Good Morning Everyone,
My photograph, today, shows a very unusual, very old bridge. This is the Clam Bridge at Wycoller.
It is a single, large slab of stone which spans the beck. It is believed that this slab of stone was once a large standing stone (menhir) and was moved to accommodate the crossing.
The stone is dated to the Iron Age and, as such, is over 2,000 years old.
I took this photograph yesterday, early to mid morning. There was a curious mist lingering in Wycoller valley but occasionally the sun broke through. On such a moment, I managed to get a shot of the bridge. As you can see, the bridge is in dappled light whilst the fields and hills in the background are swathed in mist.
It created a very haunting atmosphere!
Have a lovely Sunday and thank you for visiting my photograph, Bev :-)
Latitude: 53.846300N Longitude: 2.098758W
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rbassin (23967) 2014-03-30 2:17
Une charmante prise de vue, belle combinaison des éléments en pierre avec l'eau.
snunney (103197) 2014-03-30 2:18
The misty atmosphere is very seductive. I like the point of view and the soft light and natural tones. The composition has a pleasing well-balanced feel. Bon dimanche!
photographer_sg (4414) 2014-03-30 2:36
This is a nice harmonious composition with the many foreground elements in fine balance. The light is special indeed and has given excellent clarity and lovely colours. The fields with the mist and sunlight forms a really pleasing backdrop.
The note is really an interesting and informative read.
Thanks for sharing and have a great Sunday.
sandpiper (6788) 2014-03-30 3:05
Great shot of this unusual bridge. Indeed the atmosphere is very evocative. Great composition and note
chrislo (4097) 2014-03-30 3:06
Did you walk on this bridge ? Even though the stone may look solid and firm, I have some concerns about its stability. This is a very pleasing composition, enhancing the perspective and the lovelyness of the place, with a good balance between the elements of the scenery. The image is pleasantly lit and has beautiful natural tones and good sharpness. Very interesting note, too.
Have a nice Sunday.
PaulVDV (30659) 2014-03-30 3:34
Now this certainly is an historical bridge. The stone looks very large and thick but judging by its shadow it's rather narrow to serve as a bridge.
Also the background looks interesting with the misty fields on the hill.
Very well composed.
Best regards, Paul
tyro (26138) 2014-03-30 3:37
I presume that this is what is sometimes referred to as a "clapper bridge", and how interesting that this huge stone was actually "recycled" after it had originally stood as a menhir!
Nice too that you have given us co-ordinates of this place so I was able to put your numbers into Google maps and see exactly where you were! But why not enter your co-ordinates in the little boxes on the TE upload page and then we can have a Google map pop up? If you do that, of course, you will need to put a "-" sign in front of your longitude reading.
Anyway, Bev, this is a delightful photograph in which the lighting from the side has brought out some lovely colours and textures in the rough and ready stonework and the vegetation which is taking it over. And all against a beautifully misty background where we can just see some evidence of the distant hills. Fine colours, perfect composition and exposure and excellent details and sharpness.
carlo62 (51994) 2014-03-30 4:04
incredibile questa pietra, è enorme, posizionarla in questo modo non deve essere stato facile.
Come dici nel titolo, l'atmosfera è molto bella e tipicamente inglese.
Ottima esposizione per un bellissimo risultato.
jhm (156446) 2014-03-30 4:53
2000 year old this is absolutely extraordinarily, but a very strong bridge for pedestrians
These picture is wonderful as architecture and nature picture.
Very nice captured and lovely composition, good presentation too.
Sharpness and clarity be superb.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice Sunday,
Sergiom (84337) 2014-03-30 5:27
J'aime beaucoup le point de vue sur le petit pont qui traverse dangereusement le petit ruisseau. Il semble bien glissant avec tout ce vert de gris. On ressent bien le courant .
Kamilutka (8107) 2014-03-30 7:01
interesting place and indeed taken in quite specific atmosphere, which however suits it very well. I like this delicate light on the bridge which highlights the stones and adds some warm tones to them. The misty fields in the background are good settings for the scene and compliment the composition.
Very natural and lovely colors and well chosen POV.
Thanks for sharing and enjoy your Sunday
Noel_Byrne (32500) 2014-03-30 9:25
That mist and light combination does create a very mystical feel to your shot, and to think this is 200 year old standing stone! Certainly a novel use.
It dates from a time when man was closer to the heartbeat of the earth, and that comes across well in this, as there are fine earthy tones. I think I can smell the moss from this fine image.
All the best
abmdsudi (56288) 2014-03-30 9:44
If only this two thousand year old slab of stone can talk ...
What a shot with a sense of time and history about it and here is certainly a wealth of fine detail to see and the amazing 'bridge' still in use to-day proudly spanning the healthy stream. Thks to your narratives making us appreciate this shot even more giving us a real feel of the location. It's nicely framed and arranged with excellent use of subtle light and the range of tones is impressive. It's the shape & textures of the stones and its tranquil surroundings that make this for me! and almost can feel the breath of time. You have captured that impression the best possible way in this timeless shot that speaks volumes. Fabulous and TFS
cornejo (44607) 2014-03-30 10:31
Hi Bev, very good photograph of this beautiful and interesting composition with the old bridge, beautifully captured in this interesting image with good sharpness, beautiful and interesting light and color. Very good and interesting job well done, congratulations. Thanks for sharing this beautiful work.
Good evening and happy start to the week.
Warm greetings from southern Spain.
boa (7543) 2014-03-30 12:43
it is with a big interest i watch pictures like this. I have been fascinated of old architecture/construction
for a long time and the people who have made this solid construction deserves a lot of respect! I like the natural color tones and your fine angle to the bridge, tfs!
Have you walked over the bridge?
saxo042 (37908) 2014-03-30 12:53
A very interesting bridge, just imagine using such an old menhir and making some good use of that stone. You could probably build a strong bridge with those stones at Stonehenge, if you had a need to cross a river. A very fine picture.
jcpix (13930) 2014-03-30 14:36
Anything that old should be haunted! Amazing to think this stone is that aged, I wouldn't give it a day over a thousand years old...looks great! :)
Quite a peculiar and very intriguing bridge, like Stonehenge...makes me wonder how it ended up like this, and who were the poor souls that had to move this big slab?
Love that background mist and soft sun, highlighting portions of the foreground, it all has a mysterious vibe surrounding this rather peaceful scene...as if something completely unexpected is about to take place...you know, like a polar bear comes wandering through the scene, lost and looking for snow!? ha Sorry, just my strange imagination. ;)
Very well balanced (pun intended) composition to compliment your usual detail and lovely textures. Have a great new week. All the best.
Corry (4508) 2014-03-30 20:48
Belle prise de vue de ce vieux pont de pierre. La lumière permet de bien apprécier l'endroit. Note intéressante. Bien fait.
Romano46 (18472) 2014-03-31 10:19
uno scorcio molto poetico colto in maniera perfetta per esaltarne tutta la particolare poesia che esso emana.
Sembra di essere tornati indietro nel tempo a quando qualche popolo ingegnoso costruì questo particolare passaggio sul torrente.
Coloridelicati ed un contrasto appropriato completano a perfezione la fotografia.
Ciao e buona settimana
Silvio1953 (148375) 2014-03-31 12:41
Ciao Bev, lovely composition with beautiful old bridge, I never see before something like this, wonderful pastel colors, excellent clarity and splendid light, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio
nikkitta (17066) 2014-03-31 15:06
Impresive a bridge made with a so old stone and it being a menhir, must be good to cross it
Also your oomposition is a good one with the path at the back
Like the soft colors of the capture showing some green, Winter is going
adramad (47624) 2014-04-01 13:10
A wonderful composition, where nature is shown correctly and the rusticity of the big stone bridge crossing the river, gives a special charm, the branches of the trees, bare of leaves, silhouetted against the sky, they give a nice graphics.
Very good brightness and sharpness, with beautiful colors.
Well seen and done better. I Like
Have a good day.
mkamionka (39111) 2014-04-02 2:15
lovely composition of nature combined with some human interference. The latter adds some interesting geometry here. I like the foreground on the right hand side with some plants and rocks.
Very well seen and captured,
ikeharel (74701) 2014-04-02 8:53
Some 2 mileniums ago someone had the initiative to drag a big stone, flat surface, and mount it across the creek, Beverly - what an elaborated decision on this technical challange... my humor only.
Anyway, a fine taken picture, with light taht managed nicely and allocated image space.
mcmtanyel (25558) 2014-04-17 21:34
I hope you don't mind me going through your photos in no particular order. You have so many excellent photos that I can't decide where to look! I chose to comment on this today because the bridge looked older than ancient and your note proved me right. The lingering mist in the distance adds a lovely mood.
adores (46079) 2014-04-26 16:21
It's not very common to see a bridge like this one, but I guess it was common to use the slabs and even the dolmens for other purposes. Here, some dolmens have been inhabited or even transformed into churches. It's a good shot, with a good pov, light and sharpness!
- Copyright: Beverley Robinson (Royaldevon) (40988)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2014-03-29
- Categories: Nature, Architecture
- Camera: Nikon D-300, NIKKOR AF-S 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G ED DX
- Exposure: f/5.6, 1/125 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Views Around Trawden [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2014-03-30 2:07