San Francisco Golden Gate Park

Commercial photography gallery of architecture, flowers, trees, water in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco. These are from the Japanese Tea Garden and the Botanical Gardens from March 2017:

Color Collage Spring!

Reno’s Virginia Street Bridge – Demolition Has Started!

Yesterday’s aerial construction demolition photos of the Virginia Street Bridge, the oldest of all the usable bridges spanning the Truckee River. This 1905 iconic bridge is being replaced after sustaining damage from flooding in 1997 and 2005. The bridge has long been the symbol of divorce folklore – newly granted divorcees would cast their wedding rings into the Truckee River from this location. Here are some additional interesting notes:

  • 1939 movie – “Reno” about the life and times of a Nevada divorce lawyer includes the bridge
  • 1961 movie – “The Misfits” starring Clark Gable and Marilyn Monroe shows the bridge site
  • Listed in the National Register of Historic Places since 1980
  • Over 14,000 visitors and residents use the bridge every day

 

Close-up of Virginia Street Bridge Aerial in Reno, NV

Close-up of Virginia Street Bridge Aerial in Reno, NV

 

Virginia Street Bridge Reno Aerial

Virginia Street Bridge Reno Aerial along the Truckee River

 

Bridge Construction

The country’s largest cathedral-arch bridge is a 295-ft-tall bridge located about 20 miles south of Reno. along highway 580. The 2012 opening of Galena Bridge in Reno shortens the drive time to Carson City by 15 minutes and diverts traffic away from communities in Washoe County for approximately 40,000 cars per day . The highway and bridge project totaled an estimated cost of  $600 million dollars and after 10 years of challenging delays the 2012 opening was welcomed by many. Here are some aerial images of the construction project.

Bridge Construction in Nevada