Gateshead Millennium Bridge — Wow!

Pittsburgh PA, you have met your match. Newcastle, England, like you, is a city of bridges and a former coal and steel center making a successful transformation into a technology center with an entrepreneurial spirit.

This innovative pivoting pedestrian bridge is a great symbol of the new Newcastle. Admire the Gateshead Millennium Bridge connecting pedestrians on the wharfs of sister cities Newcastle and Gateshead. These are two university towns with an abundance of pubs, many of them taking full advantage of the riverside waterfront.

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Gateshead Millennium Bridge on a summer day connects the wharfs in sister cities Newcastle and Gateshead, England.

The pedestrian bridge closes to foot traffic and pivots, lowering the high arch and raising the lower arch when a large vessel needs to pass through. Have you ever seen a bridge like this?

Walking the Brooklyn Bridge

Next week, I’ll be back in the Big Apple, and I’m looking forward to seeing New York’s iconic sights again. Looking back at the images I have made in past years, I came across this 2013 black and white photograph that celebrates the geometry of the Brooklyn Bridge.

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While walking across the Brooklyn Bridge, I looked up and noticed the patterns made by the cables.

This style is a departure from the vibrant sunsets and colorful birds I have been shooting in Florida, but this subject begs for black-and-white interpretation with its emphasis on pattern.

Next week, I’ll wander no farther than Central Park with my young grandchildren, newborn and not yet 2. But Central Park in the Spring is something special. Stay tuned!

 

Iconic Big Sur

Some days you are just plain lucky, and the Pacific coast fog takes a day off. The day we drove south of Monterey and Carmel-by-the-Sea was a special sunny day. As we looked south toward the bridge, we could see for miles along the rocky Pacific coast.

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How lucky can you be to drive Big Sur on the California coast on a sunny September afternoon?

Stay tuned to this blog to see more photographs of the beautiful California coast from my recent trip. I will share lots of ideas to help you plan your next trip.

Ponte Vecchio, Florence

Florence, Italy is a popular travel destination for many reasons: the wonderful architecture of the Duomo (enormous domed church), the medieval¬†Ponte Vecchio, the art in the Uffizi Museum, the delicious Italian cuisine and the surrounding Chianti vineyards. You can’t describe it one sentence or see it all in one day.

However, if you visit for one day of your Italian holiday, be sure to enjoy the Ponte Vecchio, or “old bridge.” This covered bridge dating from Roman times is lined on both sides with gold and art shops now, formerly¬†butcher shops. Thankfully, it was spared from bombing in World War II, so we can enjoy walking it as well as photographing it from the shore.

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Ponte Vecchio, Firenze, Italia

Planning a trip? Stay tuned for more travel tips and photos of Rome and Tuscany. If you are savoring your own memories, consider buying one of my prints to decorate your home or office.