Thanks for all the nice comments on my laced up card yesterday. The reaction caused me to dig out this layout from Jan. 2008 where I used the same technique on a 12x12 page. The layout was about a beach walk which Clara and I took and the unusual discovery she made: a piece of the Bay Bridge! This bridge spans the San Francisco Bay and connects the city of San Francisco with the east side of the bay. Although the bridge actually hits land at the Port of Oakland in the city of Emeryville, it is usually referred to as the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge.
While not as famous as the Golden Gate Bridge, it has some interesting history. It is featured in the 1967 American movie classic, The Graduate, about a young man trying to find himself in a rapidly changing American society. If you go to the 7:30 minute portion of this utube video, you can see Dustin Hoffman driving on the Bay Bridge, supposedly heading to the East Bay. The scene contains a notable error because the top deck on which he is driving only goes into San Francisco, not the East Bay. Traffic heading East travels along the lower level in something that feels a bit more like a cavern.
More recently, the Bay Bridge made news when a portion of it collapsed during the 1989 Loma Prieta Earth quake. Here's a couple photos from that day:
First from the San Francisco Chronicle
And a bigger view from NISEE, U.C. Berkeley (trying to give proper credit, although this photo shows up a lot of places so I'm not sure of its exact origin):
My layout, though, came from an incident in 2007 when a container ship named the Cosco Busan hit the San Francisco Bay Bridge, causing a major oil spill. You can read the Wikipedia account of the accident here. Interestingly, the ship also knocked several large pieces off the bridge. As reported in our local paper in this article, a very large piece of the bridge washed up on a local beach. While not as big as the bridge fender featured in that article, leave it to Clara to find her own personal piece of the Bay Bridge! That's what she's proudly holding in the layout. We considered ourselves lucky that pieces of the bridge and not too much oil made landfall around our parts.
Up tomorrow: some thoughts on hipstamatic photography and my Journal Your Christmas album for this year.