Sunday, December 18, 2011

Meridian Bridge

The Meridian Bridge in Yankton, South Dakota was built in 1924.  This double decker, vertical lift bridge was initially a toll bridge.  Trains were to run on the lower deck and vehicles on the upper deck.  For some reason the trains never did travel on the lower deck. With the bridge being only 33 feet wide the lower deck was converted to the traffic heading south bound to Nebraska and the upper deck would serve as the north bound route to South Dakota on Highway 81.  In 1953 the bridge became a non toll bridge allowing free passage to it's travelers and in 1993 the Meridian Bridge was added to the National Registry of Historical Places.   In 2008 the Meridian Bridge was replaced with the Discovery Bridge built directly to the west.  Presently the Meridian Bridge has been converted to a pedestrian bridge for all to enjoy.  It will eventually link a series of multi-use trails along the Missouri River corridor.

Personally, I love this bridge. It has been an icon of the city of Yankton since it was built.  I have traveled over this bridge hundreds of times. It wasn't until a couple weekends ago, when I walked across the bridge for the first time, that I realized how truly grand this structure really is.   The overall engineering that went into building a structure like this just amazes me.  The nuts, bolts, welds, rivets were all done by skilled laborers with no modern power tools. If that isn't enough just think of working high above the Missouri River!

My hats off to all  the people and governing bodies that built this structure.  Thank you also to the people that helped save and continue to take care of this prairie icon.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011



Tiny droplets of water
stream down a cold blade of grass,
the stream slows as it gets cooler,
freezing the droplet into a milky white
fragile glass of nature.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

The Holiday Season Has Begun!

This past Friday night was our local Parade of Lights.  It was the 20th anniversary and the city shot off a few fireworks to celebrate. Of course, I love taking pictures of fireworks so much that I didn't get much of the parade!  We start off this set of pictures with Joseph, our favorite reindeer....

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving

They sat carefree, relaxed and enjoying the
sunrise this Thanksgiving morning. 
Do they know it is Thanksgiving and are really reflecting
on what they are thankful for, or is it just another day?

To some people, it is just another day and yet to
others, it is all about the gathering of friends and family
and yet to others, there is work to be done taking care of others.

This Thanksgiving, take a look around and be
thankful for what you have and remember to say it
along the way to the people that mean the most in your life.

Happy Thanksgiving

Sunday, November 6, 2011

The Fall Leaves......

Various shades of green, gold, orange and reds,
all joined together as the finale of fall.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

The Old Barn

The old barn
It once housed the muscle of the working prairie farm.
Built stone by stone with mortar made from blood sweat and tears.
For decades, it stood like a prairie fortress over the river valley.
Now it basks in the glow of the prairie sunset,
left only with memories.--------Nancy Tesdall


Monday, October 31, 2011

Ed's Barn........

"We're running out of time. Can you imagine an America without a barn on the landscape? Is that the America we want?"------Rod Scott

Sunday, October 30, 2011

The Hunt..........

"All the sounds of this valley run together into one great echo, a song that is sung by all the spirits of this valley. Only a hunter hears it." --Chaim Potok