Sunday, August 22, 2010

Little bridges in summer

The road I used to take to work follows the curves of New River Canal, a pretty little waterway that meanders across our parish as if it's in no particular hurry to get anywhere at all.  People who built homes on the other side of the canal found it difficult to get into town until a number of little bridges were built across the canal to provide access to the road.

I remember some controversy years ago about whether or not the taxpayers were funding the erection of those bridges for the benefit of so few citizens.  I don't remember how that battle turned out, and if I ever cared, I no longer do. Now I just enjoy looking at the pretty wooden bridges.

On days when I took my camera to work, I often took pictures of the bridges as I approached them.  Because I was shooting from a moving car (not safe, I know), most of the photos were at least a little blurry.

Once again, the "dry brush" filter in Photoshop Elements came to my rescue and turned the less-than-sharp images into pleasant landscapes.  I love the bridges, the shade trees, and even the unknown fishermen in these little scenes:

I hope you're having a beautiful day today, wherever you are.


  1. Beautiful, just beautiful - I close my eyes after reading your account... and could picture the scene - even before I saw the pictures. I love the Photoshop filter Dry Brush too : )

  2. What an amazing job you did on these photos, Velvet, and what a lovely place! There is such peace in your photos.

  3. Oh my gosh, those photos are amazing! I gasped, truly, when I saw the second photo. Wow! I love how you see the little things and allow them to touch you.

  4. Thanks, Ladies. Because I took the photos from the car, most of them were not only blurry but crooked, and some contained images of my rearview mirror. While I'll happily accept a little credit for identifying and cropping out the one area of a photograph that shows some potential -- and occasionally touching up to remove a telephone pole or an automobile -- the painted effect that makes these pictures so pretty is all Photoshop. I click on the filter, slide a little bar to choose the size of the digital paintbrush, click again, and it's done.

    It always feels good to take a photo that turns out well, but it feels almost as good to salvage a stinker.

    P.S. Jill, it's great to see you again. Hope you're doing well.

  5. Hi! I came over from Creekhiker. These are lovely. I love the big oak.

  6. Truly peaceful pictures. You have a good eye.

  7. For some reason, the photos make me think of William Faulkner.

    The bridge in that photo looks like it doesn't have any guardrails. Makes me nervous just thinking about it.

  8. Rottrover, welcome! I love the beauty of the big oak trees, and when I think about the history some of the really old ones have witnessed, I feel a sense of awe and respect for them.

    Nan16, not being a morning person, I really appreciated the peaceful scenery on my way to work. It kept me from having to face the harshness of reality until I got into town. :)

    Janet, I think these trees and bridges would fit right in with a Faulkner setting. I'd never noticed the absence of guardrails, but now that you mention it, only one of the three bridges pictured has them. I'd be nervous, too, even though they're wide enough for two cars to pass.


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