Crossing the Rubicon.

Well, it’s actually the River Severn between England and Wales, but the point is the same.  This river has one of the largest tidal ranges in the world, so crossing it has always been a bit challenging.  It has fast currents, and from time to time a tidal bore, which is well worth seeking out.  One of the 20th-Century crossing routes for cars was via Aust, and it ran until 1966.  There are still traces of it to be found close to the M48 Severn Bridge which opened in 1966.

Reeds have taken over the slipway and it’s getting hard to imagine that a regular car ferry service ever operated there.  The original gates, derelict toilet block and pedestrian turnstile are still there but may be demolished soon.  Here I dropped down to a low level to get a silhouette of the gate against the sky.  It was the type of sky that looked best in black and white, so I used a Black & White Art filter on my Panasonic Lumix Tz-100 compact camera.  It’s the same for all these images.

The Second Severn Crossing (SSC) is not too far from the Aust Ferry gate.  It’s a cable-stayed bridge, unlike the original Severn Bridge which is a suspension bridge, and was opened in 1996.  There were some fabulous rain clouds about which gave great interest to the sky.  The showers from this one missed me but those from another one didn’t!  I carefully composed to get the bridge centre section in the bottom right-hand corner.

Later in the day, when the light had changed, I moved closer to the SSC to get the late afternoon sunlight on the edge of the road deck.  It was at the extreme of my camera’s zoom range, which can be little soft, but the contrasty light makes it look sharp enough. I’ve lowered the shadows to give a good dark feel to the image.

The moral is to take time to visit the land around bridges sometimes, rather than always crossing them as soon as you can.

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