Though an overcast day, with no play of light and shadows, I couldn’t travel across Bixby Bridge on California’s Pacific Coast Highway without taking a photo! Pulling off the winding, oftentimes vertigo-inducing highway with its jaw-dropping vistas to take this shot was a bit daredevilish. Though there were plenty of others doing the same thing, one definitely had to keep a keen eye out for traffic.
Looking now at photos others have taken of the bridge, I wish I had had the time to explore the different points from which to shoot this landmark. If I ever have the chance to go back, I would choose to do so at sunrise or sunset and will pick a much different vantage point. Perhaps by that time, I will have a wide-angle lens in my kit!
Besides the majesty of the arch, what really took my breath away was the thought that I was viewing the edge of North America. Dramatically dropping into the Pacific Ocean, it just ends. Living on the east coast where I do, my experience with the “edge” of the continent is expansive beaches, gently giving way to the Atlantic Ocean. So this vista just astounded me — as did the entire drive up the PCH (as insiders call it). Going north, I was happy I was on the inside of the road; being on the outside of some of the turns with their associated drops would have permanently left me with white knuckles!
Thanks, Ailsa, of Where’s My Backpack, for a great travel theme!