Blue Bridge Control Shack
Just before Christmas I had about 20 minutes to kill downtown on a frosty clear morning. Just enough time to rush out to the Johnson Street Bridge and take a few quick pictures. I noticed that the bridge had an interesting reflection in the window of the control shack where the operator resides, raising the bridge for marine traffic when needed. I was peering and pointing my camera when the door next to the window opened abruptly. How embarrassing, it must have looked like I was looking in, when I was just trying to get the reflection lined up. Which needless to say did not really happen.
But, I explained myself and the guy invited me into his domain and even allowed me to take some pictures. I wished I had had some seasonal cheer in my bag, even shortbread or mince tarts or something to give to him. He did seem to appreciate a bit of company. Anyway, I snapped and ran and even made my appointment on time. Today I am showing you the control shack on the Johnson Street Bridge, locally called The Blue Bridge, ever since it was painted a bright but pale blue a few decades ago.
The bridge is soon to be demolished and replaced. It has been allowed to rot, some think deliberately in order to be able to remove it. I doubt that. It is more likely that a big chunk of steel like this spanning a bit of ocean and subjected to salt at all times of the year will get fatal rust after 90 odd years. However, it is a shame as it is one of few bridges of this design that survive, and is very much a Victoria landmark. In the next few days I will show you more of the bridge. But for today, it is just the shack, mostly its insides, since it is not often that anyone gets to look around in there.
I am using a gallery again today – mostly I just don’t have time to arrange the photos and insert them one by one into a post. Or, in other words, it’s past my bedtime. Also, I kind of like the gallery feature – it does a good job of displaying the images in a large format and allowing viewers to select the ones they want to see larger. I did not have time to take images that were interesting in and of themselves and I was more concerned with documentation than with ‘art’. But, I hope you find some of them interesting for their content, if not their form.