You snooze, you lose?

Scheduling and disagreeable weather held off a trip to the lakefront to see the spring profusion of cherry blossoms. I made it down today – the one day of sunshine between bouts of cold, miserable rain – and found that I was too late to catch the bloom this year.

But there were other, unexpected gifts to appreciate:

A graceful pier from which one can contemplate how the sunlight sparkles on the surface of the water…

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Leaning shadows and silhouettes to frame and capture…

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Waterfront pathways to wander…

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And trees no longer in bloom, but pleasing nonetheless.

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This pier was once the foundation of a railway bridge, built in 1912, primarily to support the industries on the west side of the Grand River in Galt, Ontario. I made this photo earlier this week.

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Here’s a photo, made in August of 2016, of the opposite side of the same pier:


The bridge has been gone since the 1960’s, and the piers have stood here since, quiet and stoic, serving as canvas for optimistic graffiti artists (“PILLAR OF HOPE”, reads the message in the bottom photo).

A controversial plan to build a $1 million pedestrian bridge using this foundation is in the works.

If the view ends up changing, I’ll let you know. 🙂


I read this piece on the Idea Exchange website to get the brief scoop on the history of this bridge.