Today is the second anniversary for the CBBH Photo Challenge, beginning as it did on August 1st 2012. Since then we’ve covered many subjects from Repetition and Reflection to Street Art and Simple Pleasures. I’ve learned a lot about photography over the past two years and featured some wonderful blogs to link to. But, in the true time-honoured fashion, all good things must come to an end, so this month’s CBBH Photography Challenge will be the final one.
As a result, I’m going to indulge myself with one of my favourite subjects – BRIDGES.
According to Wikipedia a bridge is “a structure built to span physical obstacles such as a body of water, valley, or road, for the purpose of providing passage over the obstacle.” Of course there are many different designs, from the most natural – such as a log across a stream, through to the most complicated of modern bridge designs we currently see around the world. Cantilever, arch or suspension and made of iron, brick or rope, there’s something about bridges I just can’t resist. I love to look at them, be on them and take photos of them.
My first photograph this month (above) is of the Roman bridge spanning the Rio Guadalquivir in Córdoba. To capture this shot, I walked over the bridge from the old part of the city, just as the light was fading. The building you can see in the background is the Mezquita.
Further along the Rio Guadalquivir as it flows towards the Atlantic Ocean is the capital of Andalucía, Sevilla (known to English-speakers as Seville). This shot of Triana Bridge was taken from the river as I was enjoying an early evening cruise. It’s a very pleasant way to spend part of an evening in Seville before making your way around the many tapas bars, for which the city is famous.
My final photograph is of another bridge in Seville, but this time a much smaller one. This ceramic tiled bridge spans the moat at Plaza España, a well-known local landmark and tourist attraction. If you’ve got the desire and the muscle-power, you can hire a boat and row around the moat, though on the last occasion I was there, most visitors were laughing at a couple who hadn’t got the hang of rowing at all, and were entertaining the crowd by going round in circles just a few metres from where they rented the boat! If you are visiting Seville, Plaza España features plaques for each province in Spain, all beautifully decorated in tiles and should be high on your list of places to see within the city.
So, will you join me one final time in this month’s CBBH Photo Challenge: Bridges?
Don’t forget that the CBBH Photo Challenge is a little different from some other challenges, in two ways. First, it’s only once a month – giving you lots of time to consider your entry before the end of the calendar month. Second, and most important, this is a BLOG HOP (after all, it is the CBBH – Conejo Blanco Blog Hop, conejo blanco means white rabbit in Spanish), so DON’T FORGET that in your post you need to add links to two blogs that you have visited and commented on during the past month.
That way, when we visit each other, we can HOP OVER to your links, connect with others and share a little blog love around!
Coincidentally, my Featured Blog Links for this month are both called Sue:
*** Living in Alberta, Canada and married to her best friend Dave for over thirty years, Sue Slaught hopes that her Travel Tales of Life will still entertain anyone who will listen when she is an old lady sitting in a nursing home. Still many years away from that situation, Sue always has me spell-bound with her adventures around the world – whether it’s a tale of a ghost in the lobby of the Banff Springs Hotel, getting stuck in the rush hour of gondolas in Venice or being chased by dogs while cycling in Turkey.
*** Sue Judd, on the other hand, has recently been re-defining who she is – transforming from scientist to very talented photographer and award-winning poet. Sue’s Beauty in Decay series has truly made me look at flowers through new eyes. I’m fortunate also that she seems to love peonies as much as I do! But, how can you not fail to be moved by Sue’s poem Am I Still the Same?, written in response to her diagnosis with Multiple Sclerosis, expressing her view on how it affected her.
Please HOP over and say HELLO to both of these ladies, and tell them Marianne sent you!
So that´s the final CBBH Photo Challenge folks
Remember, all you have to do is post your entry by the end of the month, tag your entry ‘CBBH Photo Challenge’, link back to this blog and, most importantly, don´t forget to add links to any two blogs that you´ve commented on during the past month, so that we can all HOP OVER and have a look.
For more information on how the CBBH Photo Challenge works click here.