Great shot with nice color! It's always been a problem for me keeping the winter shots from having too much of a blue cast to them, you've done a good job keeping the snow nice & white. There are some spots I know of where a covered bridge had been, you can still see partial abutments, but they're almost all gone now Doug
Why did they make bridges like this, covered up like giant barns? We have nothing like it in UK - to my knowlege.
They were and are exceptionally practical devices where the climate can range from near tropical to arctic.
Stone would crack and crumble as water seeped between its joints, then froze in the winter and expanded. Our present asphalt and cement roads still suffer this damage caused by our erratic and often ferocious weather. "Potholes" are a year round ongoing expense and unrelenting enemy of our infrastructure.
Wood is much more flexible and by covering these beautiful (to me ) constructions their useable life spans were greatly lengthened. They are also relatively cheaply and easily maintained and repaired.
I have heard that it was much easier to control horses and cattle that had to cross these bridges as they could not see what was below them.
Last Edit: Feb 3, 2014 18:26:06 GMT -5 by mickeyobe