Several nights ago, one of the camera clubs I belong to decided to have a "photo walk" and meet on Lindsey Bridge.
Considering that the group has not met "in person" since February, this was definitely the meeting not to be missed.
Let me tell you a bit about Lindsey Bridge.
This bridge is one of the rarest types of concrete bridge, a cantilevered concrete arch bridge. It does not function as a true arch, in fact at the center of each arch span there is a small physical gap in the bridge, allowing each half of the bridge span to function as a cantilever out from the pier. On top of that, the arch design consists of two solid ribs, with transverse floorbeams under the deck. It could technically be thought of as a cantilevered concrete curved deck girder bridge. The Vachel Lindsay Bridge retains excellent historic integrity, and the structural integrity is excellent too. The cantilever design remains unchanged and unaltered. It is one of the finest and most historically significant concrete bridges in Illinois built in 1933/1934.
By the way a little hint.....the name Lindsey comes from Vachel Lindsey the famous American poet founder of "singing" poetry".
He was born here in Springfield.
Died here in Springfield.
So.....lots of "Lindsey" references in the area.
(And you thought Abraham Lincoln was the only thing that made us famous).
Capturing sunset around the bridge as well as the encompassing area was our main goal.
So you ask....where is the bridge located? OK maybe you don't ask because you don't care but, me being me, I am going to tell you.
Lindsey Bridge is located on Lake Springfield....
4200-acre reservoir is the largest municipally owned lake in Illinois. Lake Springfield is a major central Illinois recreation center offering boating, fishing, and water sports. The 57 miles of shoreline includes over 735 residential sites, eight public parks, and several public boat docks and launches. The lake was created, at a cost of $2.5 million (in 1930s dollars), as a source of water for Springfield and to provide coolant for the City Water, Light & Power coal-fired electrical generating plant. It has also served as a focus of local recreation. High-powered motor boats are allowed on much of the lake, and the lake is known for warm-water fish.
Just so you know....I had no intentions of capturing this photo because the "dock" that lead to this site was bouncing a mile a minute (the water was on steroids) but Leon dared me, and dare I took, and the above is the result.
Then I moved on to different angles and sights.
As the sun set, so did the colors.
And so a perfect evening was terminated by the perfect capture (in my opinion).
After all, photography is subjective 😂
Fine you didn't like that one....let me give you my favorite from this outing.
And so goes
another ... 😶