The eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge and a flock of resting Whimbrel's

27 January 2010


Photographs by Neil Mishalov

Camera: Canon D10

This photo shows the eastern cantilever section of the original San Francisco - Oakland Bay Bridge. Visible to its right you can see the new replacement bridge under construction. The estimated date of completion is 2013. The original Bay Bridge opened for traffic in November 1936, six months before the Golden Gate Bridge opened in 1937. The Bay Bridge is a two level bridge. The lower level has eastbound traffic and the upper level carries westbound traffic. I think of the Bay Bridge as two bridges anchored in the middle by Yerba Buena Island. The western section of the Bay Bridge is actually two suspension bridges on either side of a a middle anchorage. At 5:04 p.m., on 17 October 1989, a magnitude 7 earthquake caused a 50 foot section of the upper deck of the eastern span of the bridge to collapse onto the deck below. That damage, more than 20 years ago, was the catalyst to construct a new replacement bridge. 9 separate images were combined to make this panoramic photo. The picture was taken from the Emeryville Marina.

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Sailboats and seabirds shimmering inside the Emeryville Marina.

I believe these are Whimbrel's taking a rest before they continue their migratory journey.

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