Thursday, August 13, 2009

Looking up in Philadelphia

Once again it's time for Skywatch Friday. I love taking pictures of interesting things with a beautiful sky in the background. This week I present part of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge. Some of the middle fence posts seem to be pointing to the train headed for Camden New Jersey.
The bottom picture is the color version of William Penn and his Pigeons. I can't imagine what William or Benjamin would think of the colossal bridge or the speeding train in the picture above him.

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Happy Skywatching!

42 comments:

Cezar and Léia said...

Bridges are fascinating! All the engineering and stories on their back...
Great post and sky!
God bless you!
Cezar

Jacob said...

You do these looking-up shots very well, James. Great compositions in both cases. I think Franklin would push his glasses down his nose, wrinkle his brow, grin slightly, and say, "I knew it would come to this!"

Have a great day! And thanks for your kind words!

Donna Marie said...

James... nice pics of the bridge... :) It looks good from the phila side.

Sunny said...

I love bridges and I like that the train is crossing. The pigeon in flight is great. Thanks for stopping by.
Sunny :)

Photo Cache said...

That bridge reminds me of the Bay Bridge here. Just as beautiful. And that pigeon on statue image is really nice.

Kitty said...

And what would Penn think of having pigeons on his head? :) I really like the industrial feel about the first picture.

Thom said...

I love bridges and this one is no exception. What a beautiful capture. And how awesome is the second one with both pigeons...excellent :)

Sylvia K said...

Terrific shots, James! Beautiful blue skies and I LOVE the pigeons on old Ben's hat!

Have a great weekend!
Sylvia

B SQUARED said...

I think he would be more concerned with the bird on his head.

RuneE said...

That impressive bridge ought to have room for a couple of birds too, but birds love statues!

bobbie said...

Never saw Willie Penn like this before! Neat!

Lois said...

Fantastic SkyWatch! Thanks for posting the bird again. I love that picture!

Texas Travelers said...

OUTSTANDING PHOTOS OF GREAT ACCOMPLISHMENTS.

Well done.

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Troy and Martha

Vita Stunder said...

Great shots!
I love the statue with the bird :)

Have a great friday!
Anna

Donna Marie said...

James,

I posted a few pics... The Bridge etc...

Donna Marie

Bonnie Bonsai said...

That's beautiful James!

No skywatch for me today .... been away ...but there's something new.

ilanadavita said...

Two great shots. Happy SWF.

Ebie said...

This is my main blog.
I love the bridge shot, and the second shot is very interesting. The pigeon looks like part of Ben's hat!

Pam said...

Hmmm, two great minds with one single thought (if uyou get my drift, James) Bridges and bird just seem to be the topic of the day.
Great views of both, well done, as always...
Have a nice weekend

Larry said...

Great shots James. The bridge reminds me of the Bay Bridge from Oakland to San Francisco also. It looks like Mr. Penn gets plenty of attention too.

Your EG Tour Guide said...

Great composition, James.

Lini Hdz said...

nice shots!!!

Carol said...

Nice shots...I love the upward view...great lines in the first shot...second shot is a fun photo!

Ai Shiang said...

Good shot for the bridge. The gate is blocking your view though. Have a good weekend, James.

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

Great shot of the bridge, gate and all. Interesting second shot.

Sally in WA said...

I like how the pickets in the fence align with the cable suspension on the bridge. Both are great shots, James.

slim said...

I didn't notice the train at first. What a beautiful bridge and I like the way you included the fence.

J Bar said...

good shots
Sydney - City and Suburbs

Maria said...

"I can't imagine what William or Benjamin would think of the colossal bridge or the speeding train in the picture above him."
I love the back perspective of William Penn. It let's us all imagine his facial expression as he thinks on your above quote! ;o)
All the best, Maria

earthtoholly.com said...

Hey! We both snapped bridges for skywatch! This is beautiful. I love the blue bridge against the blue sky. Lovely.

Gunilla said...

Fantastic photo thanks for all the information.

Have a great day.

Gunilla in Sweden

Vogon Poet said...

Great view of the bridge, the fence is a perfect addition.

Dirk said...

Great pictures, the second is my favourite.

Malyss said...

Impressive bridge and picture.. My eyes were attracted by the area UNDER the bridge, this kind of strange places that can be found in tall cities, a kind of no-man's land, hidden and forgotten, very near and at the same time very far, a little scarry, that we see every day but where we would never go....

SandyCarlson said...

Beautifully done.

I trust from wherever Penn is observing his former world, he is pleased the pigeons keep him company.

Rebecca said...

Love all the lines in that first shot.

Arija said...

Revered statues make great roosting places for pigeons, they have no respect for history. Nice shot.

amatamari© said...

What beautiful pictures ...
Thanks, I admire and learn!
:-)

Martha in PA said...

Can you email me at martha.kasper@gmail.com, I have a little info that I have figured on the posting comment problem, but I never know when I type these if they will take!

We saw Billy today!


My SWF - Rainbow

Asta said...

Hi James,

The shot of the bridge is excellent.
And your William Penn picture is fantastic. I love it!

Happy Weekend!
Best regards
Asta

Kirigalpoththa said...

I love the picture of the bird!

Cheryl /Ashton said...

Great photos, especially like the pigeon one.