Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #223 – Flights of Fancy

This week, John (photobyjohnbo)” leads Flights of Fancy. He encourages us, “…consider sharing images of interesting or unusual subjects that represent notions or ideas that seem incredible even today or seemed unrealistic at some point in the past.” I choose Brooklyn Bridge for this theme.

The original idea of this suspension bridge was to connect Manhattan and Brooklyn. It has two levels. The lower level carries cars, with three lanes in each direction. The upper level carries pedestrians and bicycles. The design was unusual and imaginative, even today.

Demas Barnes

It was a beautiful day when we were walking through the bridge toward


This bridge was the longest suspension bridge in the world at the time of its opening, with a main span of 1,595.5 feet (486.3 m). It’s hard to image that they could build this bridge with the tools they had in the early 19th centry.

When Washington Roebling suffered a paralyzing injury as a result of caisson disease shortly after ground was broken for the Brooklyn tower foundation. His wife, Emily Warren Roebling began to oversee the day-to-day construction of the Brooklyn Bridge.

Emily W. Roebling understood mathematics, calculations of catenary curves, strengths of materials, bridge specifications, and the intricacies of cable construction. She spent the next 11 years helping supervise the bridge’s constructio, taking over much of the chief engineer’s duties, including day-to-day supervision and project management — NY History.org. A woman engineer at that time probably was unheard of.

A view of the Manhattan Bridge from the Brooklyn Bridge.

on May 24, 1883, thousands of people attended the opening ceremony, and many ships were present in the East River for the occasion. Officially, Emily Warren Roebling was the first to cross the Brooklyn Bridge.

photo source above:NY History

We hope you’ll sharing your images and stories. Click here to view John’s photos and stories of Flights of Fancy. Inspiring, indeed!

The night scene of NYC:

Thank you for your responses for the Mountains are Calling theme. I had the privilege to travel magnificent mountains around the world with you through your lens. And, your stories and travels are fascinating.

Florin (Florinpopa) reminds us that we should not only admire the beauty but also listen to mountains, because “They all have something to say and to teach if we could just silence ourselves long enough to listen.”

Donna shares her thoughts beautifully, “The stillness that encompasses us, allows us to hear quiet. It is here we find peace. It is here we find tranquility. It is here we discover an unexplained reverie, a connectedness to nature, and to ourselves.”  — Donna (Wind Kisses)

Dawn (Peaceful at Dawn) says,”… if the mountains are calling, it is worth answering!” Seeing her Yosemite Half Dome image turning orange at sunset makes me want to go now!

Next week, Sofia hosts challenge #224, Exposure. If you’d like to join in on the weekly challenges and want to know how to get started, click here.


48 thoughts on “Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #223 – Flights of Fancy

  1. Wonderful post, Amy! You picked one of my favorite places in NYC. I had heard that Roebling’s son took over the project, but I didn’t know that Roebling’s wife ended up finishing it! Wonderful and fascinating. I really enjoyed this!


    • Thank you, Patti. It was a gigatic project. Many worker died and got very sick. Emily R’s contributions have not been recognized and were not documented as it should.


  2. Great photos and history. Last August we did a walking tour of the Brooklyn Bridge and Brooklyn Heights. We were told a lot of celebs live in the Heights, less visible than Manhattan. Priced accordingly. (High!)

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  3. Some amazing detail in the story of the bridge, its construction and envisioning, and as you point out, a woman taking on the project back then. I’ve always been intrigued by bridges, they fascinate me, and I love watching them being built.


  4. Wonderful post Amy. You gave us a great history lesson and beautiful bridge images. I think it’s amazing that the one family member to finish the project was a woman. In those days, that was unheard of. Thanks for the information.

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    • Thank you, Anne! I’m encouraged by your comment. So glad I have a chance to share the history behind the scene. To recognize Emily W. Roebling’s contribution was my motivation for writing this post. 🙂

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  5. Excellent choice for the week Amy. Have seen that bridge at least a thousand times but never looked into its history. I loved that the wife of the original designer’s son brought the project to completion and was first to cross! Amazing

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    • Thank you for taking time to read this lengthy post, Tina. The history is still fanscinating to me. I posted the story some years ago with my photos taken on a rainy day, no one seemed to know it was completed by a woman engineer and she was the first one cross the bridge.


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