Sunday, March 22, 2009

Sunday Stills - Lines

Today's Sunday Stills challenge was LINES.
My view is full of lines. Here is a closeup.

Burlington Canal Lift Bridge

There have been five different moveable bridges located on this site since 1830. The present bridge was opened in 1962 and carries two lanes of traffic across the canal. The canal, at the western edge of Lake Ontario, was among a series of waterway projects begun 200 years ago, to provide navigation from Lake Erie to the Atlantic Ocean. Today the Burlington Canal remains a busy waterway, although with the recent shutdown of Stelco by US Steel, it may be less busy.
The bridge structure is a tower driven, moveable bridge with a vertical lift of 110 feet. The navigation season usually runs from late March to late December, so any day now the first of the approximately 6500 vessels that will pass through will be appearing.

The underside of the bridge on a day with no traffic.
That's what the other bridge, the Burlington Skyway, right beside it is for.
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37 comments:

  1. Those are some neat shots, especially the underside.

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  2. Very interesting bridge shots!!! Grea t submission!! :)

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  3. Cuddos on the great shots, I love bridges!

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  4. I like that second shot - the contrast in colors along with the repeating pattern is very nice!

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  5. Cool bridge photos. The underside one looks almost like an abstract.

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  6. great shots - that 2nd one is outstanding! love the angle and the lines

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  7. Thank you Ed and Andrea. Bridges fascinate me.
    LaceyJo and Citizen and I like the views from underneath bridges, too. It actually reminded me of a meccano set, Char.

    It was painted last year, J9, so still looks a bit fresh.

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  8. Very cool bridge! I too like the underside pic.

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  9. Thanks, The Wife, yes, there is something about the underside of bridges...

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  10. I like htat second one too, and my first thought was how abstract it looked.

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  11. Cool bridge!! I love looking at bridges like that but going across them freaks me out :)

    Mine is up over at my photo blog.

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  12. Wonderful picture, I love bridges and that one reminds me of the ones where I grew up.

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  13. The second is my favorite..love the circles mixed with the lines!

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  14. Great shots with lots of lines...and a wonderful history lesson! Thanks!

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  15. I enjoy seeing these scenes that are familiar to you but so foreign to me...
    thanks Violet

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  16. Thanks for the link to Sunday Stills.

    Living near a harbor myself, I'm always fascinated by bridges abroad.

    Does it actually read "Canada" on that last bridge shot?

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  17. Shirley, I can now see it does look like an abstract (now that so many people have mentioned it). Thanks, Kelly, it would have been rather stark without those circles.

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  18. I like to learn a bit about the photos I see, so I'm glad you appreciated the history lesson, gtyyup.

    Thanks, WhimsybyMari and Flo - I enjoy looking at them much more than going over them, too!

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  19. and I enjoy sharing them, Delwyn.

    You're welcome, Peter. Yes, it does say Canada on the side. (Just in case one had a poor sense of direction!)

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  20. Yep, lots of lines! Love the inside shot of the bridge!

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  21. Excellent lines..I really like the last photo. We don't have bridges like that in these parts..so I really enjoyed them:)

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  22. Thank you MariesImages and CTG Ponies, glad you like.

    Thanks, FSF, sometimes you forget that what you see everyday is so very different for other people.

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  23. I like the bridge. The last photo is so picturesque!

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  24. This is such a lovely bridge. I think I have 25 pictures of it at least. There are Perigrine Falcons nesting on the tower you have shown in the first picture. I was there again last week to try and find them, but without success. So I just take more pictures of the bridge. If you walk out to the lighthouse you can see Toronto's skyline.

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  25. That's beautiful! How did you get photos with no traffic?

    And, this is the first time that I've ever been to a blog that my location showed up as the actual (or at least closest) location that I live! Awesome!

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  26. It was a deceptively cold day when I walked over there to take these pictures, Ruth and I wondered if the falcons had returned but couldn't find them. The ones at the Sheraton in Hamilton are back and the webcam is up.

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  27. You're always welcome Kylie from wherever you are!! Actually, I wondered if there was someone new when I saw that address a minute ago.

    Anyway, the bridge has a lot less traffic because that road runs alongside the highway and mostly goes along the Beach Strip, so only local traffic use it. I also waited patiently for everyone to disappear out my way.

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  28. Interesting photos, the sharp lines make interesting shadows too!

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  29. I'm happy you came by to visit, Chanpheng.

    Thank you for stopping by Lilli&Nevada.


    So glad you both like my interpretation.

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  30. Very nice shots, I like the close up and the underside photos. Good job. A piece of pudding kitty litter cake for you.

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  31. Ah, thank you Regular Guy!
    I'm ready for dessert of any kind right now.

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  32. There is some excellent photography here.

    CJ xx

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  33. Thank you Crystal. Have you seen my other photo blog?

    Your photography is coming along as well, I see.

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  34. I'm usually on the Burlington Skyway bridge. I've never seen this one. It's really cool. Thanks for adding the Canadian content.

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  35. Thanks for stopping by, Pete. You could miss it while driving over the Skyway. Look far off to the left, Niagara bound (or get off at Eastport for the experience!)

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