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Rotterdam's Swan Song


Paris has its Eiffel Tower, New York has its Empire State Building...and Rotterdam has it's Erasmus Bridge.

This cable-stay bridge
links the northern and southern halves of the city with a 2,600-foot span, 456 ft/139 m high.
The architect was Ben van Berkel, who completed it in 1996 at a cost of about $215 million.

Locals call it "The Swan" because of its graceful posture over the Nieuwe Maas river.

Rotterdam is still the world's largest port, only 30 km away from where I now live,
and to where I shipped my household goods from America.


 

Rotterdam's Swan Song


Paris has its Eiffel Tower, New York has its Empire State Building...and Rotterdam has it's Erasmus Bridge.

This cable-stay bridge
links the northern and southern halves of the city with a 2,600-foot span, 456 ft/139 m high.
The architect was Ben van Berkel, who completed it in 1996 at a cost of about $215 million.

Locals call it "The Swan" because of its graceful posture over the Nieuwe Maas river.

Rotterdam is still the world's largest port, only 30 km away from where I now live,
and to where I shipped my household goods from America.


 

comments (65)

A true melding of form and function. I had never heard of this till now. Thanks, Ginnie...
Ginnie Hart: I had never heard of it either, Larry, just like the cube houses! Thans.
  • rian
  • United States
  • 20 Jan 2010, 02:36
oh wow.. that is awesome! it looks like a giant harp! great shot as well.. smile
Ginnie Hart: It loks more like a harp to me than a swan, Rian, for sure. Thanks.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 20 Jan 2010, 03:04
It is an elegant cable-tower.

This is another fine shot, Ginnie.

What I like best in this post is your narrative...a wonderful, romantic feel to the final sentence "...only 30 km away from where I now live,
and to where I shipped my household goods from America."

I love it!
Ginnie Hart: And to think Astrid abhors that city, Ray! smile Thanks.
  • JulianG
  • Argentina
  • 20 Jan 2010, 03:10
Great contrast, Ginnie! Good work smile
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Julian.
  • DrAW!
  • United States
  • 20 Jan 2010, 03:30
well done Gin,

again.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, kind sir!
  • yvonne
  • United States
  • 20 Jan 2010, 03:35
love the view point of the photo. The post processing tone/color makes the photography one to take a second and third look.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Yvonne. It was a very foggy day but I tried to make the most of it.
It definitely looks graceful! holy cow that is a beautiful shot. I love the contrast between the towering bridge and the old row buildings plus the tankers. a really fantastic photo
Ginnie Hart: You're very kind, Charles. I have a feeling this is one of the nicer parts of the port! Thank you.
Went to rotterdam once but missed this great bridge, shame, it looks awesome, nice shot Ginie
Ginnie Hart: I would have missed it, too, Derek, if Astrid hadn't pointed it out! Thanks.
  • martie
  • United States
  • 20 Jan 2010, 04:53
Wow Ginnie - Stunning! That bridge makes Rotterdam look like the miniature village. You know, I hate to admit it, but when I was in Rotterdam I didn't even see this bridge - I was far too busy watching the ships and wondering how it would be to work on one!
Ginnie Hart: It does remind me of a miniature village, Martie. I think of that every time I look at this image. This is from the one day we had to go into Rotterdam to check on customs, so I was lucky THIS was in the vicinity. Thank you.
  • Liang
  • United States
  • 20 Jan 2010, 06:07
beautiful shot! the bridge looks so big compared to the city on the left. nice compo!
Ginnie Hart: It did look big to me in real life, too, Liang! Thanks.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 20 Jan 2010, 06:13
Can see the swan lines, although it could be a harp or the bow of a viking ship smile

Excellent detailed shot on a dark day.

30km away, like everything in Holland. Don't tell Astrid I said that grin
Ginnie Hart: A harp, a viking ship...yes, Louis, all of the above. Astrid sure did get a kick out of your 30km comment. grin Is that kinda like 6 degrees of separation?? Thanks.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 20 Jan 2010, 06:19
I have seen many pictures of the Erasmus bridge, the Swan, this picture is one of the better ones, you even turned this part of Rotterdam into something beautiful, once we will go by water-taxi from Gorinchem to Rotterdam in summer, the taxi docks right under the bridge.
One thing to tell about the bridge, one time there was a heavy wind, not even a storm and the traffic was stopped going over, the bridge was moving, after they added some more constructions-cables it was more stabilised, it appeared to be a miscalculation about wind force......
Ginnie Hart: You're really such a good support, MLMA. Ontzettend bedankt. You know it means the world to me. That was one cold and windy day during our mission to customs. I'll never forget it!
  • Argos
  • United States
  • 20 Jan 2010, 06:20
Excellent shot, Ginnie! I'm with Charles, the contrast between new (background) and old (foreground) really makes it for me...
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Argos, for commenting.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 20 Jan 2010, 06:53
What an amazing sense of scale Ginnie. Those houses, the tower blocks & finally the bridge. There's been a lot going on here!
Ginnie Hart: It's amazing how much the space out there can hold, Chris! Thanks for putting it that way.
  • zed
  • Australia
  • 20 Jan 2010, 07:03
making a bridge into an artwork ginnie
Ginnie Hart: Many bridges are famous for their art, Tony, for sure, and this is one of them, I bet.
Those buildings really give scale to the image, quite a contrasting style of bridge. Good shot.
Ginnie Hart: It was quite a contrast after I saw it on the screen, Nigel. It surprised me. Thanks.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 20 Jan 2010, 08:13
Yes, never I saw such a gracious, elegant, wonderful bridge (named after the worldfamous thinker Erasmus of Rotterdam) like this one- and it is really looking like a white swan glittering in the sun on a bright day! I very like your pic taken on a grey, misty day - with the line of the older merchant and shipping companies buildings along the Kade/Quay (where we stayed at a hotel) and the giants of skyscrapers behind them dominating the image/coulisse of modern Rotterdam!
(I heard Rotterdam is the world's third-largest port, but sadly, because of the financial crash there are some problems concerning the containers -shipping- business now )
Ginnie Hart: I love it when I post an image, Philine, and you have been there. smile You always have so much more to add. Thank you.

When I Googled this port, I came up with different statistics. I think this is the largest in geographic size...but perhaps not in shipping size??
  • Oscar
  • Barcelona
  • 20 Jan 2010, 08:19
wowo, is beautiful,in Argentina exist a Bridge with a very resemblance, is a 'puente de la mujer" of the architect is Calatrava, a Spanish
Ginnie Hart: I love it when there are things like this that are similar around the world, Oscar. Thanks for sharing that.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 20 Jan 2010, 08:33
Ik heb je foto pas mijn vriend toegestuurd en hij mailde: "Ja, das ist schon gut!"
Ginnie Hart: Awwww. That is so sweet, Philine. Bedankt.
Yes, that is Rotterdam indeed, with smog
Ginnie Hart: I'm sure there was smog that day, Chantal, but most of this is the morning fog that shrouded the city. It was quite moody.
  • Petra
  • Netherlands
  • 20 Jan 2010, 09:23
great shot !! I Love Rotterdam, better than Amsterdam
Ginnie Hart: Oh wow. I'll have to tell Astrid that, Petra. Hmmm. Maybe I can help her like it a bit more than she does. I'll work on it, since it's nearby. :
I seem to recall driving over this on one occasion. Nicely processed too, Ginnie - the bi-chrome effect works well here.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Tom. Maybe one day we will actually cross the bridge...if I can persuade Astrid to go back one day. smile
I know quite well the place Ginnie, and your picture shows it perfectly! Well done.
Ginnie Hart: I love it when others recgnize places we post on SC, Richard. Thank you.
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 20 Jan 2010, 10:33
So much to see in this photo,modern building and older style.the bridge look a little like a harp,great tone
Ginnie Hart: It does look like a harp, Vintage, I totally agree. Thanks.
  • anniedog
  • United Kingdom
  • 20 Jan 2010, 10:33
The tall skyscrapers and the delicate bridge seem so insubstantial compared to the solidity of the handsome old buildings - fantastic juxtaposition. The bridge looks just like the prow of a ship.
Ingrid
Ginnie Hart: It's been fun to see what people see in this design, Ingrid, especially after knowing what the locals call it. Thanks.
  • theys
  • Belgium
  • 20 Jan 2010, 11:02
A beautiful image, great capture, and good tone, I like a lot.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Roland!
It reminds me of a harp lying down.
Ginnie Hart: Me, too, Mary!
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 20 Jan 2010, 11:23
"I think this is the largest in geographic size..." yes, this may be right- there are some plans to expand the size of the port by gaining new land - the Dutchies are known to be experts in that!
Ginnie Hart: Ahhhh. So some statistics are right. Good for the Dutchies! Thanks, Philine.
  • Antoine
  • France
  • 20 Jan 2010, 11:24
Wow. Superb. Your photo is really very very beautiful. It's a very nice capture. Bravo Ginnie. Have a lovely day.
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart, Antoine. Merci.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 20 Jan 2010, 11:41
"The highest form of bliss is living with a certain degree of folly." (Erasmus of Rotterdam, humanist, 1469-1536)- na, the word "highest" and " a certain degree of folly" may be suiting the bridge!
Ginnie Hart: Oh, how fun. It always helps to know something behind a thing, Philine. smile
A stunning shot to show off the beauty of the bridge that does the city proud. Wonedrfully captured, Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: I'm sure the city folk are very proud of this bridge, Paul, indeed. Thanks.
Looks a very attractive bridge Ginnie. the last time I was in Rotterdam was 1963, we went up the Euromast, is it still there?
Ginnie Hart: Yes, Brian, it is still there. Astrid pointed it out to me as the highest structure in the city. Thanks.
I can see why locals call it the swan, its quite graceful or you have made it look so. Old and new altogether its very interesting to see smile
Ginnie Hart: It's always educational to hear how the locals feel about something. Thanks, Linda.
  • Marcie
  • United States
  • 20 Jan 2010, 13:09
Yes..I can see the shape of the swan in this. What a beautiful city!! And - love how you framed this in a way to capture the skyline beyond.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, dear Marcie.
The swan looks like no bridge I've ever seen, Ginnie; amazing bit of engineering that's for sure.

The difference in the architecture in the foreground versus that in the background is striking and I really like the way you've emphasized it.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Beverly!
A great shot Ginnie..Lots to look at..and the bridge is really something.
Ginnie Hart: Without that bridge, where would Rotterdam be. HA! Thanks, Ron.
I remember very well this city, in one of my many times in Holland, beautiful bridge, great engineering job in futuristic style
Ginnie Hart: I guess it's more well-known than one would think. Thanks, Fabrizio.
  • Frida
  • Sweden
  • 20 Jan 2010, 15:14
Sometimes architecture triumphs and this is one of times I think. What a beautiful bridge. I also like the architecture of the older buildings.
Ginnie Hart: I agree with you, Frida! smile Thanks.
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 20 Jan 2010, 16:43
Some wonderful architecture on the riverfront, Ginnie. That bridge looks wonderful.
Ginnie Hart: It whets my appetite for more, Alan. We were on a mission that day which had nothing to do with photo hunting, so maybe we can go back one day. Thanks.
Wonderful shot Ginnie with the darker foreground and the lighter foggy background, giving a special atmosphere. I can almost hear the foghorns.
Ginnie Hart: Awwww. I have such great memories of foghorns on Lake Michigan, Janet. Thanks for the memory. smile
Breathtaking and striking the towering bridge structure over the hoses. I like this very much.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Chad!
  • Mroy
  • United States
  • 20 Jan 2010, 18:14
Classic European cityscape. This is how I always imagine far-away Europe when I lived in SE Asia.
Ginnie Hart: This is what I love about Europe, Maria. I'm a goner. smile Thanks.
very serene...
Ginnie Hart: ...especially on a foggy day, Heather. Thanks.
This is superb Ginnie....
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, kind sir.
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 20 Jan 2010, 19:24
Lots of interest in the shot Ginnie, the huge barges, the old properties on the wharf and the office blocks behind and of course the bridge - and very graceful it is too.
Ginnie Hart: I agree, Mike...so much to see. Thanks.
  • hoi
  • United States
  • 20 Jan 2010, 20:37
That's a cool looking bridge. Nice photograph, too!
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Hoi. It was fun to see.
Lovely toning again Ginnie.

It's strange how the four new elements in the background change the scale of the traditional buildings and barges, giving the feeling of a toy-town.
Ginnie Hart: It does look like a miniature town, George, I agree. Thanks again for your comment.
  • Puna
  • United States
  • 20 Jan 2010, 21:31
Thank you so much for showing it to us Ginnie. I love to see great architecture and in far away places.
Ginnie Hart: I love European architecture, Puna, so you'll see a lot of it from me, I'm sure. smile Thanks.
...and that bridge is beautiuflly captered on your fine picture!
Bosse
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Bosse.
Nice cool perspective. The juxtaposittion of bridge aganist the new and old buildings is cool. Does feel like a harp buried half in the ground
Ginnie Hart: I love stuff like this, John. Thanks.
Swan is a very cool name for it.
I like the way the shot seems to fade away. Very cool.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Michael.
  • rags
  • United States
  • 21 Jan 2010, 05:21
What a pretty looking bridge. How are you settling?
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Kanyi. And we're almost totally settled! Thanks for asking.
I've never seen or heard of this bridge. It's beautiful. I must say - it reminds me of a harp or lyre more than a swan, but it is lovely.

I love the contrast between the old and new buildings. Did you happen to "draw out" the old in processing?
Ginnie Hart: There wasn't anything I drew out, Linda, NO. It came on it's own in my normal processing. I was a happy camper. I think it was the fog effect! Thanks.
  • xavi
  • Spain
  • 21 Jan 2010, 07:09
Rotterdam!!! beautiful
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Xavi. For a big city, I'm sure it does have its spots of beauty, in spite of what others might think or say. smile
Ginnie, I fully expect to see the scene from the peak of the cable-tower. You've taken many stunning "bird's eye view" photos. Now's your chance for a real eye-popper! Maybe tomorrow?
Ginnie Hart: Astrid says we will go back to go to the top of the Euromast, Rotterdam's highest landmark. Maybe I'll get some good shots that day! smile But, No, not tomorrow. sad
Very nice compo! Very good details. The contrast between the old and new buildings is very nice!
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, RS.
Hi Ginnie!!!
Ohhhhhhh! espectacular, no tengo palabras para describir lo bonita que es esta foto y el buen gusto que tienes para la edici├│n.

Besos!!
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart, MA. Muchas gracias.
  • david
  • United States
  • 21 Jan 2010, 11:21
the contrast between the bridge and buildings could hardly be greater, or more dramatic! what a terrific shot, ginnie!
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart, David. Thank you.
A fabulous image with a stunning range of tones and wonderful detail!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Pavan.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 21 Jan 2010, 14:55
Please, say many thanks to Astrid for her letter-mail yesterday- sadly, I can'accept mails but not write any private mails till next tuesday -because of some PC-problems!
Ginnie Hart: PC problems? Oh no, Philine. I hope you can sort them out quickly...without having to buy a new computer, like I just did! I have thanked Astrid on your behalf.
  • linda
  • United States
  • 21 Jan 2010, 15:18
Beautiful photo Ginnie! I love the ethereal feeling that the image invokes. Beautifully done!
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart, Linda. Thank you!
A fine and very Rotterdam image. Don't you love the bridge?
The fog adds a lot to your photo. Well doen!
Ginnie Hart: Yes, Wim, I love the bridge! I will encourage Astrid to go back to the city one day. Maybe she'll learn to love it. smile Thanks.
  • margie
  • canada
  • 21 Jan 2010, 22:59
fabulous
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Margie.
Its pretty cool to see the new and the old in one shot. also that bridge support stands out so well since its such an odd shape.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million for your comment, Brian.
  • Laszlo
  • Sweden
  • 27 Jan 2010, 22:34
Lovely shot. Very well done!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Laszlo.

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