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Mt. Jewett, McKean County, Pennsylvania

4 October 2012

Here is a foreshortened view of the Kinzua Viaduct Skywalk, showing the twisted wreckage of the towers that were toppled during the July 2003 tornado that whipped through the Kinzua Gorge. The decision to leave the debris on the valley floor was a wise one, I think, as it serves to illustrate what the forces of nature can do. It took thirty seconds ~ almost incomprehensible. The question arises: had they placed a heavy train on the bridge when bad weather was imminent, would the structure have withstood it? This has been a time-honored expedient, but in this case, there was no time. And as the bridge was being refurbished when the twister struck, that wasn’t an option anyway.

Another shot, along with more details, can be seen here.
A shot showing the gap created by the tornado is here.


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  • Deborah Downes
    Deborah Downesalmost 2 years ago

    Frightening. I agree with the decision to leave the remains of the towers. Love the POV and the contrast between the wreckage and the beautiful fall colors.

  • It’s such a dramatic sight… always was, even when it was intact, & awe-inspiring in either form! Now that we’ve broken the ice, so to speak, we’ll be journeying down there more often. Thanks for another favorite, too!

    – artwhiz47

  • Tom Gomez
    Tom Gomezalmost 2 years ago

    Wow, looks scary enough just with the hight but the power of nature should never be underestimated …

  • That day there was a woman who had a problem with heights out there, but she was determined! She stayed in the middle where the tracks still run. Also, at the end where there’s a large T-platform, there’s a glass floor that allows you to look down at the massive gridwork. Very impressive, but I suspect that woman gave that feature a wide berth! Thanks, Tom.

    – artwhiz47

  • peaky40
    peaky40almost 2 years ago

    Your shots really tell the story of how powerful the tornado was! Fantastic capture Shelia!

  • My next post will be of the artsy variety ~ a shot looking straight down from the Skywalk, all shadows & structure. Infinite numbers of points-of-view available that day. Thanks, Roy, & again for the favorite!

    – artwhiz47

  • Robin Brown
    Robin Brownalmost 2 years ago

    The only way was down then! I don’t have a head for heights. I get the wind up if I’m any distance off the ground!
    Spantastic capture Sheila :o) xx

  • Thanks, Robin. You are not alone in that … my mother didn’t mind heights, but she didn’t like ladders. HER mother, my grandmother, actually liked heights (as do I), but when she stood looking down at the rushing water near the brink of Niagara Falls, she was hypnotized by it, & always thought she might fall in. Not JUMP, mind you, but fall…. Into the fall, etc.

    – artwhiz47

  • Barry Norton
    Barry Nortonalmost 2 years ago

    Wonderful capture and narrative, nature always show’s us how puny we are in reality

  • The scene at Kinzua grabs the viewer & doesn’t let go easily! As lovers & respecters of Nature, we learn that lesson well. Many thanks, Barry.

    – artwhiz47

  • EdsMum
    EdsMumalmost 2 years ago

    Congratulations, 17th Oct. 2012….Shirley, Jean & Rene

  • Thanks for this, Mum!

    – artwhiz47

  • That’s Mum & Company……..

    – artwhiz47

  • clickinhistory
    clickinhistoryalmost 2 years ago

    you let hubby loose with his Ping machine again? Will have to get 007 involved at this rate ;) Nice details in the shot too

  • Can’t keep a good man down, eh? But there’s no gravity at Kinzual; at least we were able to rise above it all…. Thanks, Richard, & thanks for favoring #2, too.

    – artwhiz47

  • Meg Hart
    Meg Hartalmost 2 years ago

    What a disastrous event! An excellent series of photographs Sheila! Love the pov in this one. Congrats on the feature!

  • Thanks, Meg. Definitely a sight to see in person….

    – artwhiz47

  • Cindy Schnackel
    Cindy Schnackelalmost 2 years ago

    Wow, awesome power!

  • Thank you, Cindy. Awesome indeed!

    – artwhiz47

  • John44
    John44almost 2 years ago

    Great POV and capture Sheila

  • It took us a long time to get up the courage to go down there; SO glad we did. Thanks, John.

    – artwhiz47

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