This last pic of the week for the year 2020 takes us home to Glauchau, where we got our first snowfall of the winter season last night on the 28th of December. The snowfall was later than usual but it made for a nice long walk to Grundelteich and back, visiting some places along the way and experimenting with night photos with the Canon EOS 250D, which I’ve had for almost a year now. I took advantage of the combination of snow and the moon, which was fighting through the clouds, and the street lighting and got a few notable pics. One was the Rosarium at the City Park next to the State Theater, the other two were of the wooden pedestrian footbridge at Grundelteich, which leads to the island and the memorial for Heinrich Carl Hedrich, the first person in Germany to have invented the underground canal drainage system. He was also an architect behind constructing the Diversion Canal Flutgraben, which bypasses Glauchau and protects the city from being flooded. The latter was constructed in response to the great flood of 1841, which devastated much of Glauchau and forced many reisdents and businesses to relocate up the hill. Much of Glauchau’s City Center, which includes the Shopping Mile and the three bridges to the Castle, consists of businesses that had once been located along the River Zwickau Mulde. You will find more info on the Flutgraben by reading up on Glauchau’s Bridge Tour Guide which you can see here.
This is my last Pic of the Week post for 2020. Beginning in 2021, we will be paying tribute to a fallen pontist. James Baughn, who was the webmaster of bridgeunter.com, died on December 6th while hiking near his home in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. Starting in January and lasting through the end of the year, we will feature his greatest bridge photos in the Pic of the Week series. That means once a week, we will showcase a bridge, which he photographed, and provide some facts about it. You can still see my bridge photos in my Instagram page, which you can click here and follow.
This is the first of three major items we will be doing to honor the person who compiled America’s largest bridge database, which is now being operated by Historic Bridge Foundation. The other two will be announced when the winners of the 2020 Bridgehunter Awards will be given out on January 23rd. You still have time to vote and if you want to access the ballots, click here:
Mystery Bridge & Lifetime Achievement: https://bridgehunterschronicles.wordpress.com/2020/12/07/2020-bridgehunter-awards-part-3-mystery-bridge-and-lifetime-achievement/
Best Kept Secret, Best Example of Restored Historic Bridge and Bridge of the Year: https://bridgehunterschronicles.wordpress.com/2020/12/09/2020-bridgehunter-awards-part-4-bridge-of-the-year-best-example-of-a-restored-historic-bridge-and-best-kept-secret-individual-bridge/
While we were not able to do much bridgehunting because of the Covid-19 pandemic this year, we really hope that the next year, 2021, will bring hope and healing to everyone who has been affected by the virus, from family members grieving over their lost ones, to neighbors who had to live alone, to the elderly who could not even see their families. Each and every single one of us was affected in one way or another. I really hope that lessons can be learned from this experience. My hope is that we put the care of the environment and other people (especially those who need our help) to the absolute forefront of all aspects in life, because our individualism, our strive for greatness without thinking of others, is what got us here in the first place. It’s time for unity and community to tackle the problems that we have ignored for so long- way too long to be frank.
And with that, I hope you all have a chance to reflect on this and think of many ways we can make the environment a better place to live in and help others who need us the most. I wish you the very best for 2021. Stay safe, get the shot and let’s start caring for what matters the most.
See you next year! 🙂