When I arrived to photograph this bridge, I was immediately greeted by a violent thunderstorm and torrential rain! I “rode out” the storm inside the bridge, as I waited for the rainfall to diminish. My patience was rewarded with the vision that you see pictured here.
The sky was still very gray and there was a thick mist in the saturated air. The sun was able to peek through an opening in the clouds, just above the horizon, before disappearing behind the mountain.
This is the Moreland Covered Bridge near Lairdsville, Pennsylvania. The bridge is on Covered Bridge Road, off of State Route 118, in eastern Lycoming County. It is also called the “Frazier Bridge” or “Lairdsville Bridge” and is one of the finest examples of the true Pennsylvania covered bridge. The bridge has survived 125 years of thunderstorms, floods, hail, wind, snow and every temperature extreme imaginable. I thank God that this bridge still stands, as a testament to our rich heritage! Hurricane Irene almost destroyed this great landmark in 2011, several years after this shot was taken. Fortunately, the bridge was being refurbished when the floods hit and it was saved, Today, it looks just as perfect as it did in the 1880’s.
The Moreland Bridge was built in 1888, permitting safe passage across “Little” Muncy Creek in Moreland Township. It is also know 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 beautifully maintained by the Lycoming County Commissioners.
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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