The theme for this week's Friday My Town Shoot Out is bridges. As I set out to look for bridges in our part of the county, I was thoroughly disappointed because they were pretty innocuous (actually, most of them were downright ugly!).
This one, for example, is nothing to write home about! It's totally utilitarian!
BUT, during this search, I realized that hidden under those utilitarian structures were gorgeous sites worth stopping for. The photos below were what I found looking down from the bridge in the photo above.
And when I looked down from this bridge ...
... this was what I found ...
I was struck by how beautiful the river was, so I went off the road down to the river for a closer look.
In the photo below, you can see that the water was flowing gently over a large smooth surface before crashing down a drop, creating a small rapid. I love the juxtaposition of these two images. Before the drop, the reflections on the water gave the impression that the water was stagnant; but the rapid that followed showed that the water was actually flowing at a fast pace.
And then the river twisted and swirled around boulders as it rushed further downstream on the other side of the bridge.
Thanks to the Friday My Town Shoot Out theme, I realized that when driving in the countryside, especially through mountains and valleys, I should take my time and leave my car windows down. By doing that, I would be alerted to the existence of beautiful lively streams rushing beneath me.
Next time you drive through the country,
especially the mountains and valleys,
make sure to take your time and listen.
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