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Here are my photos for Theme Day--I couldn't pick just one! The Hawthorne Bridge is 100 years old this year. It is the oldest vertical lift bridge in the United States. We are currently right in the middle of its birthday party, so to speak. It's the first ever PDX Bridge Festival. One of the special events involves fabric and light on the bridge, fabric and light that interacts with traffic and pedestrians as they cross the Willamette River.
I took these photos Thursday night, July 29, 2010, from the Eastbank Esplanade. Since I didn't have a tripod with me, I rested my elbows on the metal pipe railing and held my breath as I took each one.
All of a sudden I heard ringing bells and saw flashing red lights. A bridge lift! Hooray!
What a delicious few moments of serendipity!
Here's the tugboat and the barge, on their way north, upriver towards the Columbia River and possibly the Pacific Ocean.