Thursday, November 14, 2013

Sky Dragons and a Million Dollar Bridge


When the Theodosia Bridge was completed in 1952, it was called "The Million Dollar Bridge". A few years ago, the government mandated that the old paint be removed and replaced with one that was more environmentally friendly, and the new paint job cost more than it did to build the bridge.  The material didn't hold up as well as the original, and it's slated to be painted again soon.  They're estimating four million this time.


Bridge over Bull Shoals Lake at Theodosia, MO


Aside from all of that, it certainly looked like a Four Million Dollar bridge this morning,
enveloped in sun-lit fog.
The breeze was constantly changing the formation of the fog, 
swirling it to form hawks and dragons...


Bridge over Bull Shoals Lake at Theodosia, MO


before the sun started to burn its way through, casting its gold on the water.




A window in the fog revealed distant hilltops.




Nearby, a fisherman had parked his boat and trailer, and was out on the chilly water, 
but in this particular spot, it was only God and me 
and a lone gull, soaring over the bridge.

It wasn't a bad way to start the day.


Fog on the Theodosia Bridge


I headed home through the fog, and contrary to appearances, 
the other end of the bridge was still in place.

Priceless.





Linking with Weekly Top Shot
and Skywatch Friday


27 comments:

Lea said...

Amazing photos!
Happy Sky Watching!
Lea

ladyfi said...

Wow wow and more wow! Gorgeous shots.

jyothisdayout said...

Super gorgeous captures. :)

Lina Gustina said...

Those are breath taking shots.

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Spare Parts and Pics said...

Incredible photos... I really like them! But $4MM to paint a bridge!!?

Margaret Adamson said...

Hi Connie. Wonderful magical photos. love the last shot that you don,t know what is beyond the fog. 4 million on a bridge when the people of the Phillipians have nothing at the moment. Something wrong with our world!

Terri Buster said...

Beautiful photos..and that price is just downright insanity.

Beth @ E. Lizard Breath Speaks said...

would enjoy seeing that bridge in person. always a fan of any type of bridge. love the fog. ( :

happy Friday.

Nancy Claeys said...

Love that first image -- it's so important to keep our infrastructure in good repair -- but the cost is unbelievable!

pens and needles said...

Million dollar images....

Kerri Farley said...

WOW..... awesome shots!

LV said...

Amazing fog show. Fog is dangerous, but it can create pretty sights.

Amy Burzese said...

The second shot is especially beautiful.

Share my Garden said...

Those first photographs are absolutely stunning. Makes you wonder what marvels must be at the other side of the bridge!

Lisa Gordon said...

Connie, these are pure magic.
Beautifully captured!
Have a wonderful weekend!

Brian King said...

Wow, what fantastic shots! Love the fog!

Madge Bloom said...

Yes, I'll say, THAT is one gorgeous shot.. the warmth of the sun coming through the fog and the bridge emerging looks mysterious! Amazing that the maintenance cost more than the original construction cost...

Sandra said...

Wonderful shots of the fog of that four million dollar bridge! The first image is mysterious and the second one so lovely with the reflections.
I love the four different shots of the seagull disappearing into the golden mist. The image that strikes me the most is the last one! I thought I was looking down an amazing shaft and then I read your words!
Have a wonderful weekend!

S. Etole said...

Such great images and it is fun to see the transition of the light.

Marco Luyken said...

Hey Connie,
What a wonderful shots you show here. Amazing these colors with fog by this wonderful bridge.
You've photographed this very well.

Many greetings and have a good sunday,
Marco

Ginx Craft said...

What great photos. Last one is really quite spooky.

bailey-road.com said...

Wonderful shots of the bridge in the fog!

Madge Bloom said...

Thank you for coming by sharing your creative photography on the Weekly Top Shot, #109!

Linda W. said...

Wowza! Your first two photos are amazing! Fog is a great photo subject. Thanks again for visiting my blog.

Cathy H. said...

Stunning fog images! I love the light in the first two and the mysterious look of the last one!

Mary Howell Cromer said...

Priceless is right! Between His gift and your seeing it and capturing it and sharing the beauty, absolutely stunning images...loved them all~

Lui said...

Oh Connie, what magical shots! Truly inspiring! Have a great week ahead! ;-)