Roll on the summer, fed up with these grey rainy and windy days, want some sun.
This shoe was washed up on shore of the river Orwell in front of the Orwell bridge.
It would be a great front cover for a book, The Lost Green Shoe.
Joking aside, the bridge is a platform for a lot of suicides and on each end is a phone box with direct link to the Samaritans.
The Orwell Bridge was opened to road traffic in 1982 and carries the A14 (then A45) over the River Orwell just south of Ipswich in Suffolk, England.
The main span is 190 metres which, at the time of its construction, was the longest pre-stressed concrete span in use. The total length is 1,287 metres from Wherstead to the site of the former Ipswich Airport. The width is 24 metres with an air draft of 43 metres. Pilings were sunk 40 metres into the river bottom. The main contractor was Stevin Construction B.V. - a Dutch company.
Construction of the bridge commenced in October 1979 and was completed in December 1982. The main span was constructed by using a balanced cantilever technique, casting sections on alternating sides of the pier in a weekly cycle.
The bridge is constructed of a pair of continuous concrete box girders with expansion joints that allow for expansion and contraction. The girders are hollow, allowing for easier inspection, as well as providing access for services, including telecom, power and a 711mm water main from the nearby Alton Water reservoir. The necessary inspections still cause major disruption to traffic every six years; during the last inspection in the summer of 2005 the delays caused by lane closures and speed restrictions added between 30 to 60 minutes to journey times during the peak commuting periods.
The bridge design took into consideration the impact on the Orwell Estuary, as well as the needs of the Port of Ipswich. The location close to the Southern edge of Ipswich was chosen to be convenient for the industrial areas of the West Bank Terminal and Ransomes Industrial Estate on the eastern end. The bridge was set at an angle to the river to get the best relationship to the surrounding terrain.
The air draft of the central span was chosen to be as low as possible without adversely affecting port operations. Although some have said that the resulting hump affects visibility and road safety, there have not been enough incidents causing injury for the Highways Agency to identify it for greater detailed investigation and possible amendments. The consulting engineers were Sir William Halcrow and Partners. Frederick Gibberd Partners worked on the project to ensure the bridge was as sympathetic as possible to its surroundings, with the final design winning the approval of the Royal Fine Art Commission.
The Department for Transport funded the project and, partly because of the Bridge, paid for radars and cameras to be installed at the Port's Orwell Navigation Service to monitor the river and the bridge.
The bridge has become vital to Ipswich with over 60,000 vehicles using it per day, which is about 83% of its capacity. When the bridge is forced to close, either due to high winds or accidents, there is a significant impact on the urban road network, bringing many of Ipswich's roads to near-standstill. The bridge is expected to be running over capacity by 2015.
The bridge appears in the 1987 Cold War drama The Fourth Protocol, in which two RAF helicopters are shown flying under it.
Bridge bearing replacement works were carried out by Jackson Civil Engineering Ltd during a 52 hour closure of the North Deck, carrying the Eastbound A14, over the weekend of 11–14 February 2011. The new bridge bearings were designed and manufactured by the engineering company, Freyssinet Ltd. Info Wiki.
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jhm (141107) 2014-02-11 3:49
Sorry but I saw the green shoes on the last moment, I look always to the big bridge.
Very pleasant to look at.
Lovely perspective and depth picture, nice choice of your angle.
Nice picture with the river and long bridge.
Excellent composition, nice presentation.
Very well done, TFS.
Enjoy the day ahead,
rbassin (18939) 2014-02-11 3:57
un prise de vue bien cadrée, et bonne présence des chaussures vertes dans le premier plan.
Bel impact du pont qui traverse l'image,
serp2000 (40920) 2014-02-11 4:11
This shoe with acid colors looks some strange in the good balanced composition. Interesting daily life story, I also like to see the The Fourth Protocol. I don't know this movie. I will try to find this film in the Internet.
cornejo (33202) 2014-02-11 4:23
Hi Lain, very good view of this interesting viaduct over the river beautiful, very well captured with a great pov with nice photography. Interesting picture with good perspective of the bridge, good sharpness, depth, light and beautiful color. A great job well done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this beautiful work.
Good afternoon and happy week.
Best wishes from southern Spain.
annjackman (20237) 2014-02-11 4:28
The vivid green shoe makes this a great picture for me as it is so much more than a picture of a bridge. It asks questions as to why the shoe was there and who did it belong to?. Gorgeous quality throughout the image and a super crop.
Kind Regards, ann
holmertz (42683) 2014-02-11 6:21
The lost shoe is a funny choice of foreground for a shot of a large and impressive bridge, but it really provides a good connection between the distant bridge and our eyes. Our surprise at finding this odd and bright object in such an unexpected place almost makes it steal the show.
SnapRJW (31617) 2014-02-11 7:52
Hello Iain - The presence of the green shoe and the connection you make between it and the bridge in your note makes this tranquil scene rather disturbing. It's hard to think of this beautiful scene witnessing such desperate events. A great note to accompany your attractive shot. Warm regards Rosemary
ikeharel (59393) 2014-02-11 10:28
You made me smile, Iain, nice applied with the green-shoe washed ashore.
The bridge gave extra sense of depth on the view, and superbly shown in great clarity.
Blue sky aloft also marvelous element on.
jemaflor (86528) 2014-02-11 10:38
Good panoramic format and interesting depth with the view of the bridge, nice colors and light, well also the details in green.
ourania (33399) 2014-02-13 12:26
a beautiful, dynamic view of the long bridge in a very clear and attractive context. Before reading the first lines of your note I had made up a story about someone having kicked off his shoes to enjoy the cool water on a warm day. You are offering us a great opportunity to study the bridge with the help of a very thorough note. Your composition is solid, the textures natural and vibrant, the colours delightful. The sky makes a very rewarding backdrop. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely evening,
abmdsudi (44652) 2014-02-13 23:03
The composition caught my eye, a stunning long perspective and extensive depth in brilliant day light afforded by the spanning bridge stretching the eye to infinity. You are wise to include bit of green which helps to strengthen the anchor point to make all the diff. A shot with good details, texture, shades and colours, an inevitably impressive image yet simple, clinched by the impressive cotton clouds. Nicely done shot, Congrats
npecanhuk (67368) 2014-02-20 3:52
I really like the way you photographed that bridge!
Special regards are the slim horizontal format, chosen pov, composition and exposure!
TFS - congrats,