August 14, 2014

Milwaukee Bridge

So there I was, cruising on the Milwaukee River one evening, munching on a lovely dinner and groovin' to smooth jazz, when I have this... epiphany.  It's a simple thought, but one hit me with the force of a thousand chipmunks: photography does not have to be about ducks.  Oh, don't get me wrong, ducks are fantastic things to photograph, just like pizza is a fantastic thing to eat, but man or Wonderduck cannot live on pizza alone... though I've given it a try once or twice in my life.  But I digress: photography.  Fortunately, the Milwaukee River has no lack of interesting things to take pictures of.  UNfortunately, my skill at capturing said things in picture form is limited, at best.  Still, it could have been worse:

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I found this half-span bridge endlessly fascinating as I couldn't quite figure out if it was designed to raise or not.  If so, it surely couldn't go very high, leading me to wonder if it wasn't something like part of a different bridge, salvaged and repurposed.  Guess I'll never know, but at least I got a good picture out of it.  Not easy to do on a bobbing boat and failing light.

Guess it's okay.

Posted by: Wonderduck at 01:04 AM | Comments (8) | Add Comment
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1 Aha!  I believe it's this one; the second photo is taken from almost the exact same angle as yours.  It's a swing bridge, apparently.  And you thought you'd never know!

Posted by: flatdarkmars at August 14, 2014 06:12 AM (0h1CL)

2 How did...?  Where in...?  WHY did you...?  HUH????

Posted by: Wonderduck at August 14, 2014 09:50 AM (8KjSa)

3 In order: the Internet, the Internet, the ducks made him do it, I dunno either.

Posted by: Mikeski at August 14, 2014 01:57 PM (luDkn)

4 ...dammit, I need to get a picture of a duck on one (or more) of our dizzying variety of local bridges.

Not the Fremont or Marquam, mind you, those are interstate freeway bridges and they're way the hell high up and nope nope nope.

Posted by: GreyDuck at August 14, 2014 02:20 PM (CUkqs)

5 Yeah, I Googled "Milwaukee bridges", which led me to bridgehunter.com (of course such a website exists!), and at that point there were really only a couple that looked at all similar to yours, so it was an easy find.  As for why... well, I had a few minutes to kill before leaving for work, and I like knowing random things.

Posted by: flatdarkmars at August 14, 2014 04:54 PM (0h1CL)

6 Wonderduck, considering the speed with which some of your readers retrieve such rare information, perhaps you should challenge them with something more useful, like asking for a cure for cancer, cheap endless energy, or the meaning of life...

Posted by: Siergen at August 14, 2014 05:12 PM (8/vFI)

7 Greyduck, the Fremont and Marquam bridges are the only two that don't have pedestrian access of some kind, all the others it should be easy enough to manage.  You could potentially wait for the annual bridge pedal, and get access to those two bridges then, completing the set.  Although Tilikum crossing won't open until fall of 2015, so you'd have to go back for that one later.

Posted by: David at August 15, 2014 12:23 PM (dr1tX)

8 David, don't you mean "Tilikum Crossing, The Bridge Of The People"?

*eyerolling reaches maximum RPMs*

But you're right, the bridge pedal would be the ideal time, though there are some other events which might suit as well...

Posted by: GreyDuck at August 16, 2014 11:45 AM (CUkqs)

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