This is one of the reasons why “Covered Bridges” were originally built, not only to span the waterway below, but also to serve as a safe haven for travelers in a storm!
When I arrived here this afternoon, I was only able to grab three shots… before the skies opened up with the fury of a very powerful thunderstorm! (In the last three weeks, this exact same thing has happened each time I ventured out to photograph a bridge! Go figure that!) I was hoping to catch a bolt of lightning in the shot, but that didn’t happen.
You are viewing the Moreland / Fraser Covered Bridge, which is located near Lairdsville, Pennsylvania. It is one of the finest examples of the true Pennsylvania covered bridge. This example is as “authentic” as they come!
The Morland Bridge was built in 1888, spanning Muncy Creek in Moreland Township. It is also know locally as The Fraser Covered Bridge. The structure still has all of its original timbers, in a classic “Burr Arch” design. This bridge is officially listed on the US National Historical Register and has been maintained by the Lycoming County Commissioners.
Update December 2011: The Moreland Covered is currently being restored and is nearly completed. The floods in the wake of Hurricane Irene and Lee have delayed the restoration, but it will be finished soon. As soon as the bridge is fully restored I will post new photos.
Interior View and Construction Details of the Bridge
A Canon EOS 10D DSLR body, fitted with a Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L Zoom lens was used. The lens was set to its widest focal length of 17mm. The camera’s shutter speed was 1/90th sec at f/4. The camera’s ISO was set to 100. This photograph was taken “hand-held” and is “straight from the camera” with no processing or alterations.
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