Beauty in ContrastLacey V. Murrow Memorial Bridge
For those of you that have read our previous posts, you know that I have a 30 minute commute each day to and from work. You may also recall that I cross Lake Washington each day over the Evergreen Point Floating Bridge or the Lacey V. Murrow Memorial Bridge depending on traffic. But you may not know that these are the 2nd and 3rd longest floating bridges in the world, surpassed only by the Hood Canal Bridge which lies roughly 30 miles Northeast of Bellevue here in Washington. While I have not crossed Hood Canal, if the views are anywhere as specular as Evergreen and Lacey, then a trip is well warranted!
When the sun is out, the mountains and surrounding trees radiate vivid colors of amazing contrasts. On stormy days the surface of the lake becomes a chaotic display of colliding wind swells forming peaks that seem to be in perfect concert with one another. Since both routes are literally floating on the water, crossing the bridge gives you the sensation of sailing along the water line which lies just a few feet below the rush of traffic. Views of the Olympic and Cascade Mountains make up a remarkable backdrop with Mount Rainier and Mount Baker visible on clear days. The University of Washington’s Husky Stadium and adjoining Union Bay are also viewable along the Evergreen Bridge.
It is a bit difficult to snap pictures while driving at 50 MPH in traffic, but I did manage to get a few shots from the car. In the pic above you are looking southeast at the shores of Mercer Island on the left and Seward Park is the darker landmass on the right. The shot at the top of the page is looking due east toward Mercer Island – these shots were taken in close sequence as you can see the same truck in both photos. Clearly a gorgeous day, I will make sure and capture and post a similar shot during stormy conditions so you can see just how much different things look; equally beautiful, but different nonetheless.
I generally take Lacey on the way to work and then Evergreen on the way home. This not only affords me a change of scenery, but typically makes the trip in to work a bit faster. On the way home as I round the bend on I5 South into Seattle the views are equally spectacular. I will stop soon and try to capture the skyline at night just to get a feel for the grandeur of it all. I must say it is comforting to know that somewhere in the heart of that metropolis lays a very comfortable and serene home; I guess that is yet another example of how the contrasts in life can often deliver the most memorable impressions. This is certainly no exception.
More to come…
February 23, 2010 / The Vintage Gourmet / 2
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