E.J.Wilkins

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photoblog image Crossing the Tagus

Crossing the Tagus

This is a small part of the Vasco da Gama bridge across the River Tagus at Lisbon. It takes around fifteen minutes to cross the bridge, which spans the river at what may be its widest part.

It is the largest bridge in Europe with a length of 17.2 km (10 miles), 10 km of which are over the Tagus river. It was inaugurated on the 4th of April 1998,  five centuries after the arrival of Vasco da Gama to India.

The bridge was designed to withstand an earthquake four times greater than the 1755 earthquake that devastated Lisbon.

Join us for a week in Portugal ... we're taking a break.

my vfxy

Crossing the Tagus

This is a small part of the Vasco da Gama bridge across the River Tagus at Lisbon. It takes around fifteen minutes to cross the bridge, which spans the river at what may be its widest part.

It is the largest bridge in Europe with a length of 17.2 km (10 miles), 10 km of which are over the Tagus river. It was inaugurated on the 4th of April 1998,  five centuries after the arrival of Vasco da Gama to India.

The bridge was designed to withstand an earthquake four times greater than the 1755 earthquake that devastated Lisbon.

Join us for a week in Portugal ... we're taking a break.

my vfxy

comments (16)

I like the way you put a part oh history to your post !!
It is muddy and it includes a dead tree, yet is it beautiful. Well done!
We have a similar bridge linking PEI to the mainland. It is 12.9 km and opened in 1997. Here is the Wikipedia page on it if you are interested:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Confederation_Bridge
Something about the water reminds me of shots I have taken with a polarizing filter. Did you use a polarizer? Sorry, everyone else said the other things I was going to say, so I thought I'd ask the question. wink
EJWilkins: (24 Feb)
No, no filters of any sort, just the camera and its auto setting although I had to straighten, crop and fiddle with the brightness and contrast a little bit.
lovely picture ellie and the tree branch is what I think sets this apart from merely a bridge image..
Nice Shot Ellie. I always wanted to click a dead tree/trunk on a beach or river bank with the water in the backdrop. Thanx for sharing this.
  • Paul
  • 15 Feb 2007, 08:28
Nice geometric lines Ellie smile
nic elining with the bridge
  • chris p
  • the Isle of Wight
  • 15 Feb 2007, 12:37
Enjoy your break Ellie smile
Wonderful picture and enjoy your break!
Hi Ellie... It's a very fine graphic picture, well colored... and peacefull too. I like that
  • Ginnie
  • Atlanta, GA, United States
  • 15 Feb 2007, 18:48
Another good history pic, Ellie. I love the blues and browns.

Have a FABULOUS week's break and take lots of pics for us. Say HI to your hubby from us SCers who wish you the best of R&R!
  • nev
  • australia
  • 15 Feb 2007, 21:21
I wonder if Vasco da gama would be impressed that they named a bridge after him. its not really wild and adventourous is it. i think this might be ok as a mono with a tone.
EJWilkins: (24 Feb)
Yep, I think b/w or sepia would work Nev. God idea smile

Vasco da Gama? I have a feeling he would have been impressed by this bridge, it's an amazing feat of engineering. At the time it was built it was the longest in Europe. Although you can't see it in this picture part of it is 'suspension' (either Jesquilo or Photorusso have pictures of that section) and, surprisingly, it seems to fit into its surroundings.

I'm very biased, of course, because we like Portugal so much.
  • Louis
  • 16 Feb 2007, 08:53
INteresting angle leaving you with the idea of going somewhere. Enjoy it in Portugal.
Always an informative series Ellie. Nice onesmile
Like it, especially the branch of tree wich gives depth to the whole picture : Bravo !!

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