Weekly Photo Challenge: geometry

Geometry. This challenge is about the shapes and rhythms that make up the geometry of our world. For other entries CLICK HERE

The first thing that came to my mind were the bridges of our Oregon Coast:

Nearly all the bridges shown here were designed by an engineer named Conde B. McCullough in the early 1900s. Before the bridges were built, people relied on ferries to cross the many rivers flowing into the Pacific. Oregonians are rather proud of their unique Art-Deco bridges. If you wish to learn more, there’s an interesting site put together by the Oregon Department of Transportation HERE

… again, click on a picture for the slideshow

45 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: geometry

    • Seems we Oregonians do love our bridges and we have so MANY of them with all our rivers everywhere. There is the one at the mouth of the Columbia that I find a bit daunting.


      • And given the splendor of the ones I have seen thus far, on your site and with the link that you provided, it seems that you have good reason to be so proud of them…. Maybe you could tackle a bit of your dauntedness (?) the next time you’re up in that neck of the woods and bring back some lovely photos. 😉


    • Luckily we seem to be rather proud of our lovely bridges, so they may have a chance of sticking around. All of these, along with some 500+ others, were built by a Scott named McCullough. There was just one in the series that apparently suffered too much corrosion and had to be replaced… but there, too, they used a design that resembled the original …. that was one in the middle of the three larger images.


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    • Thanks. The best ones are those that seem to fall together naturally (as in this case). I do need to take some time to figure out how to caption them in gallery or slideshow though. Maybe next time…


    • Thanks, Phil. It always seems to come as a surprise to me when I come up with something that fits. But the bridges and their bits and pieces have always fascinated me.


    • Thanks, Ingrid. I have this tendency to snap wherever I go…. so quite often have these tidbits that seem to fit into the theme. The funny part is that each week when the theme is announced, I always wonder how on earth I’ll come up with anything, but then I start scrolling through my many (MANY) images and usually come up with something.


  2. Wonderful! – in more ways than one – the angles, and time tken to find them – a halmark of your photography, but also the sheer quality, and putting them together like this sows the patterns – the similarities in style…then…I though to myself, …now wait a minute, these bridges really come across as Scottish in design, both classical and ”Glasgwegian art-decor” style. I read through your caption, and sure enough, I see a Mr ”McCullough” designed, a true Scot if there ever was one! Material used looks to be excellent quality too.


    • I blush at the extravagant compliments. Our beloved McCullough designed and built over 600 bridges in Oregon. We’re rightly proud of his ”Glasgwegian art-decor” style. The materials used undoubtedly were of excellent quality, but up against our salty, foggy coastal climate the steel reinforcements have suffered some corrosion. Can’t seem to find the reference at the moment, but they’ve come up with some sort of treatment to protect the aging bridges….. except for the one the engineers opted to replace in 1991. That would be the middle one of the three larger images – with the long concrete span and the one arch as a token nod to McCullough’s style. If you’re interested, there’s a nice site dedicated to our “Mac” – which includes a shot of the original Alsea Bridge and gives a nice telling of this topic- both him and his bridges. http://cce.oregonstate.edu/about/history/mac/index.htm


  3. I do love me bridges . . . they give the illusion of transition, of moving forward . . . of leaving stuff behind.

    Often, they are just a destination to more of the same stuff, but still . . .

    Great shots. Is one of them of the bridge at the mouth of the Columbia?


    • Thanks, Emilio. I did try to add captions, but got lost in the gallery/slideshow particulars. I haven’t done much wandering up around Astoria (at the mouth of the Columbia), so I couldn’t include that one. My set covers most of the bridges between Newport and Gold Beach. The first one (my favorite for beauty and symmetry) is Newport; 2 thru 6 are different views of the bridge over the Rogue River down by Gold Beach; the two small bridges are somewhere between Newport and Florence; the long one with the single arch is at Waldport; the remaining five are closest to home at Coos Bay/North Bend.


    • Thank you, Chilly. All the curves and angles seemed to be just the thing for a geometry theme. My favorite is the very first one in Newport. The bridge closest to me is the one in the last five shots… I’ve managed to get that one from a lot of different angles. The midsection was built pretty high up to accomodate some good-sized ships without having to disrupt traffic.


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