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(June 15–24, 2012)

Richard Crowest

Bayham Abbey

Jim Cole

Hoffman Covered Bridge

Linn County, Oregon, USA

June 16, 2012, 17:10 UTC (10:10 am local time)

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Built in 1936, this is the Hoffman covered bridge over Crabtree Creek. Covered bridges are common in this part of the country; in fact, Oregon has the largest collection in the West. The ready supply of timber led naturally to the use of wood as primary construction material, and the frequently wet weather led to the practice of covering bridges in order to increase their useful life. Both of these characteristics relate to local conditions that largely influenced the history and culture of the region, and so reflect some elements of the area's heritage.

This particular bridge spans a local fishing spot, and sometimes people can be seen sitting on the window edges, dangling fishing lines into the river below. Although there's little traffic in the area now, the bridge is still used. However, during the two visits I made here for this picture, I never saw another car.

For more background, see this.
Nikon D300, Nikkor 10.5mm fisheye, Nodal Ninja 5, PTGui, Pano2VR, Photoshop

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