Thursday, November 20, 2008

Linn Cove Viaduct along the Blue Ridge Parkway

The Linn Cove Viaduct on the Blue Ridge Parkway is possibly the most photographed area on the Blue Ridge Parkway. This marvel was considered to be the most complicated concrete bridge ever built.

Construction for the Blue Ridge Parkway began on September 11, 1935 and by 1967 all but 7.5 miles of the 469.1 miles had been completed. The final segment presented a challenge to engineers because they did not want the environmental impact of cutting into Grandfather Mountain to build the roadway. To overcome this challenge, they decided to build a bridge and "snake it" around the mountain. Building a bridge on the side of a mountain at 4100 feet in elevation offered many challenges that were overcome with patience, perseverance, and endurance. This marvel is a reminder of what great things are possible when people work together to overcome obstacles.

For more information on the history of the Linn Cove Viaduct please click here.

This picture was taken using a long exposure on a very windy morning on the Blue Ridge Parkway. I tried capturing this image several times but everytime a car would appear, it would stop for a second or two on the viaduct to view the beautiful sunrise. It took some time, but finally I was able to find someone that was in such a hurry to get to work that they probably didn't even notice its beauty.


plantmama said...

Awesome picture, spectacular view. I must remember that one when I'm on the parkway.

Time Outdoors said...

Thanks for your kind words. I will be posting more areas for you to visit on the parkway. Today was great, we had 4-5 inches of snow, and for some reason they didn't close the parkway. I hope to go back tomorrow when the skies are a little clearer to get some better pictures.