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Under the Double Arch

A few weeks ago I posted a few images shot while in St. Louis in and around its famous Arch. I guess I must be drawn to arches, because a week ago my family and I took off for a Sunday drive to visit another famous arch structure–this one only about 30 minutes from my home here in Williamson County, TN. I have driven under this particular arched bridge many times, but I was always on my way somewhere, and never took the extra time to circle around and really “look.” Last Sunday was that day, and boy was I treated to a view. This is the Natchez Trace Parkway Bridge, known locally as the Double Arch Bridge, a supremely beautiful structure that spans 582 feet and stands 145 tall. It won the Presidential Award for Design Excellence in 1995, and in one sweeping glance, it is easy to see why. This first image doesn’t do it justice but is a rather unique view from the bridge’s north underside. Interesting how the compression belies the true size of this structure.

From this view, the shape of the structure begins to appear, taken from just to the side and on the bridge’s north end.

Natchez Trace Parkway Bridge

Then I moved far right, to try to capture as much of the bridge as possible. The two gleaming, otherworldly arches, which look as if they have almost risen out of the earth below, are finally visible.

Finally, I mustered the courage to venture out onto the bridge, and was rewarded with this fantastic view of rural beauty. (The center speck in the sky is the hawk featured a couple of posts ago.) All in all, the afternoon was photographically, all I could have hoped for, and all just a few moments from home. Hope you enjoy…

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  1. Beth Barnard #

    Really nice shots, Deb!

    November 14, 2011
  2. Gorgeous pix…I love your description of the arches, and how it was “…as if they have almost risen out of the earth below.”

    Captivating!

    🙂

    November 16, 2011
  3. Wow! Your photos are beautiful!! The third one is my favourite…just stunning. 🙂

    November 16, 2011
  4. Gorgeous shots! Thanks for sharing and congrats on being freshly pressed!

    November 16, 2011
  5. The arch is lovely, and yes, the rural scenery is too. Thank you for sharing those.

    November 16, 2011
  6. Beautiful and unique structure! Especially striking against the Fall backdrop!

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    November 16, 2011
  7. barbaralongley #

    Gorgeous photos.

    November 16, 2011
    • Thanks to everyone who commented! It is great to share a little piece of beauty with others. 🙂

      November 16, 2011
  8. Beautiful shots! Thanks for sharing, & congrats on being Freshly Pressed!

    November 16, 2011
  9. Thanks for sharing the bridge photos. Nice artistry on that construction. Connie
    http://7thandvine.wordpress.com/

    November 16, 2011
  10. I LOVE modern architecture and the combo of this bridge and the fall colors is perfection. Excellent photos!!

    November 16, 2011
  11. I live near there! That is one tall bridge 🙂 good pics

    November 16, 2011
    • Cool! Yes, i have driven under it many times, and never had “time” to stop. Just shows what can happen if you take the time to really soak it in… then shoot!

      November 16, 2011
  12. Great photos. The firt picture reminds me of a painting I did a few years ago from a park under a highway bridge looking up at the bridge supports.

    November 16, 2011
  13. Lovely photos. I rather like the first one because of the contrasts between the solidity of the lovely bridge shape and the feathery saplings around and about. Many thanks for sharing these images. What arch is next?

    November 16, 2011
  14. kaspermj #

    Like the pictures, especially the first. It looks kinda boring, but it’s actually pretty thinking 🙂

    Think I wanna try take a picture like that one! 😀

    Do you know why the bridge is going op and down? – it looks pretty weird!

    Please all take a look at my blog… I’m new here and want your opinion on what I can make better 🙂

    //MJ

    November 16, 2011
    • kaspermj #

      Oh, forgot the link to my blog 😉

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      November 16, 2011
    • I’ll definetely check it out… i am overwhelmed today with all the nice comments from being Freshly Pressed. Thanks so much for checking out the blog and the comments!

      November 16, 2011
  15. These photos are wonderful! Such great colours and shapes, plus I liked the witty title (;

    November 16, 2011
  16. That is a really cool looking bridge. I always have loved bridges. They are so interesting on so many levels. And as we can see here they can be very beautiful. Thank you for posting this. Cheers.

    November 16, 2011
  17. Did it replace a previous bridge? It would be fun to see how this compares to what was there before. This one is really graceful.

    November 16, 2011
    • That is a great question! I know it was fairly recently constructed, but I am not sure about the rest of the Natchez Trace Parkway… one of the most beautiful highways around.

      November 17, 2011
    • Karl, no, there was not a bridge there before. But, from reading a few of your book excerpts I’d say you like history and travel. I would bet that you’d enjoy reading the history of the Natchez Trace. I will keep you in suspense and let you read about it. : ) Enjoy!

      And, 1107, the photos are beautiful, the top one is my favorite as I’ve never seen the bridge from that view. Very nice creative touch. I hope you got to enjoy a meal at Loveless’s near the bridge, people come from miles around to eat there.

      Smiling,
      Leigh

      November 17, 2011
      • Leigh – Thanks for filling me in on the bridge. Yes, I do like history and travel. I know a tiny amount about the Natchez Trace – it was once the main overland route from the Midwest to DC, and either Lewis or Clark allegedly committed suicide at an inn somewhere along it. And one of the USA’s most dangerous fault lines sits somewhere nearby and is likely to someday try bring that pretty bridge tumbling down. Enjoy your time to paint and be artistic.

        November 17, 2011
  18. I find it interesting how a piece of architecture can look like it belongs with the scene around it. Wonderful pictures! Thanks for sharing.

    November 16, 2011
  19. That’s incredibly beautiful — thanks!

    November 16, 2011
  20. So splendid. Peaceful. countryish. I loved it. Thanks for sharing with this New Yorker

    Val
    http://valentinedefrancis.blogspot.com

    November 16, 2011
  21. Stunning!

    November 16, 2011
  22. Amazing! There are just so many reasons for me to travel to that area of the world. I’ll just add this bridge to my list.

    November 16, 2011
  23. Beautiful photos! I love the first one! Great composition and the Fall colors are gorgeous. Thanks for sharing.

    November 16, 2011
  24. Ash #

    This is beautiful! I want to print out the 3rd and 4th picture and stick them up in my cubicle 🙂

    November 16, 2011
  25. Amazing photos. 😀

    November 16, 2011
  26. bridges rock. the architecture and lines…fantastic. and your shots are lovely…the colors of the fall leaves. very seasonal. thanks for sharing!

    November 16, 2011
  27. DamayantiGroover #

    Simply amazing.

    November 16, 2011
  28. joscalesfineart #

    beautiful!

    November 16, 2011
  29. Paul Park #

    Wonderful pictures!

    November 16, 2011
  30. Spectacular! Congrats.

    November 16, 2011
  31. Excellent and thanks for sharing. Thanks for capturing the unique design.

    November 16, 2011
  32. Beautiful shots, fascinating

    Well done on getting Freshly Pressed!
    Hope to see you on my blog soon!
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    November 16, 2011
  33. Beautiful shots, fascinating colours…

    Well done on getting Freshly Pressed!
    Hope to see you on my blog soon!
    http://littleexplorer.wordpress.com/

    November 16, 2011
  34. Love the title and photos!

    November 16, 2011
  35. StrangeLittleGirl #

    Awwwesome shots! The coloring of the season really made them pop

    November 16, 2011
  36. Great shots!

    November 16, 2011
  37. I particularly like the first 2…great job and congratulations on being freshly pressed.

    November 16, 2011
  38. Very nice … You’ve inspired me to take a day trip to a couple of aqueducts on the C&O Canal.

    November 16, 2011
  39. Love the symmetry and the movement!

    November 16, 2011
  40. Gorgeous! You are quite talented.

    November 16, 2011
  41. J Roycroft #

    Excellent!

    November 16, 2011
  42. These are great constructions but with your photographical compositions they seems so beautiful and so artistic. Congratulation on being Freshly Pressed, that’s why I’ve met with your beautiful blog. Thank you, with my love, nia

    November 17, 2011
  43. What an interesting looking structure. I wouldn’t have discovered it without your photos. Thanks!

    November 17, 2011
  44. Beautiful shots. I am often stuck indoors in the same city, at work or at home, so don’t get to travel around much and see new things, but I think it’s important to get that fix of such a humbling kind of view. Wonderful perspective.

    November 17, 2011
  45. It is kind of spooky when you look at it, almost as if it was engineered to fall down?

    I thought two things, #1 good photo’s and #2 Earthquake!

    Yeah, I know, but what can I say?

    DS

    November 17, 2011
  46. robertsitalia #

    I love the fall colors added to it. Great job!

    November 17, 2011
  47. Really great photos. I love bridges too. I have pics from the Millau Viaduct in France on my travel photo site.

    November 17, 2011
  48. I am thrilled to finally see that someone else has a fascination with arches and bridges. I was beginning to think I was alone in the world. Lol
    Beautiful photos!

    November 17, 2011
  49. Gorges! 😉

    November 17, 2011
  50. ddLynn #

    Wow, great photos. That bridge so elegantly takes its place there.

    November 17, 2011
  51. I believe this is my most favorite bridge in the entire country!!! This time of year it is hard to know if the view of the countryside from above, or the dynamic arches from below is the most beautiful. I don’t know that I’ve ever had a bridge – a man made structure – take my breath away the way this one can. Thanks for these fabulous photographs!

    November 17, 2011
  52. Outstanding as usual!

    November 17, 2011
  53. Very inspiring! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

    November 17, 2011
  54. I love the form and use of symmetry in the first shot. Nice study of the bridge.

    November 17, 2011
  55. how fantastic!!

    November 17, 2011
  56. akosijonas #

    nothing but love.

    November 17, 2011
  57. Absolutely stunning photos!!

    November 17, 2011
  58. adawalker #

    ur pictures look gorgeous, i can see the beauty of nature and hope of life.

    November 17, 2011
  59. very captivating…..

    November 17, 2011
  60. JCB #

    I sure did enjoy! Thanks for posting! Amazing views and beautiful scenery! http://Www.numisone.com/jcb

    November 17, 2011
  61. ww! nice and biautiful pictures! ok

    November 17, 2011
  62. ww! nice and beautiful pictures! ok

    November 17, 2011
  63. Great shots. I love the colours of the autumn. And bridges seem to me like the perfect blend of nature and human activity (imagine those old Roman stone bridges – too bad so many of the modern ones seem like someone just dropped them in the middle of the landscape without any thought of beauty…)

    November 17, 2011
  64. Very beautiful. You really captured the grace and symmetry of the bridge, and the end of autumn colors make it look all the more ghostly and elegant. I love the first shot…it’s so mysterious. (And the Natchez Trace is so evocative to begin with…!) Congratulations on the Fresh Press!

    November 17, 2011
  65. Great shots!!! 🙂

    November 17, 2011
  66. Great shot!

    November 17, 2011
  67. Really nice, thanks to allow us to see this, is beautifull.

    November 17, 2011
  68. Gorgeous pictures!!

    November 17, 2011
  69. Excellent!

    November 17, 2011
  70. yen #

    When I saw the pictures all I could breathe out was “WOW!” I love the last photograph. It makes me feel as if I’m riding in a helicopter looking down on the scene.:) Stunning, beautiful pictures!

    November 17, 2011
  71. Beautiful images! Thanks for sharing.

    November 17, 2011
  72. A beautiful blend of architecture and nature!

    November 17, 2011
  73. Nice title to the post. 🙂 Really cool set, that place looks great!

    November 17, 2011
  74. Indeed … beautiful arches .. thanks !!
    Ed

    November 17, 2011
  75. OMG #

    gorgeous!

    November 17, 2011
  76. M. #

    Nice shots indeed!

    November 17, 2011
  77. It is indeed, a beautiful piece of architecture.Thanks a million for showcasing it here.:-)

    November 17, 2011
  78. Gorgeous photos! Started following today… =)

    November 17, 2011
  79. Gorgeous photos.

    November 18, 2011
  80. nice post and pictures.
    nice blog having so many stuff to read.
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    November 24, 2011

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