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The Moses Bridge

 

Remember the story of Moses parting the waters of the Red Sea (Exodus)?

This is the Dutch version, with Astrid "modeling" it, 21 April.

Halsteren, Netherlands


But not a boat in sight, I'm afraid, for this Boat Friday!



The Moses Bridge

 

Remember the story of Moses parting the waters of the Red Sea (Exodus)?

This is the Dutch version, with Astrid "modeling" it, 21 April.

Halsteren, Netherlands


But not a boat in sight, I'm afraid, for this Boat Friday!



comments (45)

  • Emily
  • Canada
  • 18 May 2012, 01:42
What a cute photo smile
Ginnie Hart: Definitely not something I see every day, Emily. smile
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 18 May 2012, 01:43
Great Photo what a great structure
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Vintage. It sure is unusual, isn't it!
I love the picture of Astrid parting the pond Ginnie... but wouldn't a simple bridge have sufficedgrin....petersmile
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Peter. I think they wanted to blend in! grin This actually is a moat around what used to be a fort. No one back then was supposed to get across from one side to the other. But now they want people to visit and see the entire layout, so this is how they "compromised." smile
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 18 May 2012, 04:37
smile This was such a great experience to walk 'through' the water. Great shot, we had lots of fun here.
Ginnie Hart: It really was quite an experience, MLMA. Leave it to Dutch engineering to figure it out!
  • Elaine-
  • Canada
  • 18 May 2012, 04:46
hehe, yeah, must have needed moses to build that!! very cool, i wish i could walk thru it smile
Ginnie Hart: It is quite the experience, Elaine. Have never heard of such a thing, apart from Moses!
  • sherri
  • Germany
  • 18 May 2012, 05:13
gotta love the colors here, especially the reflection of the umbrella in the water.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Sherri. Spring was just taking a foothold at that time here in the Netherlands. Everything was so yellow-green, even the water! smile
This is really great! What a wonderful place, and as Astrid says - what a wonderful experience it must've been!
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Elizabeth. It's one of those things you can't believe until you experience it!
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 18 May 2012, 06:29
Is this water carefully controlled, Ginnie? It looks as if a heavy rain storm might swamp poor Astrid!
Ginnie Hart: Yes, Lisl, the water is controlled, even though it's not a canal (it's a moat). In the winter they raise the water level so it will totally freeze for skating!
  • Anyes
  • United States
  • 18 May 2012, 06:36
This Dutch version is quite an interesting Ginnie ;-)
So much green everywhere and such an interesting construction
Ginnie Hart: Just leave it to the Dutch, Anyes. smile Thanks.
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 18 May 2012, 06:48
I do recall the Parting of the Seas (not that I was there, you undestand smile ) Wasn't it Red rather than Green, though? Hheheh. I like the reflections of Astrid and her umbrella on the water.
Ginnie Hart: That was one of those Bible stories very hard to forget, Alan! To see this Dutch version just makes it that much better! smile Thanks.
That would be pretty cool walking across there... made nicer by Astrid & the umbrella here.
Ginnie Hart: It really was quite the experience, Jacquelyn. You'd think it'd be a huge tourist trap but it isn't. We were the only ones there when we visited it. It's kinda out in the middle of nowhere.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 18 May 2012, 07:35
I'm sure the Dutch work wonders with water every day Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: Perfectly said, Chris!
Cool shot and Astrid's umbrella reflections are a good addition
Ginnie Hart: Thnak you, Janet. It was a fun photo op. smile
il ne faudrait pas une grande pluie qui tourmentera cette allée car ça me fait penser à un canal
Ginnie Hart: It does make you wonder what would happen if it really rained a lot! smile Merci.
What a delightfully odd idea. Is lady P carrying an umbrella in case it floods and she has to sail out like Winnie the Pooh?
Ginnie Hart: The last part of our time there, Bill, it started to sprinkle hard...never a downpour. But later when I saw the reflections, I thought how nice it was! smile Thanks.
  • Marcie
  • United States
  • 18 May 2012, 09:08
This is so cool...never seen anything like it!
Ginnie Hart: We heard about it first from a relative in California, Marcie. Apparently more people outside of the Netherlands know about it than the Dutch themselves. One of the best-kept secrets of this country, then? Thanks.
I had to look twice then Ginnie! What an original idea.
Ginnie Hart: It is definitely one of those things for a second stare, Frank! smile Thanks.
Nice image, a little surreal feel to it somehow
Ginnie Hart: Bedankt, Chantal. It does make you stare!
I've never seen anything like this. Amazing!!!
Ginnie Hart: I know, Mary. We felt the same way!
I saw an installation very similar to this in the Saatchi gallery a few years ago Ginnie, expect it was done with oil! Just goes to show! smile
Ginnie Hart: Londer Caller after you supplied the link, Fred, so I have seen what you're talking about. WOW! http://tinyurl.com/cg3mb4z
Ha, so you guys used a brolly to divide the sea apart in NE? grin

Have you been to the Saatchi Gallery in London?
There's a similar bridge there, sandwiched between slick oil!

See for yourself here:
http://tinyurl.com/cg3mb4z
Ginnie Hart: Fred just mentioned the same Saatchi Gallery, LC, but thanks to you for ythe link. WOW. That's impressive.
water on the right looks very much contaminated with phosphorus and the like. Be careful you both. Great shot though.smile
Ginnie Hart: That side definitely looks stagnant, Juan Carlos. The thing is it's a moat and not a canal with running water. But I think they clean it out after the spring since I've seen other photos that are clear. Thanks.
Ha ha such a great analogy Ginnie. This looks a fun place to visit with the water perspective.
Ginnie Hart: It's actually called the Moses Bridge, Chad, seriously! smile It's fun, isn't it.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 18 May 2012, 10:28
I have never seen a structure quite like this, Ginnie...excellent image!
Ginnie Hart: It sure is a photo op, Ray, isn't it. And to think we were the only ones there when we visited!
That's an interesting bridge, parting the water! Makes for a great composition smile
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Martin. Once we heard about it (from someone in California!) we made sure to go see it for ourselves! smile
  • Laurette
  • South Africa
  • 18 May 2012, 12:15
A great composition Ginnie. Astrid sure seems mesmerized by the beautiful water.... marvelous colors in this shot. Beautifully seen !
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Laurette. We were both toally mesmerized! smile
It doesn't take much figuring out as to why it is called the Moses Bridge.
Ginnie Hart: Exactly, Brian! smile
The Dutch are generally very good with water management, but this 'young lady' is just wondering if the level is due to rise further.
Ginnie Hart: Because she's Dutch and has lived with Dutch engineering all these years, Martin, I have a feeling she had fewer worries than I had! grin
Remember the story of Jesus walking on the water...?
Ginnie Hart: Oh yes, Wim. smile
Quite unusual to see a bridge under the water level Ginnie!
Great capture.
Ginnie Hart: it makes you wonder why we don't see it more often...at least here in the Netherlands. smile
  • tede
  • France
  • 18 May 2012, 18:51
Bravo for this miracle Ginnie smile Splendid image and magnificent reflection. Nice evening.
Ginnie Hart: It really makes a great photo op, Tede. smile
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 18 May 2012, 19:19
This is a funny name for this special bridge (very interesting information!), and I would like to see it once with my own eyes. Wonderful is the golden reflection of Astrid and her umbrella in the water - and Astrid looks as likeable as she really is.
Many thanks for your heartfelt support today!
Ginnie Hart: It was nice to see this comment from you last evening before we went to bed, Philine. Thank you. Little by little the events of the last days will take their rightful place in your life. Till then, may you be able to grieve fully. Our heartfelt thoughts continue with you! We were so glad to be with you yeaterday.
  • CherryPie
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 18 May 2012, 19:20
I lovely photo of Astrid and the bridge. I love the reflections in the water.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Cherry. This was a fun photo op, with Astrid as the willing model. smile
A fascinating bit of architecture Ginnie and an interesting solution to providing access. Astrid looks right at home there.
Ginnie Hart: Astrid is so at home with this Dutch-engeering feat, Les. Ho-hum. HA! smile
Very nice photo!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Victoria.
  • george
  • Ireland
  • 19 May 2012, 17:34
No boats - and probably no Egyptian army either - but a truly amazing piece of architecture. Have a nice weekend.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, George. Leave it to the Dutch, of course. smile
  • Barbro
  • Sweden
  • 19 May 2012, 19:36
A very befitting name. How strange with a sunken walkway.I never ever seen anything like it.
Love the umbrella!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Barbro. It's a first for me, too! smile
Astrid had on the perfect color for all the green! Great shot!
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Robin, and to think it was all coincidental. Don't you love when that happens! smile
What an interesting idea.
Ginnie Hart: Leave it to the Dutch, Graeme.
loved her reflection smile
Ginnie Hart: Me, too, Joshi. That's my wife. smile
Well that certainly is a first for my old eyes. Very cool.
Ginnie Hart: Don't you love it, Michael! Leave it to the Dutch. Thanks.
  • Rian
  • United States
  • 21 May 2012, 04:46
ah! i saw this in the news! grin must be fun walking thru it.. smile
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Rian. And to think we were the only ones there. To be honest, very few Dutch know it exists because it's only 2 years old. It's the rest of the world that knows about it.
  • Oscar
  • Germany
  • 21 May 2012, 07:49
Fantastic title. And great textures, water, sand, Stairs, ... Have a nice week
Ginnie Hart: The bridge is actually called The Moses Bridge, Oscar. It's perfect, isn't it! Gracias.
Ha ha... I didn't check others' comments before I wrote that.
Great minds think alike? A haha. wink
Ginnie Hart: HA! What was funny was that his was the comment just before yours, which tickled me. smile I don't usually read others' comments myself...not all of them.
Crikey! What a mad idea! Cheers, Dave.
Ginnie Hart: Leave it to the Dutch, Dave. smile Thanks.

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