Photo Project #16: Black & White

On his blog, „Mannis Fotobude„, Manni has again called for participation in another, this time the sixteenth, photo project of his. This time the subject is Black & White“. I’ve always thought that steel bridges with their structures lend themselves quite nicely to rendrings in black and white. Here now is my contribution to Manni’s project, a picture of the Big River Crossing Bridge across the Mississippi in Memphis/TN:

Fotoprojekt #16: Schwarz/Weiß

Auf seinem Blog „Mannis Fotobude“ hat Manni einmal mehr zur Teilnahme an einem weiteren, seinem sechzehnten, Fotoprojekt aufgerufen, dieses Mal zum Thema „Schwarz/Weiß“. Ich war schon immer der meinung, dass sich stählerne Brücken mit ihren Strukturen ganz besonders für die Wiedergabe in Schwarz/Weiß eignen. Hier ist nun mein Beitrag zu dem Thema, ein Bild der Big River Crossing Brücke über den Mississippi in Memphis/Tennessee:

Big River Crossing, Memphis/TN

Reaching Out a Helping Hand

Eine ausgestreckte helfende Hand

Tommy Lee
A Helping Hand

On May 8, 1925, Tom Lee, a Memphis roustabout, just happened to be near in his little boat when the steamer M.E. Norman capsized on the Mississippi. He managed to save 32 people from drowning, and in his honour a monument was put up in a park at the Mephis riverside, named „Tom Lee Park“ after him.

Am 8. Mai 1925 war Tom Lee, ein Hafenarbeiter aus Memphis, zufälligerweise mit seinem kleinen Boot in der Nähe, als der Dampfer M.E. Norman auf dem Mississippi kenterte. Er schaffte es, 32 Personen vor dem Ertrinken zu retten, und zu seinen Ehren errichtete die Stadt Memphis ein Monument im nach ihm benannten „Tom Lee Park“ am Ufer des Mississippi.

Two more pictures here:

Hier noch zwei weitere Bilder:

Dogleg Bridge

As mentioned in my previous posting, the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge is quite unique as it has a dogleg [20-degree bend] right in the middle:

A Bridge with a Dogleg

The reason for this unique feature: the planners had to allow for

  • a 90-degree angle for barges passing underneath, directly into or with the flow of the Mississippi, and
  • putting the foundations on solid rock.

For more information about this bridge check out „RailTrailsRoadTrip – Day 7 [ Old Chain of Rocks Bridge]“ in my blog „Pit’s Fritztown News„.


Part of the Old Route 66

The Old Chain of Rocks Bridge, crossing the Mississippi above-river of St. Louis, linking Missouri and Illinois. In the olden days the famous Route 66 lead  over it, and today it’s part of the fantastic (bicycling-) trails in the vicinity of St. Louis:

Old Chain of Rocks Bridge, Missouri Side

For more about my day on the trails around St. Louis/MO and Collinsville/IL, and about these fantastic rail trails, check out  „RailTrailsRoadTrip – Day 7“

in my blog „Pit’s Fritztown News„.

Clouds, Water and Grass

Riverfront in Grafton/IL, the bank of the Mississippi:

Bank of the Mississippi

For more about that day along the Mississippi, check out „RailTrailsRoadTrip – Day 6“ on my Blog „Pit’s Fritztown News„.

Homes with a View

Riverfront houses in Grafton/IL on the bank of the Mississippi:

Mississippi Riverfront in Grafton/IL

For more about that day along the Mississippi, check out „RailTrailsRoadTrip – Day 6“ on my Blog „Pit’s Fritztown News„.