The Impressions of Autumn (28)

Two years ago, I have a series known as The Impressions of Autumn.

I don’t think I have showcased all the photos.

This is a continuation of the series.dscf3377

The picture was taken in in the hills of South Korea during Autumn.

We walked for a couple of hours to reach the temple.

The red tree in the foreground stands out in contrast to the temple in the background.

These colors give us the real feel of Autumn..

Weekly Photo Challenge: Curved ( Bridges)

This week’s DP photo challenge is Curve.

Those who have been following me know that I am a fan of bridges; I  like them as they connect one place to another, overcoming obstacles like river, sea, rivers, gorges etc.

They improve connectivity which we all need.

In the early part of my career, I have been designing and project engineering  some bridges which still stand today, after 40 years of their design and over three decades  of their construction.

This post is about curve bridges; in fact, they are mostly masonry bridges.17-12-2004 5-31-04 PM_0022A

In early part of the human history, we have discovered that if we arrange the masonry or stones in the shape of arches, the resulting structure will be put into compression for which stones have a lot of compressive strength.16-12-2004 4-43-31 PM_0000

The stone or masonry of course will need to be cemented together so that there will be a smooth flow of compression in the arches. Human beings have been very clever in erecting curved spans over torrential waters etc..scan10007

Many of the bridges were built on this principle and quite a lot of them have lasted for hundreds of years.

Here I will first showcase some of the arch bridges built in the West, the first two examples were taken in Spain, namely, Seville and also Toledo.

The third one is a medieval bridge near France in the area known as Cahorrea.CIMG0218

The fourth one was taken in Central Park, NYC.

The fifth one was taken in Switzerland, this is a contemporary structure with vertical memebers transferring loads from the highway onto a concrete arch. DSCF1124

The rest of the bridges are built in the East.DSCF0286

The one with three curved spans over a river, looking like three contagious ribbons were taken in Shinkoku, Japan.DSCF6492

This is followed by a three span masonry bridge in the West Lake China, creating an attractive reflection in the West Lake waters.

The last one with the red Autumn foliage was captured in South Korea.DSCF3377

I could go on and on, citing more examples – if I can get hold of my old pictures.

For the time being, please enjoy 🙂

Weekly Photo Challenge: Circle (Bridge)

This week’s photo challenge is Circle.

The circular form is a common architectural expression in the bridge design of China.DSC_0027

Many of the masonry bridges have circular openings. Structurally, they rely on the arching action in the masonry.DSC_0028

The first two photos were taken in FengHuang city ( or the Phoenix City ) of China.This bridge has three circular openings. The second picture shows a single opening in more detail.

The photo of the last bridge was taken in West Lake, HangZhou of China.DSCF6494A

It is a graceful looking arch bridge, again with three spans.

When viewed with the reflection, complete circles are formed.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Symmetry ( Bridge at West Lake, China)

Here is a photo with two axes of Symmetry.

The photo was taken in West Lake, China.DSCF6494

The picture is symmetrical about the water line which divides the reflection from the features on land.

The other axis of symmetry is in the middle span of the triple arch bridge.

The bridge is aesthetically pleasing !