BHC Pic of the Week Nr. 67

It’s autumn and with that, the start of the time of year where the photos are at their best. With a combination of fall colors on trees, changing weather patterns between sun, storms and wind- ending up with snow and lastly long nights with long, bright color of the moon, one can come up with the best photos no matter where you go and what objects you are photographing.

This Pic of the Week is a prime example of it. This was taken in Jena in the German state of Thuringia three years ago. It was in September and it was a cold night. Yet with the super moon that happened during that time, it was irresistible to take the bike out there and get a few pics, including one of the bike itself with the lights on:


And this covered bridge in the village of Kunitz, located a kilometer from the city limits:



This bridge has a unique history along with the town of 400 inhabitants. The crossing over the River Saale is a replica of a covered bridge that was built in 1832. It survived over a century until the end of April 1945, when Nazi soldiers detonated the structure in an attempt to foil any attempts of the allies to encroach on Germany even further. Jena and Thuringia became part of the Soviet Zone after the war and instead of restoring the bridge, they constructed a concrete slab in 1947, which lasted 74 years. Still, locals worked together to preserve the memories of the bridge and took advantage of the expansion of the Saale Bike Trail by constructing the bridge’s replica in 2012. The bridge was erected on a new alignment, using the piers of a temporary bridge (Behelfsbrücke) used when the original crossing was being replaced. After the new bridge was opened, the covered bridge was built mimicking the original. The covered bridge today carries a branch of the Saale Bike Trail between Kunitz and the industrial area in Jena-Nord.

I took a lot of pics of the bridge with the Pentax but to do a bit of clean-up with the lighting, I doctored this one via Instagram: an oblique view with the moon rising from the eastern hills of the Saaletal and the weeds growing in the front of the bridge’s portal entrance. The brightness of the wood and vegetation was in part because of the lighting installed to provide safe passage at night. One could not imagine walking around Kunitz at night 15 years ago. Today, with a company of friends and/or family, it is safe to say that an evening walk is solely OK, photo opps with a good camera and graphic program is even better.

And as for the finished product like what is seen here, they speak for themselves. Happy Bridgehunting and happy Photoshooting! 🙂


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Information on the Kunitzer Hausbrücke, the official name of the covered bridge, can be found by clicking here. There is a restaurant between the two bridges on the banks of the River Saale which bears the bridge’s name and provides a great view of the River Saale and the town’s two bridges.



It’s Friday again! I can’t believe it. I also can’t believe it’s nearly September. And fall. Bring it on. Anyway, hope ya’ll have had a nice week. Oops-sorry, my Oklahoma roots just popped out for a sec. Well, better that than my gray roots, I suppose. 🙂 Today I want to show you Old Packhorse […]

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Imagine Bridges

Imagine Bridges

A little bridge genre to think about this week. Poetry can be really powerful and sexy, don’t you think? 🙂

One Woman's Quest

Connections, like bridges,
run between us –
no matter how subtle –
nations and individuals,
there is no divide…

Imagine if we acted
in this knowledge –
mindful and kind –
not so subtle the outcome,
I should think.

(For Ragtag Community’s daily prompt: subtle.  Image from personal collection.)

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BHC Pic of the Week Nr. 66


This week’s Pic of the Week takes us to the village of Morgenröthe-Rautenkranz, located along the Zwickau Mulde River in the Vogtland Region in the State of Saxony in eastern Germany. During a bike tour along the river in the Fall of 2017, where I went from Schneeberg to this village, I managed to lose myself from the Mulde Bike trail and ended up on the main highway, the B-283 leading to Klingenthal.  And it was a good thing I did for two reasons:

  1. I found the German Space Museum in the village, which was dedicated solely to the first German astronaut to reach outer space. Sigmund Jähn, who was born in the village in 1937, flew into space in the Soyuz Space Capsule on 26 August, 1978. The cosmonaut (which was the official term during the time of East and West Germany), spent over seven days and 20 hours in space, doing experiments and the like.
  2. Not far away from the museum there’s a two-span stone arch bridge spanning the Zwickau Mulde as one is leaving Jähn’s birthplace going towards Klingenthal. The bridge appears to have been built a century ago using brick stone but not in the neat order as a typical brick bridge, like the Göltzschtal Viaduct near Greiz. The bridge uses sandstone brick. It has a length of about 25-30 meters and a width of 4-5 meters. The bridge appeared to have had another layer of concrete added to the arches in the 1990s, but it didn’t stop officials and construction crews from building a new bridge on a new, but more straight alignment in 2006. The arch bridge remains in use as a bike and pedestrian bridge.

This sepian photo, taken in oblique form, shows the bridge in full, with the replacement bridge out of view on the left side. It can be taken as you face the village. A beautiful site taken just minutes before dusk settled in. If you can afford a bike with proper lighting that takes you home, like it was the case with mine, then you can afford such luxuries. However, it’s not advisable to risk it. If in doubt, the pic is much better in daylight. 🙂


The Bridgehunter’s Chronicles and sister column The Flensburg Files would like to pay tribute to Sigmund Jähn, who died on 21 September, 2019 at the age of 82. He is survived by his wife and two children. The Files has a Tribute to this legend who left not only just a mark in Germany. You can find the tribute by clicking here.

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Bridges over the Humber

Bridges over the Humber

Braman's Wanderings

Here at the Kingbridge Centre there are several hiking trail loops and one of them crosses over the Humber River.

bridge, Humber River, Kingbridge Centre, CanadaHere is one of the bridges that crosses over the river. I like the reflection of the bridge and sky in the river.

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Here is the view crossing the bridge. The bridge is not very long, but it is well made. At this point the Humber River is not too wide.

bridge, Humber River, Kingbridge Centre, CanadaIf you have one bridge over the river on a trail loop, then you need another one. This bridge is not as nice as the first one, but is a bit more rustic.

By the time I reached this bridge it was starting to get a bit dark as a storm was approaching. I hope to go back over this bridge next week.

Bridge over Humber River, Rowntree Park, Toronto, Canada, walk in the park

My good friends live about 20 miles south of here close to Rowntree Mills Park.


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Newsflyer: 16 September 2019

Quebec City Bridge. Photo by Martin St-Amant [CC BY-SA 3.0 (
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The Headines for this week (Details available per link):

Lawsuit against the State of Maine for its handling of a key historic bridge

Information on the Frank J. Wood Bridge:

Information on the Lawsuit:

Interview with the Chronicles:


Historic Bridge in Erfurt, Germany relocated to its third home for rehabilitation. Fourth home being sought.



Fire destroys historic bridge over the Colorado River at Parker, Arizona.

Info on the Bridge:



Historic Bill Thorpe Walking Bridge in Fredricton, New Brunswick getting new decking:



Canadian Government to reclaim the Quebec Bridge from Canadian National Railroad in an attempt to restore it

Information on Quebec Bridge:



Historic bridge in Sweden to be replaced.




Photo Flick 1989 Nr. 3: Oberbaumbrücke



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The third Photo Flick in connection with the Revolution 1989 is basically a throwback to 2010 and it takes us to the Oberbaumbrücke, which spans the River Spree on the east side of Berlin, between Friedrichshain and Kreuzberg. Built in 1896 under the direction of Otto Stahn, the bridge is one of Berlin’s key landmarks because of its gothic design. It’s a key crossing for subways (U-bahn) and car traffic. But it was one of the key symbols of division during the Cold War. From 1961 until the Fall of the Wall in November 1989, the concrete wall went right through the roadway portion of the bridge, and even though the structure was badly damaged and a truss span was built for U-bahn traffic, that track was barricaded shut, thus almost effectively halting passage to West-Berlin except through the border controls on the Kreuzberg side…

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Ronda – a Small Town with a BIG Bridge

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A Spectacular Sight

Puente Nuevo bridge is one of Spain’s most photographed sights, and after visiting there on our tour of Spain, it’s not hard to see why.  This medieval masterpiece towers 390 feet above the canyon floor. It’s an amazing feat of engineering made even more so by the primitive tools available at the time. Construction began in 1759 and took 34 years to complete.

A Bridge Too Far

The first attempt at building this bridge was in 1735. It had only one arch, was poorly constructed, and was thrown together in just 8 months. In 1741 it collapsed killing 50 people. The architects Jose Garcia and Juan Camacho, were no doubt out of business after this debacle.

The current bridge was built with longevity and safety in mind. With three upper arches and a lower-middle arch, this structure has stood the test of time.


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BHC Pic of the Week Nr. 65


This week’s Pic of the Week comes earlier than usual because of the Newsflyer podcast being moved later.  It’s also a throwback to almost a decade ago. There, together with Nathan Holth and Luke Gordon, we found this gem in Jefferson County, Ohio, near the border to Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

The Piney Fork Truss Bridge is located off Ohio State Highway 152, north of Dillonvale. It carries a private drive but can be accessed from the highway. The bridge is a Lattice girder pony truss bridge, which is the only one of its kind left in the USA which has an outrigger, which one normally finds  in a truss bridge with angled endposts. And while the bridge’s uniqueness and history can be explained further via website (click here), this side view was taken in August 2010 at the time of the Historic Bridge Weekend in Pittsburgh. The bridge’s setting is right in the middle of summer, only a couple weeks before the first leaves turned color. The pic was taken in the middle of the creek when water levels were low. Nevertheless, it was a one-in-a-bluemoon shot.

The bridge still stands to this day, unaltered and alone. But be rest assured the bridge will get a few visits as the forest will present their colors, just like the rest of the Appalachian region.


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Brunel’s Swivel Bridge in Bristol 170 Years Old This Year

Brunel’s Swivel Bridge in Bristol 170 Years Old This Year

In connection with the Newsflyer article on 9 September, here’s some more details on the Other Bridge in Bristol, built by Brunel and is the focus of a project to preserve and reactivate the bridge.

Tales From The Brazier's Grotto

This weekend (7th and 8th of September) in Bristol there was held a 170th Birthday Celebration at Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s Swivel Bridge that is also known as Brunel’s Other Bridge.

I am showing here some photos that I took of the bridge in April 2016 (please click the image to englarge) and giving some website links where you can study the bridge more.

But to understand what this is all about here are some key facts. The bridge was designed to carry traffic over the South Entrance Lock (Brunel’s Lock) in the Cumberland Basin. The bridge was brought in use on the 29th of October 1849. In 1872–1873 it was shortened and relocated to its present position over the North Entrance Lock. In 1968 the bridge was decommissioned when the new Plimsoll Bridge was constructed.

Source: Brunel’s Other Bridge. On this website there is also…

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