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River Cree and Newton Stewart, Dumfries and Galloway

Newton Stewart has a lovely situation sitting by the banks of the River Cree:-

River Cree, Newton Stewart

River Cree, Newton Stewart

Unfortunately the river sometimes comes a bit too close. In this photo you can see work on flood defences at centre right:-

River Cree, Newton Stewart, Dumfries and Galloway

There is a lovely bridge over the river:-

Newton Stewart bridge

It seems to be a good place for birds:-

Bird, Newton Stewart

Heron just to right of and above centre:-

Heron, Newton Stewart

The plant growth was making this chimney loook dodgy, though!:-

Chimney Plants, Newton Stewart

Mini Kelpies, Kirkcudbright

A small model of The Kelpies in Kirkcudbright. The originals are in Falkirk at The Helix. Bridge over River Dee in background.

Small Kelpies at Kirkcudbright

Side view:-

Kirkcudbright Kelpies

Just along from the minin Kelpies is a memorial, “In memory of loved ones lost at sea.”

Kirkcudbright Memorial to Those Lost  at Sea

Bridge over River Dee, Kirkcudbright.

Kirkcudbright (pronounced kir-could-bri) is a town in Dumfries and Galloway, though before local government reorganisation its county was Wigtown and Kirkcudbright.

The river Dee runs by the town and there is a rather lovely bridge over it.

Bridge Over the Dee, Kirkcudbright

Wider view:-

Bridge on River Dee, Kirkcudbright

I was looking for a building that no longer exists and wandered across the bridge in the search and so found this plaque:-

Bridge Plaque, River Dee, Kirkcudbright

Bridge from Kirkcudbright harbour:-

Bridge over River Dee from Harbour, Kirkcudbrightaharbour and bridge 1

Wider view again:-

River Dee Bridge from Harbour, Kirkcudbright

Dumfries Bridges

The River Nith runs through Dumfries (in Dumfries and Galloway, south west Scotland.) In the town two bridges span it.

Newer bridge:-

New Bridge, Dumfries

Older bridge:-

Old  Bridge, Dumfries

Some lovely willow trees droop over the river just above the bridge:-

Willows, Dumfries

Famously a weir interrupts the river’s flow just opposite the town’s main riverside area (and car park which the river has visited often in the past.) The old bridge can be seen off to the centre right here with the weir in the centre ground:-

River Nith at Dumfries

Close up of weir and old bridge:-

Weir and Old Bridge, Dumfries

Two Bridges in Wick, Sutherland

Bridge over the Wick River; on road into town just at edge of town centre:-

A Bridge in Wick, Sutherland

Bridge near Harbour:-

Bridge Near Harbour, Wick

Karmsund Strait, Norway

The west coast of mainland Norway has a collection of islands off it which provide a reasonably sheltered passage north (or south.) Many ferries ply the waters, a vital lifeline in the days before North Sea oil and the building of roads to remoter regions, and still going.

Karmsund Strait is a passage between the island of Karmøy and the islands of Vestre Bokn and the mainland in the east.

The MV Black Watch approached the narrowest point of the strait towards nightfall:-

Nearing Karmsund Strait, Norway

These were electric pylons on Karmøy but not I think the ones on the photograph on the link above:-

Cable Pylons at Karmsund Strait

The very elegant Karmsund Bridge crosses the strait’s narrowest point:-

Bridge at Karmsund, Norway

Closer view. Note more pylons:-

Bridge at Karmsund, Closer View

Karmsund Bridge from below:-

Karmsund Bridge from Below

Reverse view:-

Karmsund Bridge Reverse View

The area was fairly built-up compared to the previous parts of Norway we’d seen:-

Houses by Karmsund Strait

There was even a house which might be described as Art Deco:-

Deco Style at Karmsund Strait

These were more Moderne than Deco:-

Moderne Style at Karmsund Strait

Lysefjord (iv) Bridge

The Norwegians have invested their oil extraction revenues into a fund that benefits every Norwegian. In addition they have built roads through their country, tunnelling through the mountains from fjord to fjord.

Not to mention bridges across the narrowest point of some fjords like this elegant one across Lysefjord:-

Bridge over Lysefjord, Norway

Closer view:-

Bridge over Lysefjord, Closer View

From below:-

Bridge Over Lysefjord from Below

There’s a solid rock mountain at one end of the bridge necessitating a sharp right turn (or left turn if you’re coming the other way):-

Bridge Over Lysefjord, Tight Turn

Reverse view:-

Bridge over Lysefjord, Reverse View

Edited to add:- there are some more photpgraphs of the bridge here. looking at the one on the right hand-side of the page it seems you can turn right or left (through a tunnel) at the cliff end of the bridge; which wasn’t obvious from fjord level.

Queensferry Crossing (vii)

These were taken around nine months ago before the gap in the roadway was finally closed.

From north bank of River Forth:-

New Forth Road Bridge 35

Closer view:-

New Forth Road Bridge 36

North cable stay tower and northern support pillar, from North Queensferry:-

New Forth Road Bridge 37

Central and south cable stay towers from North Queensferry:-

New Forth Road Bridge 34

These were taken at twilight a couple of days later. From South Queensferry:-

New Forth Road Bridge 38

Showing still to be completed roadway gap at south end:-

New Forth Road Bridge 39

Near full span at twilight from South Queensferry:-

New Forth Road Bridge 40

Pont Du Normandie

I didn’t look behind us as we strolled fom the SS Black Watch to Honfleur. When we got to town I saw a sign to Pont du Normandie but I hadn’t realised how close it was.

I soon found out when we walked a bit west from Honfleur harbour:-

Pont du Normandie from Honfleur

The bridge was very obvious when we were walking back to the ship but the best view was from the deck once we were back on board:-

Pont du Normandie from Seine at Honfleur

Later in the afternoon the lighting conditions had changed. The rain clouds had gone away.

Pont du Normandie in Sunshine

Over the other side of the River Seine near to Le Havre I could see this road bridge. Morning aspect:-

Road Bridge near Le Havre

The same bridge in the afternoon’s lighting conditions:-

Road Bridge near Le Havre

Canal Bridges, Bruges

When we saw a notice advertising boat trips on the canal in Bruges we opted for one straight away. These photos mostly feature bridges over the canal(s).

Setting off:-

Bruges by Boat 1

Typical view:-

View from Boat, Bruges

Not quite “mind your head”:-

Under Canal Bridge, Bruges

But certainly do this time. I think this was the one the guide said was the lowest:-

Lowest Bridge, Bruges

Looking back to low bridge:-

Looking back to Low Bridge, Bruges

Bridge and swans:-

Bridge and Swans, Bruges

Furthest bridge on the trip. I think the building beyond the bridge is something to do with the water management system in Bruges:-

Furthest Bridge, Bruges

Side bridge and swans. The bridge wasn’t one we went under. It looks too low for that:-

Side Bridge and Swans, Bruges

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