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Clifton Suspension Bridge

A tog told me… at a certain time in winter you can get a view of the sun rising under the Clifton Suspension Bridge so I decided to take a trip down as a recognisance visit.  I knew that it would be too early in the Autumn to get this view but I wanted to see the lay of the land. I had a 5 am start and a drive down to the south side of the river.  There’s a small off-road place to park and about a mile walk down a very dark and dingy path.  The sunrise was not kind.  This was the first image I took before even I had adjusted my settings.

Clifton Suspension Bridge
Clifton Suspension Bridge – Click the Image for a High-Resolution Image 

Then it sort of all went a bit wrong.  My feet were getting wet at this part of the bank is little more than a build-up of driftwood.  I decided to call it a day and head back home.  The sun was rising behind the far bank as I walked down the track.  As I walked down the sun caught a small sapling with bright red leaves.  I had one of those moments when I thought “can I really be bothered to get all my gear out again?”.  I have learnt that whenever I feel that the answer should always be “YES!!”.

As I swung my rucksack off I nearly took out the only other person I saw that morning who was a cyclist on his way to work.  Sorry, Chap!  I set up my gear and noticed I could move another branch slightly out of the way to leave the red-leaved sapling in the clear frame of the bridge.  Then the cloud Gods smiled on me too.  A slightly pink cloud slowly blue into frame.

Anybody hearing me talking to the cloud saying “Come on, you beauty!!” might have been forgiven for thinking I’m nuts.  The cloud came into frame and I got this shot.

Clifton Suspension Bridge
Clifton Suspension Bridge – Click the Image for a High-Resolution Image 

 

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