There was a beautiful red sunrise this morning. The old saying goes – Red sky in the morning – Sailors Warning. Well the day turned out wonderful but a quick look at the radar just now show rain moving in!
The rivers are opening up with the warmer weather and Mennonite Buggy Bridge is cover with large chunks of ice. Below is a shot I took earlier this winter.
The Waterloo Central Railway run this diesel train as well as a steam train between Waterloo and St. Jacobs. They also run up to Elmira for special occasions. This was taken in St. Jacobs crossing the Conestogo River.
This bridge is near the dam I posted pictures of recently. At times of high water it can be completely submerged. Below is a description from the Township of Woolwich web site. http://www.woolwich.ca/en/tourism/OtherBridges.asp
This seven span concrete low level bridge is located west of the village of St. Jacobs on Woolwich Township Road 21. The bridge is adjacent to the St. Jacobs Dam. The first dam on this site was built in the 1840s to provide power for a sawmill. The wooden dam was later replaced by a concrete structure. The one-lane road surface is only about two feet above the normal river level, and there are no railings since the river floods at this point each year.
The current bridge was built in 1962 by members of the Old Order Mennonite community for a cost of $2,500.00; all labour was provided by volunteers. The bridge was designed so water and ice would not do any damage in time of flooding. Other bridges constructed on this site had been washed away or damaged by high waters.
Today, if you go to visit this bridge and the orange gates are closed; water will be flowing over the bridge surface. The gates were installed after a dramatic rescue of a young Mennonite couple who had been swept off the bridge by fast flowing waters while crossing in a horse-drawn buggy.
Love the textures of old paint, bricks, windows, and ivy.
The location is Chemtura in Elmira, Ontario.
Apple Orchard Blues
Just winter Blues
This panoramic shot was taken at the same location as yesterdays shot of the Conestogo River just outside of St. Jacobs Ontario.
It is made up of 5 HDR images. Each HDR (high dynamic range) image is made up of 3 exposures.