Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Les Ponts de Perth l .....

Now I'm the first to admit that The Causeway (The Causeway) is no 'Pont Neuf' neither in age nor beauty, but it has had a colourful history from it's humble beginnings in 1843 right up to the new and improved bridge that was completed in 1952.. There's the story of Mr. E.C.Loftie who in 1867 was fined forty shillings for causing an obstruction, the mob of cattle he was driving got spooked and wedged themselves between the rails and couldn't be moved for an hour.....ah! those were the days. Nowadays you can see The Causeway is more than sturdy enough to cope with the heavy traffic flow, unfortunately not a herd of cattle to be seen, although I did hear that a few weeks ago the traffic was held up for ten minutes or so by a family of black swans walking across the main traffic flow...fabulous, I just wish I'd been there to get the shot.....!! Hope you snap something fantastic today.....

23 comments:

  1. interesting story behind that bridge and the spooked cattle lol. nice angles in all 3 shots of the bridge.

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  2. That would be a good series, Grace "Les ponts de Perth". We have a charity walk here in Sydney (around about this time of the year) called the Seven Bridges Walk. Each bridge is over the harbour or one of its lower arms. Takes quite a few hours.

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  3. Yup, Grace, I believe this bridge would be called "utilitarian," but sometimes functionality is what is needed. Why don't you start agitating for statues to be placed above the pilings?

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  4. I'm kind of wishing you got that shot too! That must have been something to see. One time I had to wait on a very busy Phoenix street for a family of ducks to cross the road on their way to the canal on the other side. I didn't have a camera with me so missed the shot.

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  5. Great story. Shouldn't cattle get the same right of way as black swans?

    Darryl and Ruth :)

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  6. Et puis, un pont, n'est-ce pas un endroit idéal pour un rendez-vous amoureux?

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  7. je suis d'accord avec Richard, c'est romantique une rencontre au hasard d'une traversee de pont

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  8. You missed a gorgeous meeting, sorry!
    Have a nice day!

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  9. I'm with Jack: a few statues and this bridge would be almost perfect;Even if I have some bridge in my town, the rivers under are always dry..

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  10. Having lived in a swampy area for a number of years, I do know what a causeway is. I rather like them too! :)
    Thanks for these lovely shots and words.

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  11. oh they're all beautiful dear Pdp.
    you've just inspired me to take fotos of our bridges here too. ^0^
    but the 3rd one is my fave, there's a certain nostalgic to it.

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  12. WEll it's not the Pont Neuf but we don't have any of those in Alabama either! V

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  13. Nice story of this bridge...Arianna!

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  14. Whole families of black swans blocking your bridges and I am stuck with my lousy pigeons...

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  15. Love the first shot and the story! Nice one Grace.

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  16. Interesting photos of bridges. All bridges in the world are nice. They combine the banks and people. When he breaks, the bad times. Today I was much photographed. From the home and work lights have waned. We have here the last nice days, as we said at the Indian summer. / Peter.

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  17. Interesting photos of bridges. All bridges in the world are nice. They combine the banks and people. When he breaks, the bad times. Today I was much photographed. From the home and work lights have waned. We have here the last nice days, as we said at the Indian summer. / Peter.

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  18. Interesting photos of bridges. All bridges in the world are nice. They combine the banks and people. When he breaks, the bad times. Today I was much photographed. From the home and work lights have waned. We have here the last nice days, as we said at the Indian summer. / Peter.

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  19. Can't even remember when last I walked over a bridge. And there might be indeed 'lovers of the causeway'; thank you for the memories of one of my all time fav. movies.

    daily athens

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  20. That's so sweet that you all wait for the animals to pass. And I know what you mean, I'm never around for the action either ;D

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