Magestic Menai  

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Magestic Menai
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This is a view of Menai ( pronounced Men eye) bridge connecting the Isle of Anglesey to the main land of Wales. This was the first iron suspension bridge of its kind in the world, and was probably Telford`s most acclaimed achievement, yet it is only fair to say he would have received a lot of assistance from William Alexander Provis, who was the resident engineer. This was a massive improvement, not only for the people travelling to Ireland, but also to the locals, who for the first time could cross to and from the mainland without fear of perishing in the dangerous waters of the Menai Straits. To allow for the height of ships passing under the bridge, the criteria was that the bridge should have at least 100 foot of clearance from the span to the water. Building began with the stone pillars, the stone for which was quarried from Penmon quarry. Then the enormous task of lifting the 16 chains that would span the bridge started, these would be the main supports. In order to lift the central section of chain � weighing 23 and a half tons � it took 150 men using block and tackle. A large gathered crowd clapped thunderously as the connection was successfully made. The road surface of the bridge covers a distance of circa 579 foot.


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11/13/14 1:21 AM GMT
Good vantage point you chose BC. I was curious as to when it was built. I checked and it was 1826. Quite a feat for the day.
The water seems to be high in this shot.
Wonderful colors and lighting.


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People are like cameras--sometimes they lose focus.
11/13/14 7:26 AM GMT
I got nearly the same shot when there! got some great detail in this...and the history is welcome too!

Much better than the 'new one' eh
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"Never stop photographing. It is very likely that your best photograph has not yet been captured"> "You can observe a lot by just watching". - Yogi Berra
11/13/14 3:05 PM GMT
An amazing structure Jo and very beautifully photographed.
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Life is a Constant Audition
11/14/14 12:56 AM GMT
Great image taken from a great vantage point MFJ. I really liked all the detail in your narrative.
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"Horse sense is the thing a horse has which keeps it from betting on people." W.C. Fields. So I bet you'll go over to see My Gallery.
11/14/14 11:57 AM GMT
A fine capture of this amazing structure Jo. Built to last !
Enjoyed reading about it too.

I must have driven over it but can not remember. Need to come back and do it again :)

'Pont Grog y Borth'
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My thanks to all who leave comments for my work and to those of you who like one enough to make it a favourite. To touch just one person that way makes each image worthwhile. . . . . . . . . .. . . . "The question is not what you look at, but what you see" ~ Marcel Proust
11/14/14 6:46 PM GMT
I love your POV for this shot. The bridge looks amazing along with everything else.
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11/14/14 9:54 PM GMT
Love the stone arches, It has truly survived the test of times. Thanks for photographing and sharing this beautiful structure Jo, you did a wonderful job.

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11/19/14 12:21 AM GMT
Outstanding capture and such depth and colours
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