Reflections Before Sunrise: The Forth Railway Bridge  by DonDavisUK

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The Forth Railway Bridge Queensferry Edinburgh Scotland: The 2.5 km. (1.5 mile) Forth Railway Bridge, the world’s first major steel bridge, with its gigantic girder spans of 521 m. (1710 ft.) ranks as one of the great feats of civilization. It was begun in 1883 and formally completed on 4 March 1890 when HRH Edward Prince of Wales tapped into place a ‘golden’ rivet.

I love this old bridge because it brings back many wonderful memories of my childhood as we travelled across it on old trains to Burnt Island and Kinghorn for day trips. Nostalgic, I know, but I have a fascination with things that influenced my life. I was always struck by it’s sheer size and complex construction. I even tried to build it once from matchsticks and glue.

I captured this picture on a cold and frosty morning in Nov 2008 when visiting my sick father in Edinburgh Royal Infirmary. I’ll always remember the look on his face as I showed him this picture on my Nikon screen. He said, through his oxygen mask “WOW son, that’s brilliant!” Thanks dad!

Camera: Nikon D700 Lense 24-120mm.

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  • Jadon
    Jadonover 5 years ago

    Wow, what a shot Don, very well done…

  • Hi Jason, thanks my friend. Don

    – DonDavisUK

  • shakey
    shakeyover 5 years ago

    Superb Don.

  • Hi Shakey, thank you for that. Don.

    – DonDavisUK

  • Teresa Zieba
    Teresa Ziebaover 5 years ago

    OMG Don, what a fabulous shot my friend. Excellent.

  • Hey there Teresa, thanks for that. Don.

    – DonDavisUK

  • theague
    theagueover 5 years ago

    Great image, great story and brings back memories of my own… stuck in traffic for four hours trying to cross the stupid vehicle bridge when going “home” to Aberdeen.

  • Hi Kody, I know what you mean about traffic, I was stuck in it all the way back to London from Edinburgh (snow, Ice, accidents,) ahhh! Thanks for viewing and commenting. Don.

    – DonDavisUK

  • rodsfotos
    rodsfotosover 5 years ago

    A wonderful low light image of this so famous bridge over the Forth Don, great perspective and your exposure was perfect, well done indeed,
    Regards, Rod.

  • Hi Rod, great to be back again:) Thanks for that my friend. Don.

    – DonDavisUK

  • grarbaleg
    grarbalegover 5 years ago

    u r multi talented great capture light the whole thing is fab well done abundance to u

  • Hey there Gararbaleg, thanks for your encouraging words. Don.

    – DonDavisUK

  • Catherine Hamilton-Veal  ©
    Catherine Hami...over 5 years ago

    Don its amazing a beautiful sight for sure.x

  • Hey there Catherine, thanks for that. Don.

    – DonDavisUK

  • Tom Gomez
    Tom Gomezover 5 years ago

    An excellent morning shot Dave, I love this bridge and I can’t wait for the day when all the plastic sheeing comes off and the bridge is restored to its former glory.

  • Hi Tom, I get called all sorts, so don’t worry:) LOL. Thanks for that, I was wondering about the sheeting? I thought at first there were parts of the girders missing, until I zoomed in on one of my pics.

    – DonDavisUK

  • Tom Gomez
    Tom Gomezover 5 years ago

    Oooops, sorry Don, not sure why I wrote “Dave” – hehehe

  • Cora Wandel
    Cora Wandelover 5 years ago

    Dave, I mean Tom, no no, Don! Don, this is a great photo, love the image and words!

  • Hey there Cora, you make me laught you do:) LOL. Thanks for that. Don.

    – DonDavisUK

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