Friday, September 19, 2008

Thematic Photography #16 - Man and Nature

This photograph is of an old railroad bridge near St. Elmo, Colorado. The bridge in on the old Denver, South Park and Pacific narrow gauge line to Alpine Tunnel and beyond. This line was a marvel of engineering which may have proved its undoing. It was over engineered with fancy retaining walls and bridges which the more economically minded Denver and Rio Grande avoided. By taking time to build well the DSSP&P lost the race and the D&RG got all the business.

I like the way this bridge fits in the surrounding environment, but remember the natural surroundings have grown back after having been stripped to build the railroad.


Mark said...

That's interesting about the race to rail the west.

Cool, also, to see how well the bridge has held up through the years, despite Nature's chances to rebuild around it.

Livia Indica said...

Wow, I love this shot. The straight lines of the bridge, even the straight trees contrast beautifully with the wild, bushiness of the trees. Gorgeous.