Bridges

 

 

Asien 1972-73
Goats, resting on an ancient stone bridge near Izmir, Turkey. – Read more about domestic goats on this website, see Animals: Animals as servants of Man. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Californien 2013
Californien 2013
The Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, California, is a suspension bridge, 2,737 metres (8,981 feet) long, spanning the Golden Gate, the strait connecting San Francisco Bay with the Pacific Ocean. The bridge was opened in 1937, and, until 1964, it had the longest main span of any suspension bridge in the world, at 1,280 metres (4,200 feet). (Photos copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Sydasien 1978-79
Trekkers, crossing the Dudh Kosi River, Khumbu, eastern Nepal, on a temporary bridge, which was built when a huge tidal wave had washed away several bridges along this river. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Alperne 1968-2001 
Railroad bridge, near Sedrun, Tavetsch Valley, Graubünden, Switzerland. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Myanmar 2007
The town of Nyaung Shwe, near Lake Inle, Myanmar, is criss-crossed by countless canals, spanned by a large number of wooden bridges. In this picture, three Buddhist nuns are crossing one of these bridges. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Everest 2010
Nepal 2002
This suspension bridge, which is adorned with numerous Buddhist prayer flags, is spanning the Dudh Kosi River, near the confluence of this river and the Bhote Kosi River, Khumbu, eastern Nepal. – Read more about prayer flags – and about Buddhism in general – on this website, see Religion: Buddhism. (Photos copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Bali 2015
Foot bridge in front of a gigantic weeping fig (Ficus benjamina), growing in the ‘Monkey Forest’ near Ubud, Bali, Indonesia. When small, this species is a very popular house plant, but in the wild it grows enormous, sprouting numerous aerial roots from its branches, which grow down to the ground, where they take root, over the years becoming additional trunks, creating an entire patch of ‘forest’, which is in reality only a single tree. This species is native to the Indian Subcontinent, east to southern China and Taiwan, south through Southeast Asia and Indonesia to northern Australia, thence east to the Pacific. (Photos copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Lahaul-Ladakh 2014
This woman is carrying a huge load of fodder across a suspension bridge in the town of Pandoh, Himachal Pradesh, India. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Norden 1967-86 
Bridge, reflected in Lake Umnässjön, Lappland, Sweden. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Taiwan 2018
Foot bridge, adorned with rounded stones, presumably from a river bed, Taichung, Taiwan. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

USA 1998-99
In former days, the eastern half of North America held more than 13,000 covered wooden bridges, most of which were constructed in the 1800s. The covering was intended as a means to prolong the life-span of the bridge, which, without covering, would deteriorate after only 10 to 15 years. To this day, about 1,500 covered bridges have been preserved. This picture shows the Hall Mills Covered Bridge, Catskill Mountains, New York State. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Asien 1972-73 
An old bridge in north-western Iran, made of bricks, has collapsed. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Nepal 1994-95
A large flock of goats and sheep, crossing a suspension bridge in the Lower Marsyangdi Valley, central Nepal. – Read more about domestic goats and sheep on this website, see Animals: Animals as servants of Man. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

USA 1992
USA 1998-99
USA 1998-99
USA 1998-99
The Brooklyn Bridge, New York City, spans the East River, forming the border between Brooklyn, Long Island, and the island of Manhattan. This famous bridge, which is 5,989 feet (1,825 metres) long, with a main span of 1,595 feet (486 metres), was the first steel-wire suspension bridge to be constructed. Work was initiated in 1869, and the construction took no less than 14 years. – Second picture from below, which is from 1998, shows the bridge, and Manhattan, at night. The twin towers of the World Trade Center, which were destroyed by terrorists on September 11, 2001, are seen in the background. – Jew, reciting from The Torah beneath the Brooklyn Bridge (bottom). (Photos copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Taiwan 2012a
Colourful iron bridge, spanning a river in the city of Taichung, Taiwan. A motorcyclist is seen to the left. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Sydasien 1978-79 
This porter, carrying a heavy load of planks, is crossing the Dudh Kosi River, Khumbu, eastern Nepal, on a temporary bridge, which was built when a huge tidal wave had washed away several bridges along this river. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

USA 2002-10
An old stone bridge, spanning the Jordan Creek, Acadia National Park, Maine, United States. So-called carriage roads, besides a number of stone bridges, were constructed in this area between 1913 and 1940 for the benefit of hikers, bikers, horseback riders, and carriages. These roads, a total of 57 miles (c. 91 kilometres), which were free of motor vehicles, were financed by John D. Rockefeller, Jr., millionaire and philanthropist. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Myanmar 2007
Early in the morning, this cyclist, transporting his child, is crossing a wooden bridge, spanning a canal in the town of Nyaung Shwe, Lake Inle, Myanmar. This town is criss-crossed by countless canals, spanned by a large number of bridges. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Frankrig-Spanien 2007 
Ruined bridge on the Tarn River, near the town of Le Rozier, Gorge du Tarn, Cévennes, France. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Filippinerne 1984
Two Bontoc tribals cross a high cantilever bridge, constructed of thick bamboo stems and lianas, spanning the Chico River, northern Luzon, Philippines. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Norden 1967-86 
An old stone bridge, spanning the Ljungan River, Jämtland, Sweden. In 1974, when this picture was taken, horse-drawn wagons were still a part of the traffic picture in Sweden. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Nepal 1985
A Nepalese porter crosses an old-fashioned suspension bridge, constructed of steel cables, vines, and mats, spanning the Marsyangdi River, central Nepal. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

USA 2016 
Iron bridge, spanning the Merrimac River, Haverhill, Massachusetts, United States. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Lahaul-Ladakh 2014
Cows, chewing their cud, block the traffic on a bridge across the Parvati River, Himachal Pradesh, India. Judging from the large piles of cow dung on this bridge, it constituted a favourite resting place for these cows. – Read more about domestic cattle on this website, see Animals: Animals as servants of Man. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Irland 1987-99 
Droichead na Leathphingine, or Halfpenny Bridge, often shortened to Ha’penny Bridge, is a pedestrian iron bridge, spanning the Liffey River in Dublin, Ireland. It was constructed in 1816. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

USA 1992
The Rainbow Bridge spans the Neches River in south-eastern Texas, connecting the cities of Port Arthur and Bridge City. The latter was originally named Prairie View, as it was located on coastal grasslands. In 1938, when the Rainbow Bridge was constructed, the name was changed to Bridge City, as you now had to cross a bridge to enter the city, regardless of the direction you came from. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Zimbabwe-Kenya 1994
Zambia 1993
The Victoria Falls Bridge, near Victoria Falls, spans the Zambezi River, which constitutes the border between Zimbabwe and Zambia. The shadow of this bridge is reflected on rocks along the river gorge (top). This person has just been performing a bungy jump from the bridge and is now hanging at the end of the rope (bottom). (Photos copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Alperne 2017
Old stone bridge, Karnertal Valley, Berner Oberland, Switzerland. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Everest 2010
Cantilever bridge, spanning the Dudh Kosi River near Pungi Tenga, Khumbu, eastern Nepal. Numerous Buddhist prayer flags are tied to strings, stretched across the river. – Read more about prayer flags – and about Buddhism in general – on this website, see Religion: Buddhism. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Alperne 1968-2001
An old covered wooden bridge, spanning River Rhine, which, at this stretch of the river, marks the border between Switzerland and the Principality of Liechtenstein. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Nepal 2000
Mules, heavily laden with planks, cross a steel suspension bridge, spanning the Kali Gandaki River, Mustang District, Nepal. – Read more about mules, donkeys and horses on this website, see Animals: Animals as servants of Man. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Asien 1972-73
This kestrel (Falco tinnunculus) has made its nest in a hole in a ruined brick bridge in north-western Iran. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Myanmar 2007 
Cyclists, crossing a wooden bridge, which spans a canal in the town of Nyaung Shwe, Lake Inle, Myanmar. This town is criss-crossed by countless canals, spanned by a large number of bridges. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Bornholm 2016a
This rusty iron bridge, erected by a local artist in 2002, spans a gorge, created by quarry work, near the town of Vang, Bornholm, Denmark. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Rolwaling 2004 
Suspension bridge across the Bhote Kosi River near Jagat, Bhote Kosi Valley, central Nepal. When this picture was taken in 2004, this village was controlled by rebels from the Nepalese Maoist Party. The red banner on the bridge says: ‘Let us fight against the government. Help the low castes and get rid of the caste system’. To pass through this village, I had to pay a ’donation’ of 1,000 Nepalese Rupees (at that time c. 16 US $) to the Maoists – who were otherwise very courteous towards me. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

USA 2012a
Hart Bridge, a covered wooden lattice truss bridge from c. 1864, 52 metres long, 4.6 metres broad, spanning the Housatonic River, West Cornwall, Connecticut, United States. This bridge was made from timber of red spruce (Picea rubens), and wooden pegs, or trunnels, were used for joining the timbers. In the foreground blooming yellow iris (Iris pseudacorus). (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Tanzania 1990 
Makonde boys, playing with home-made toy cars beneath a bridge near Kitere, southern Tanzania. The road leading to the bridge has been eroded away by flooding. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Nepal 2000
During the Himalayan monsoon, torrential rain showers often cause landslides, which occasionally will wash away bridges, houses, and trails. In this picture, a tourist is balancing across a provisional ‘bridge’, consisting of rather thin logs, constructed by porters, leading across the Langmoché Khola River, Langtang National Park, Nepal. – Read more about the Himalayan monsoon elsewhere on this website, see Plants: Plant hunting in the Himalaya – Rainy season in Nepal. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg) (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

USA 1998-99 
Old railway bridge, Beaver Lake, Long Island, United States. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Taiwan 2014c
The 1,939-metre-long Xiluo iron bridge, spanning the Jhuoshuei River in western Taiwan, was completed in 1952. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Afrika 1980-81 
Damaged wooden bridge near Bouar, Central African Republic. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Myanmar 2007
A horse cart crosses a wooden bridge, spanning a river in the town of Nyaung Shwe, Lake Inle, Myanmar. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

USA 2012a 
This fine old stone bridge spans Jessamine Creek, near Lexington, Kentucky, United States. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Nepal 1994-95
This somewhat fragile canti-lever bridge, constructed of bamboo stems, spans the Tamur River, eastern Nepal. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Ethiopien 1996 
This Portuguese stone bridge, constructed in 1632, spans a tributary to the Blue Nile, near Tississat Waterfalls, Ethiopia. The Blue Nile originates in Lake Tana in the Ethiopian Highlands, from where it makes its way c. 1,500 kilometres to Khartoum, in the Sudan, where it joins the larger White Nile. The name ‘Blue Nile’ is in fact a misnomer. During the summer monsoon, this river washes down huge amounts of soil from the highlands, which turns its water almost black. In a local Sudanese language, the word for black is also used for blue, so, in reality, the river should be called ‘The Black Nile’. The first written account of the Blue Nile is from 1565, when a Portuguese, João Bermudes – who called himself ‘Patriarch of Ethiopia’ – provided a description of the Tississat Falls in his memoirs. – Incidentally, to many Christian Ethiopians, the Blue Nile is identified as the sacred river Gihon, one of the four rivers flowing out from the Garden of Eden, as related in Genesis, 2:13. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

United Kingdom 1992-2002
Vauxhall Bridge is a steel and granite deck arch bridge, spanning the Thames River, London. It was completed in 1906. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Himachal Pradesh 2007 
Assisted by her guide, Madhu Saxena crosses a provisional bridge in the Tirthan Valley, Great Himalayan National Park, Himachal Pradesh, India. Every year, heavy monsoon showers destroy many trails in the Himalaya. In this case, the main trail had been eroded away, and a new ‘path’ had been constructed, much of it leading through the Tirthan River itself. – Read more about our hike in this national park elsewhere on this website, see Plants: Plant hunting in the Himalaya – Abode of the deodar. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

USA 2012a
Bulls Bridge, a covered wooden lattice truss bridge from 1842, 33 metres long, spanning the Housatonic River, Kent, Connecticut, United States. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Frankrig-Spanien 2007 
Tall brick bridge near Accous, Aspe Valley, Pyrenees, France. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Nepal 2013
This Nepalese porter, his burden protected from rain by a bright blue plastic sheet, is crossing a log bridge across a tributary to the Ghunsa River, eastern Nepal. Evidently, this site is sacred to the local Tibetan Buddhists, as it is adorned with numerous prayer flags, tied to strings, stretched across the river. – Read more about prayer flags – and about Buddhism in general – on this website, see Religion: Buddhism. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Norden 1967-86
Old bridge, constructed of slabs of Öland limestone, Stenåsa, Öland, Sweden. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Asien 1972-73 
These men are crossing a simple wooden bridge, constructed of tree trunks and branches, resting on stone cairns, which have been placed at intervals in the river bed. – Alborz (Elburz) Mountains, northern Iran. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Nepal 2013
Dilapidated suspension bridge, spanning the Tamur River, eastern Nepal. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Bali-Lombok 2012
An old wooden foot bridge, spanning a gorge in the town of Ubud, Bali, Indonesia. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Nordindien 1982 
A bridge across the Rishi Ganga River, Nanda Devi National Park, Uttarakhand, India, has been washed away, and my companion John Burke is now crossing it, balancing on rather thin logs, which are resting on the rocks. – Read more about our hike in this national park elsewhere on this website, see Travel episodes: India 1982 – Pleasures of Nanda Devi. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Taiwan 2014d
Foot bridge, made from rope, spanning a forest stream, 99 Peaks, western Taiwan. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

USA 2016 
Stone bridge, spanning the Merrimac River, Haverhill, Massachusetts, United States. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Nepal 2009
A Nepalese porter crosses a stone bridge, spanning a stream, Langtang National Park, Nepal. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Norden 1967-86 
Footbridge, spanning a canal in the city of Trondheim, Norway. In the background former storage buildings for wealthy traders. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Myanmar 2007
Boat, passing under a bridge over the main canal in the town of Nyaung Shwe, Lake Inle, Myanmar. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Asien 1972-73
Broken bridge, which was once spanning the Karkheh River, Luristan, south-western Iran. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

USA 1998-99
Covered bridge in rainy weather, near Plymouth, New Hampshire, United States. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Nepal 1994-95
Steel suspension bridge, spanning the Tamur River, eastern Nepal. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

(Uploaded August 2017)

 

(Revised continuously)