BRISTOL 103 – THE RIVER BELOW BRISTOL BRIDGE
August 16, 2016 6 Comments
This is a Mute Swan, the species that stays with us all year, which is common on waterways and lakes in towns and cities – especially where they are fed by passersby! Due to the fact that these birds habitually up end and reach down into the murky waters for vegetation, its head and neck are a little darker than the rest of its plumage.
The reflections in the water are from the side of the Glassboat, which is a floating restaurant moored right beside Bristol Bridge.
And Bristol Bridge is exactly what its name says – because it is thought to be on the site of the very first, Anglo Saxon bridge, a wooden structure that gave the city its name – in the year AD 1063 the settlement around this early bridge was known as Brycgstow, the site of the bridge. By AD 1200, that early name had become Bristoll. This bridge, and hence the settlement that grew up around it, were at the lowest crossing point of the River Avon – see this link.
These murky waters also hold a particular memory for me because it was from this bridge, sometime in the 1930s or 1940s, that my errant father, who was both a policeman and an expert swimmer, dived into the river to save the life of someone who, intent on suicide, had jumped off the bridge.
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X-T1 with 55-200 Fujinon lens at 305mm (equiv); 1600 ISO.