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(September, 2004)

Edward Huff

Washington Bridge

Roger Howard

Colorado Street Bridge

Pasadena, California, USA

4:28PM Pacific Daylight Time, 19 September, 2004

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© 2004 Roger Howard, All Rights Reserved.

The Colorado Street Bridge was completed in 1913 to span Arroyo Seco, a gorge carved out of the San Gabriel Mountain Range. Now part of Pasadena, California, a beautiful town in Southern California near Los Angeles, Arroyo Seco was once a naturalists paradise, with President Theodore Roosevelt one of its many admirers. Approaching the bridge for photography can be a challenge as the few trails are not very accessible, and totally unmarked and steeply graded, but the hike is pleasant and the locations are serene.

The bridge itself is 1468 feet long and 150 high, made of reinforced concrete with a graceful curve necessitated by the difficult and unstable terrain it was built upon. Located directly off the 210 freeway, and within walking distance of the famous Rose Bowl, this bridge is an enduring icon in a metropolis that is renowned more for its rapid pace and continuing development than its preservation of heritage. Renovations were complete in 1994, and the bridge is now listed on various landmark registries and is set to stand tall for another 75 years.

Canon EOS-20D, Sigma 8mm, Kaidan QPIII; RAW processed in Photoshop CS with LensFix, stitched in PTMac, exposure blended in Photoshop CS, converted in CubicConverter

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