious though. I love it.
Jinksy said…
Great photos, with time warp included! ♥
Bob Scotney said…
I love bridges too. I wrote about 'Brunel's' Clifton Suspension Bridge some time ago. Suspension bridges and Transporters alway seem special to me. The Transporter at Middlesbrough is 100 years old on Monday.
Doug said…
Thanks for your comment Bob. I never knew what a transporter was until i checked out some Youtube videos just now! They are very graceful.
Martin said…
That bridge will probably be there in another 100 years. Nice photographs.
Liz Stratton said…
I can still recall walking across pedestrian suspension bridges with my brother stomping from side-to-side making the bridge sway even more radically.
Little Nell said…
Beautiful structures and the reflection enhances their appeal.
The bridge is interesting in its own right - I like bridges - but with the reflection it is really special. It is remarkable how still the water is in both pictures.

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