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Swinging Bridge

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 15 October 2019 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

Pontiac, Illinois has three unique swinging bridges for pedestrian traffic. All three bridges cross the Vermilion River. Although the wooden walkways on the bridges have been replaced many times, the ironwork on the bridges is original. Flooding has damaged the bridges often in the past, but the City always rebuilds them and makes them safe for pedestrians.

At first I wondered what was meant by swinging bridges, until I ventured onto the bridge. And when bicyclists came across the bridge from the other end, I nearly lost my footing due to the bridge's unsteadiness. After I got off the bridge, my legs felt like rubber bands. :-)

Photo captured August 4, 2019.

NIKON D7000 1/250 second F/4.0 ISO 125 39 mm (35mm equiv.)

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By Marie from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

This pretty bridge crosses a very green countryside that pedestrians must enjoy.

15 Oct 2019 5:06am

Martine Girard from Brest, France

Jolie vue sur le pont avec toute la verdure.

15 Oct 2019 5:06am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

Thanks for the explanation . . and the brave crossing !

15 Oct 2019 5:54am

Jypyä Pop from Turku, Finland

Fine view.

15 Oct 2019 6:09am

jpla from St Barthélémy, France

Ce n'est pas un pont pour moi

15 Oct 2019 7:08am

Anne from France

Très joli pont!

15 Oct 2019 7:32am

Pascale MD from Occitanie, France

Très belle la photo.
J'ai déjà eu l'occasion de traverser ce genre de pont, c'est vrai que c'est extrêmement déstabilisant dans tous les sens du terme.
Bonne journée Steven

15 Oct 2019 7:33am

Existence Artistique from Angers, France

bien cette passerelle

15 Oct 2019 8:01am

Shaun from Massachusetts, United States

Excellent look at this bridge Steven. Great scene and color.

15 Oct 2019 8:55am

Ralf Kesper from Fröndenberg, Germany

Nice old bridge.

15 Oct 2019 9:41am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

The ultimate version of the swinging bridge experience are the single track ones across mountain streams where you walk on a series of thin planks of wood holding on to the suspension cables . It is necessary to look down to make sure your feet stay on the plank, so everything you can see is in motion, from the thundering water below to the bridge which is swaying not only sideways but backwards and forwards and of course you, who are attempting to walk. The cheapest fairground ride I have ever been on :)
Nice capture of the bridge

15 Oct 2019 9:53am

The Yum List from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

There is something intriguing about bridges for me. Joining two sides of a river, community, friendship.

15 Oct 2019 10:30am

Rose from United States

I wonder if I would be that way with a swinging bridge now...they used to not bother me but things sure have changed with age.

15 Oct 2019 11:47am

Rick from Toronto, Canada

I love those types of bridges. Nice framing and setting for this one.

15 Oct 2019 11:59am

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Superbe pont dans la belle végétation verdoyante fantastique
Belle journée

15 Oct 2019 12:44pm

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

I hope no wind when I try the bridge.

15 Oct 2019 1:30pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

I know the feeling, having also been caught unaware on a swinging bridge. Beautifully composed view.

15 Oct 2019 1:49pm

Devi from Chennai, India

wonderful view..
lovely bridge here !

15 Oct 2019 2:34pm

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

Very beautiful composition and colors . I’m sure it would have had the same effect...

15 Oct 2019 3:03pm

Dreams come true from Utrecht, Netherlands

I can imagine those legs of elastic.
It seems scared to me.
Your photo is beautiful.
Thanks for your explanation.

15 Oct 2019 5:04pm

claudine/canelle from Lorient, France

Superbe , je ne sais pas si je serais détendue a le traverser

15 Oct 2019 5:34pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Sounds like you had quite a ride on the bridge! ;-) A beautiful image of this neat structure.

15 Oct 2019 6:32pm

tataray from Charentes-Poitou, France

Joli à travers la nature. C'est bien d'avoir essayé ce genre de pont, tu as eu du courage !... :))

15 Oct 2019 7:26pm

omid from mashhad, Iran

Amazing bridge!
Lovely colors.

15 Oct 2019 7:55pm

London Caller from United Kingdom

He he... It actually looks like a mini version of the Golden Gate Bridge.

15 Oct 2019 8:02pm

Don from Spokane, United States

The swinging Bridge makes a very good subject for this picture. very well done

15 Oct 2019 10:50pm

Harry from Apex, NC, United States

lovely greens under the pleasant blue sky. I like your framing, but some would criticize that trail in the lower right that leads right out of the frame and leaves that small island of grass/weeds isolated from the rest of the composition.

15 Oct 2019 10:55pm

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

Interesting shot. Don't see many of these.

16 Oct 2019 12:26am

Elaine Hancock from Olney, United States

The bridge is really beautiful. I am not sure that I would want to walk across it. Swinging like that is such a unsettling feeling!

16 Oct 2019 1:41am

jeanmadis from Chonburi, Thailand

Quelle aventure, que la traversée de ce pont piétonnier !

16 Oct 2019 9:14am

Remus from Portugal

Given this, crossing the bridge is an experience to repeat?

The place is very beautiful.

16 Oct 2019 3:30pm

sherri from Little Rock, Arkansas, United States

wow, it's been so many years since i've seen one

18 Oct 2019 11:37pm

Elizabeth Buckalew from Flagstaff, United States

Well that's just super cool!! Love your angle, here!

21 Oct 2019 2:32am