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Saturday, August 1, 2009

The Sunshine Skyway Bridge....

Bridges scare me... always have done.... they are high... there's generally something dangerous underneath like deep treacherous water, fast moving traffic or trolls. Mostly I just get tense up a little, close my eyes and pray until i get to the other side and off what I consider the worst of the engineering achievements of mankind. We were quite happy going around weren't we?


However, this last time that we passed through Tampa we thought we'd take a little detour over the Sunshine Skyway Bridge, it's a doozy for us bridgephobics. We stopped on the fishing pier for a closer look (I think the fishing pier used to be part of the original bridge before a disaster involving a boat colliding with the bridge~see there are always disasters!).
I stuck the camera (pre Nikon so don't judge) in front of me and just snapped.... this was a little distraction from the fact I was one a bridge (first strike) it was pretty high (second strike) and there were HUGE flapping birds (third strike)!!!!!!

Enormous feathered friends and regular blokes just fished along side each other like they had been doing it all their lives. Kids were holding out little fish that they were using as bait and the birds would just come along and eat out of their hands... or catch the fish if you launched it up into the air..... too cool!!! for a land lubber like me anyway.


Steve and Ashley enjoyed the view while I snapped away at some of the wildlife sharing our experience... herons, terradactils (hee hee), pelicans, seagulls and others I just don't know the names of.... all out there enjoying the Florida sunshine!





Now get me the hell of this pier and back onto dry land....


5 comments:

otin said...

I saw that bridge on the worlds 10 best bridges! I went over the old one years ago! I, unlike you love bridges, it is tunnels that I could do without!

marinik said...

great pictures... so is it safe to say that you are a bit over the phobia??? For you to be able to stand on the bridge and even take pictures... I'd say that's a step forward... well done.
my mom can't stand closets, not other tight places just closets... go figure

Georgie K. Buttons said...

I love the one with the bird next to the fishermen. That is so funny.

Kamana said...

Hi! My first time here. What great big feathered friends you have :) I love bridges for the views. Do not particularly like swinging ones though!

McGillicutty said...

Otin.. don't particularly like tunnels either!!

Mari... it was pretty stessful but I'm glad for the pictures.

Georgie... glad you saw the humor in that too, it's kinda surreal for me a little English gal who never saw sights like this before!

Kamana...welcome and please stop by again, swinging bridges would make me pee in my pants.

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