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December 17, 2014

Best’s (Swallows) Covered Bridge, Vermont

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Best's (Swallows) Covered Bridge, Vermont

Best’s (Swallows) Covered Bridge, Vermont


When Built: 1889

Builders: A. W. Swallows

Description: A very simple looking windowless structure but have a look at the tied arch which is interesting

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This is part of a series on Vermont’s Covered Bridges. You can find an index here.

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December 16, 2014

December 15, 2014

Baumgardner Covered Bridge, Pennsylvania

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Baumgardner Covered Bridge, Pennsylvania

Baumgardner Covered Bridge, Pennsylvania

When Built: 1987 (Original) 1860

Builders: Davis Kitch (Original)

Description: The rebuild in 1987 was necessitated by flood damage to the old original bridge. The new one was raised 4 feet to protect it from future flooding.

This is part of a series on Pennsylvania’s Covered Bridges. You can find an index here.

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December 14, 2014

Château de Chenonceau,France

Filed under: France,Landscape — Tags: , — Harold Stiver @ 6:00 am
Château de Chenonceau

Château de Chenonceau

A magnificent palace, built over the Cher River, in the Loire Valley, it is sometimes called the Château de Dames because of its association with famous and powerful women.

One of these women was Diane de Poitiers, the mistress of Henry II, who started the wonderful formal gardens. On Henry’s death, his widow, Catherine de’ Medici had her expelled and took over residence.

This colorful history continued. It is currently in private ownership of the Menier family, makers of chocolate.

During the Second World War, the River Cher was a dividing line between Occupied  and Vichy France, and became a stop for those fleeing the Nazi occupation.

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December 13, 2014

Grindstone Cascade: Ontario Waterfalls

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Grindstone Cascades: Ontario Waterfalls

Grindstone Cascade: Ontario Waterfalls

The Grindstone Cascade is found in the Waterdown area, 15 minutes walk downstream from Great Falls on the Bruce Trail. It is a nice natural setting, especially in the fall.

Rating:

GPS Location: N 43° 19.75′ W 79° 53.25′

Grindstone Cascades: Ontario Waterfalls

Grindstone Cascade: Ontario Waterfalls

Warning: It can be dangerous to view and photograph waterfalls. The footing can be wet and slippery, and an accidental fall can result in serious injury or death. Note also that many sections of waterfalls are on private property. Please respect these rights.

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December 12, 2014

Zeller-Smith (Sycamore Park) Covered Bridge, Ohio

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Zeller-Smith (Sycamore Park) Covered Bridge, Ohio

Zeller-Smith (Sycamore Park) Covered Bridge, Ohio

 

When Built: Ca.1905

Builders: J.W.Buchanan

Description: The bridge originally crossed Sycamore Creek on Busey Road two miles south of Pickerington, Ohio. After it was closed in 1984, it was moved to the park in 1986.

This is part of a series on Ohio’s Covered Bridges. You can find an index here.

Guide to Ohio Covered Bridges

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December 11, 2014

Toronto Nitescape

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Toronto night rush hour

Toronto night rush hour

A view of the Gardner Expressway at rush hour

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December 10, 2014

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