Thursday, November 6, 2008

Skywatch Friday - Grey Skies in November

As always, please click on the photos to enlarge.

Now over 75 years old, the venerable Burrard Bridge is one of Vancouver’s true landmarks. This stunning structure, the ceremonial entrance to both downtown Vancouver and False Creek, has been evaluated as an 'A' on the City's Heritage Register. The Burrard Bridge, with its sculptural details, including intricately decorated towers and entrance pylons with flaming torches - a tribute to Canadian World War I Prisoners of War - is one of the only pure Art Deco bridges in the world. Opened in 1932, the bridge has remained substantially intact, except for the removal of its original light fixtures.
I took this shot of the bridge from Granville Island, a small island and shopping district located in False Creek under the Granville Street Bridge. Once an industrial area in the city, it's now a popular destination for locals and tourists who appreciate the fresh fruits and vegetables at the public market, boating, and theater. This is a typical, grey November day in my fair city.
To check out other SWF photos, click on Skywatch Friday on my sidebar. Join in or just simply enjoy the sights as you hop from blog to blog.
This photo isn't mine, but it shows some of the Art Deco detail of the bridge that I thought you all might appreciate.




31 comments:

Texas Travelers said...

I have been over most of the bridges in your beautiful city.

Great photo and narrative.

Troy and Martha

Melissa's Cozy Tea Time Readings said...

Love that whole area. Great shot. happy swf.

Photo Cache said...

I believed I have crossed this one. You live in a beautiful city.

Annie said...

Thanks Leslie...lovely old bridge! The sky looks wet!

Annie

Louise said...

Beautiful sky and water. Cool bridge!

ellen b. said...

That's one great looking bridge. You captured some serious looking clouds too :0)
Have a good weekend Leslie...

Migs CFL fan said...

Your doing your city proud. Great shots as alwasy. Thanks for sharing!

Cheers!
Regina In Pictures

Deborah Godin said...

Great photos - one of my favorite places, too!

babooshka said...

What an interesting design on that bridge, and under such dramatic grey skies too.

Your EG Tour Guide said...

It sure is a pretty bridge, Leslie. Art Deco, eh?

Pearl Maple said...

Great photos combining the details of a beautiful old bridge and the skies at your place. You do know how to show the area off at its best. Thanks for sharing with us all in Sky Watch Friday.

Jeanne said...

Love the greys in your shot. Beautiful image and great information.

Island Rambles Blog said...

I have never seen a close up of the bridge before like that...really nice shots. thanks for visiting my blog and yes we had heavy rain today.

2sweetnsaxy said...

Nice shot. I don't cross many bridges down my way. Thanks for the info on the bridge. :-)

mannanan said...

What a different but fantastic looking bridge. thanks for posting.

SandyCarlson said...

An increditble bridge!

Ms. Hays said...

Check out the clouds in that 1st photo - Great capture! And a beautiful day shot in the 2nd one!!!

Firefly said...

Great bridge. Typical North American I would say. I would really like to visit Vancouver one day so I find all you posts about the city and surrounding areas very interesting.

antigoni said...

Beautiful photos. Excellent post!

RuneE said...

I found that bridge immensely interesting - it seems to be full of lovely details. Maybe you could do another post on that one day?

PS Thank you for the comment about our blue sky - today, however it is like yours - grey :-(

Greyscale Territory said...

Your bridge has amazing detail! And love those billows of cloud above the bridge! Adds artistic drama to the whole landscape!

MumbaiiteAnu said...

Beautiful bridge and interesting information. We don't have many bridges in Mumbai.

Catherine said...

I prefer watching that wonderful building and your Sky than the color of water.
The bridge is fantastic with its steel framework.

John said...

Very nicely framed photos, Leslie!

Life with Kaishon said...

I love this picture! The sky looks so beautiful here! Like it is parting! : ). I imagine you were a wonderful teacher!

Brit' Gal Sarah said...

Leslie, it's like the sky is opening above this wonderful old bridge

Lily Hydrangea said...

what a beautiful sky along with a unique bridge. very informative post, thanks. Happy skywatch!

Aileni said...

It is weird to think art deco is that old.

Arija said...

Yes it is really a nice bridge, about the same age as our Sydney Harbour Bridge. I love the sky above it to.

Quiet Paths said...

I just love your fair city and have been over that bridge (probably many times in my life). Thanks for the great shots.

marina said...

Maybe the sky there is grey but we see a bright sun here! Come and visit my blog! Something good is there for you!