Graceful Ha'penny Bridge Over River Liffey
Mark E Tisdale
Photograph - Photo
The first time I saw the Ha'Penny Bridge in Dublin, I didn't know it was historically significant, but I knew it was a work of art. I love the graceful lines of this old bridge that connects Lower Ormond Quay with Wellington Quay in the heart of old Dublin.
The bridge, it turns out, is a true Dublin Landmark. It's the oldest iron bridge in all of Ireland. When it first opened, it was a toll bridge, and yes, you paid half a penny to cross it. That toll went out of existence around a century ago. Despite the fact the bridge is officially the Liffey Bridge, people still refer to it as the Ha'penny bridge in reference to the long ago toll.
Like me, you may not have known the history of this heritage bridge when you stood there, but I bet you admired it, too, eh? I love the soft colors in this winter scene. There was just enough light to create some nice reflections in the water's surface. But if I had to pick a favorite part of this photo, check out the nearest lamp over the bridge. That's not an ornamental bird, it was roosting there while I composed this. There's something about that bird and the pedestrians crossing that brings real life to this winter scene in Dublin, Ireland.
November 3rd, 2012
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