If you’ve never taken the drive up Highway 1 along the California coast, it may be difficult to imagine the spectacular sights you’ll see along the way.

Some of the more interesting images along the coast include the bridges that span the enormous canyons along the way.  Possibly the most famous bridge would be this one, The Bixby Bridge.  This bridge is a reinforced concrete open-spandrel arch bridge in Big Sur, California. The bridge is located 120 miles (190 km) south of San Francisco and 13 miles (21 km) south of Carmel in Monterey County along California Highway 1.  Prior to the opening of the bridge in 1932, residents of the Big Sur area were virtually cut off during winter due to the often impassable Old Coast Road that led 11 miles (18 km) inland.  At its completion, the bridge was built under budget for $199,861 and was the longest concrete arch span at 320 feet (98 m) on the California State Highway System.

This was only one of the many historic bridges along our drive.


Yes, I was clinging to the side of a cliff to capture this image!  The drop off was at least 20 stories.  But believe me, I kept a safe distance from the edge. 



~ by photographyfree4all on July 9, 2012.

4 Responses to “IMAGE OF THE DAY – The Bridge”

  1. Excellent shot of that bridge, Steve. 🙂


  2. Great shot. I love the vivid colors….hard to believe you’re so close to the ocean. So unlike Socal….I love it.


  3. Thanks. Bob! This is another shot that didn’t look promising…at first. But, I’ve learned to take the shot no matter what!



  4. The colors are amazing, Car54! Thanks for stopping by. You’re comments are always great!



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