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Wawona Covered Bridge

One silver lining in a low-water year is that at least it gives you occasional opportunities at seeing the world in a different light. The south fork of the Merced River here would normally never be so calm and still in early August. That said, I'd certainly rather have a normal snowpack.


"The Wawona Covered Bridge is a covered bridge spanning the South Fork of the Merced River near Wawona, California in Yosemite National Park. The bridge was built by Galen Clark, the steward of what was then called the Yosemite Grant, in 1868, without its cladding. The bridge was a major component of Clark's proposed new road from Wawona to the Yosemite Valley. Clark was unable to complete the road, which he sold to the Washburn Group of investors along with the Wawona Hotel. The Washburn Group completed the road to the Yosemite Valley in 1879. It is one of twelve remaining covered bridges in California.


The modified queen post truss was covered with Douglas fir cladding in 1878, enclosing the Ponderosa pine structure and its iron tie rods. The bridge served automobile traffic until 1937, when a new bridge was built about 200 metres (660 ft) to the southwest. The bridge was repaired by Civilian Conservation Corps labor the same year. In 1955 the bridge was damaged by flooding. Marked for replacement on account of the damage and its poor general condition, the bridge was instead reconstructed after National Park Service landscape architect Thomas Chalmers Vint intervened in its favor. Work was funded as part of the Park Service's Mission 66 program, using the bridge as the centerpiece of an interpretive exhibit on the history of the Wawona area." (Wikipedia)


7-shot HDR image made from JPEG files taken hand-held with an Olympus OM-D E-M5 camera and M.Zuiko 12-50mm lens, exposure bracketed at nine frames per second, 12mm focal length (24mm FF equivalent), ISO 200, 1/30-sec, f/7.1, with a Hoya circular polarizing filter. Merged and tonemapped in Photomatix Pro 4.2. The sky was really that blue, with the polarizing filter emphasizing the depth of it, and matching what I saw through my ever-present, similarly polarized sunglasses. :o)

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Taken on August 5, 2012