Sunday, January 20, 2013

The "new" Jordan Bridge

A few photos of the "new" Jordan Bridge.  Officially called the South Norfolk Jordan Bridge.  There is a very nice, 8-foot wide, sidewalk going over the bridge.  Hopefully I'll be able to get some nice sunset pictures from the top of the bridge in the next few weeks.

Heading up to the top of the bridge

The domes in the background belong to a new Wood Pellet storage facility

Downtown Norfolk from the top of the bridge

Virginia Beach Town Center is off to the east

The creek where Maggie & Joyce played as children.  No crab was safe from these skillful hunters!

Another view of Maggie's creek

Toxic Beach!  No sun bathers out today!

What?  No swimming?

The bridge is so new, it still has that new concrete smell!

Looking north from under the bridge

Train trestle over Maggie's Creek
The "old" Jordan Bridge.  November 25, 2008.  Just a few minutes after Dylan Matthew Stahl was born.

Jordan Bridge - Part II

A few photos from around the "new" Jordan Bridge, trying to look like what you may have seen around the "old" Jordan Bridge.



Looking south from the top of the "new" Jordan Bridge.

Looking north from beneath the bridge..  This is a train bridge, that resembles very closely what the "old" Jordan Bridge looked like.

Under the "new" bridge.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Seven Steps to a Sunrise

Dawn over the Elizabeth River - January 11, 2013

Friday, January 4, 2013

Hollywood Cemetery in Richmond, Virginia

Hollywood Cemetery sits on a bluff upon the James River and is the final resting place for two US presidents, the president of the Confederate States of America, twenty-five Confederate generals, numerous Confederate soldiers, and many other famous Virginians.  It was a very peaceful place to visit on a cold, overcast, winter's day, and is probably quite beautiful in the spring and fall.


This was on the back of a memorial stone.  I think it pretty much sums it up!

Although the family name did not sound Irish, there were a couple of tombstones with these possibly "Irish" cutouts.

The James River in the background.
The tomb of Jefferson Davis, President of the Confederacy, along with his wife and daughter.

Jefferson Davis

The tomb of James Monroe, 5th President of the United States.

The tomb of John Tyler, 10th President of the United States.  
"Tippecanoe and Tyler too"
Quite a few graves had statues of dogs next to them.

Another "good boy" waits with his master.

All dressed up and no where to go!

While the headstone is not to remarkable, the Confederate campaigns listed on it show that this man probably saw a lot of bloodshed - the Wilderness Campaign, the battle of Manassas, the battle of the Crater in Petersburg, and the surrender at Appamatox.

The large pyramid in the background was built in 1869 as a memorial to the more than 18,000 Confederate enlisted soldiers buried in Hollywood Cemetery.

Nandina berries add some color to the gray winter day.
Any graduates of Maury High School?  Matthew Maury was the father of modern oceanography, and an important figure in the Confederate Secret Service.  After the war he built the "New Virginia Colony" in Mexico, a place for Confederate soldiers and sympathizers to resettle. 

A mausoleum overlooks the James River.

I just liked the inscription on this headstone - "...Leave I Now MY Husband Sleeping"

The grave of James Milliard Glave - Father of the Architectural Adaptive Reuse Movement. 

Nandina berries

A bit of whimsy amongst the steadfastness of Hollywood Cemetery

Virginia State Capital

While in Richmond recently I had a little time to kill so I stopped off at the Virginia State Capital.  I wish I could have stayed longer.  Very interesting!

The Virginia state capital was designed by Thomas Jefferson.  The West & East wings were not part of the original design and were added later.

The West Wing

The Rotunda

George Washington.  This is the only statue of George Washington that he actually posed for.  It was said to be a perfect likeness.

George Washington under the rotunda.

The statue of George Washington from the third floor.

The Governor's office.  I asked to speak to Bob, but he wasn't in!

The original chamber for the House of Delegates.  This room was used to film the scenes from the movie "Lincoln" that depicted the US Capital.

The Governor's Mansion.

The top of a fence near the capital.

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