Images & Observations

Colorado Street Bridge

Nikon D7000 10-24mm @ 24mm ISO 200 3-bkts f/18 Lr3; HEP1

Also known as “Suicide Bridge”, the Colorado Street Bridge crosses the Arroyo Seco in Pasadena, California.  Designed and built in 1913 by the firm of J.A.L. Waddell, It spans 1,486 feet (453 m) and is notable for its distinctive Beaux Arts arches, light standards, and railings.

This view is from the parking lot at La Casita Del Arroyo.  The structure  behind the bridge, which appears dwarfed by the Colorado Street Bridge is actually the Ventura Freeway (CA-134), and it is actually more massive than the Colorado Street Bridge, which is only two lanes, as opposed to eight lanes, and the freeway bridge is actually taller. This is a good example of how perspective can be deceiving depending upon your viewpoint.  I think this image conveys the notion of “Suicide Bridge” fairly well with its dark tones and foreboding clouds and the stonewall, which I made darker than it was in real life.

15 responses

  1. rifqidahlgren

    Really like the clouds and dark tones.

    May 18, 2011 at 2:13 AM

  2. Thanks for stopping by and the comment, Rifqi.

    May 18, 2011 at 11:00 AM

  3. ken bello

    I understand that the bridge was state of the art when it was built. It’s great that, at almost one hundred years old, it’s still useful, and beautiful to boot. Nice shot.

    May 18, 2011 at 11:24 AM

  4. It is more enjoyable driving over the Colorado Street bridge than the adjacent freeway, much slower pace, allows you to take in your surroundings.

    May 18, 2011 at 2:36 PM

  5. Nice capture Wayne!

    May 18, 2011 at 5:18 PM

  6. Thanks, Jason. Gotta love clouds.

    May 18, 2011 at 11:56 PM

  7. dark and moody. nice capture!

    May 19, 2011 at 5:03 AM

    • THanks, Sheila. Tomorrow’s image will be much brighter.

      May 19, 2011 at 3:14 PM

  8. Stanley

    A bridge to the other side perhaps? Nice job, as usual. Although you got this photo from a “safe” distance, so no suicide (or even unintended accidental plunge) possible.

    Unlike your recent brush with that freight train and your excellent photo of the rails. In fact I think your new street name is going to be “D-Rail” from this point forward! ;-D>

    May 19, 2011 at 10:23 AM

    • Actually, Stanley, Judy has given me the nick name “bulldozer”.

      May 19, 2011 at 3:15 PM

  9. Cool shot, I like how the trees frame the bridge.

    May 19, 2011 at 11:09 AM

    • Thanks, Ryan. I am always looking for a framing element, helps add depth, and direct the eye to the main subject. In this case the trees also helped because of contrast difference.

      May 19, 2011 at 3:17 PM

  10. That bridge has a very architectural look to it and the clouds certainly set the mood for a structure know as the “Suicide Bridge”!

    May 21, 2011 at 11:59 AM

    • That was supposed to be… interesting architectural look 🙂

      May 21, 2011 at 12:01 PM

  11. I appreciate your stopping by and commenting, Brad.

    May 21, 2011 at 12:29 PM

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