Friday, October 21, 2016

The Souris Swinging Bridge

On the same day that I visited the International Peace Gardens,I also had a chance to see the Souris Swinging Bridge.It was about a 40 mile detour,but in the end was well worth it.
I wasn't sure that I really wanted to walk across this bridge so I went rather apprehensively.

This is the bridge which is for vehicle traffic.The river is fairly wide and at certain seasons of the year can be quite high.

Here is a short piece of the original bridge.Let me just go on record, saying that I would not have set foot on that bridge.

Before I walked across the bridge,I had to make sure it was safe.

After seeing those heavy duty bolts and cables,I felt very confident that it was safe, indeed.

The bridge is strong and also a beautiful structure.

I love the lines and patterns in this structure.

As the sun was setting, the lights along the bridge came on.Even though it was not fully dark, it just added to the beauty of the bridge.

It really is quite long at 604 feet.

This bridge has been rebuilt several times, because flood waters had damaged it.
The town of Souris Manitoba is relatively small,with a population somewhere around 2000 people.This bridge is a major attraction to this area.
The following is a quote from the Souris website.
Re-built in 2013, with a price tag of $4.5 million, the new bridge is reflective of the original design, but  with long term durability in mind, the Swinging Bridge remains our town’s most famous landmark.  Bridging  the river for 110 years, and still standing to do the same for the century ahead.

One final picture.I love the lines in this shot.

Closing Thought:
A problem is a chance for you to do your best.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Final Post from The International Peace Gardens

This will be the last post from these Gardens.
I do apologize for the number of photos,but I will keep my comments short so you don't have to spend all day on this post.

This is taken while standing on no-mans land.The little stream is on the border of the two countries,Canada and the United States.

One more shot of the dove of peace being released from these hands.

A turtle enjoying the surroundings.

This is at the display from 9/11

Looking at these beams and reflecting on that terrible day is very sobering.

Yes,these are beams pulled out of the rubble from the World Trade Center.Sad indeed.

These towers are known as the Peace towers.They have been a landmark at the Gardens for many years,but time has taken it's toll on them and they will be coming down. Apparently they will be replaced by another structure.

The next four photos show some of the beauty away from the garden area.You can see that I was there on a beautiful,calm day.I love the reflections.

Finally, another landmark of the Peace Gardens,the floral clock.Each year it is planted with different flowers,and each year it is beautiful.

Closing Thought:
Praise is the song of a soul set free.