Under the bridge – Millennium Pedestrial Bridge in London

“Adventure is a path. Real adventure – self-determined, self-motivated, often risky – forces you to have firsthand encounters with the world. The world the way it is, not the way you imagine it. Your body will collide with the earth and you will bear witness. In this way you will be compelled to grapple with the limitless kindness and bottomless cruelty of humankind – and perhaps realize that you yourself are capable of both. This will change you. Nothing will ever again be black-and-white.” – Mark Jenkins

I remember listening to a podcast from Rick Steve’s about the history of this area along the Thames and some of the artifacts that were along the banks of this historic river. Having traveled to London a few times before, I can honestly say that I had never even though about getting this close to the water. Funny how its hard to even think about water running through such a large city as being…..well…actually….WATER. I mean, unless you are Kramer from Seinfeld, would you ever think about going for a swim in the East River? Nuff said……

So he (Rick Steves) talked a little bit about how, mixed among the many pieces of brick, were smoking pipes….from the 1800’s! On the flight across the pond, it was one of the few things that I guess I lodged back into the “If I ever happen to be there” file part of the brain. After a semi dangerous leap down off of the seawall, and after the Nikon was set up on the sticks to capture a few frames, I looked around and was reminded of his story. Hmmm, maybe this is where he was talking about. Amazing, after looking around for only about 5 minutes, I scored 3 or 4 of these little pipes. Kind of like these little ceramic things….bizaarre. How they could be there from over 100 years ago amazes me actually. Then again, they could have been crack pipes from last week. I like to think not though. I left them there for the next brave photographer to find….

(man, was THAT a dumb story…true, but so boring…..)

Anyway, enjoy the image. I used a little “oil paint” effect on the foreground and a few other areas just in case you were wondering about the “swirly look!” I kinda like it!

One more thing. I notice that my friend Jim Nix had just posted a shot of this bridge today on Instagram. Check out his site here for more cool HDR and travel images!

As always, more on ALL of this later…

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