New suspension bridge over Accotink Creek

Accotink Creek flows through Accotink Bay Wildlife Refuge, a 1,200 acre preserve located at Army Garrison Fort Belvoir, Fairfax County, Virginia USA. The following gallery features a few photos of the new suspension bridge over the stream, taken during a photowalk on 23 March 2016.

The new suspension bridge over Accotink Creek, Accotink Bay Wildlife Refuge, Fairfax County, Virginia USA.

The new bridge, designed and engineered by Western Wood Structures, retains much of the character of the old bridge. The attention to detail is extraordinary!

The new suspension bridge over Accotink Creek, Accotink Bay Wildlife Refuge, Fairfax County, Virginia USA.

Looking ahead (above) and behind (below) along the deck of the new suspension bridge. The deck of the new bridge is rock solid, with none of the discomforting up-down/side-to-side motion of the old bridge!

The new suspension bridge over Accotink Creek, Accotink Bay Wildlife Refuge, Fairfax County, Virginia USA.

Those who know me well know the next photo frustrates me because part of the bridge is clipped on the left edge of the photo. I did everything I could to get the entire bridge span in the frame, including standing in the creek and moving downstream as far as I could without water spilling into my knee-high rubber boots. Although the zoom lens of my Panasonic DMC-FZ150 was set for its maximum wide angle of 4.5mm (25mm, 35mm equivalent), the field of view isn’t wide enough for this shot. Same problem with the Fujifilm X-T1 digital camera and Fujinon XF18-55mm (27mm-82.5mm, 35mm equivalent) zoom lens in my backpack — my Panasonic digital camera is capable of shooting slightly wider angle photos than the Fujifilm camera/lens combo. I’ll bring my Canon EOS 5D Mark II digital camera and 16-35mm wide-angle zoom lens next time I visit the bridge.

The new suspension bridge over Accotink Creek, Accotink Bay Wildlife Refuge, Fairfax County, Virginia USA.

The last photo was taken on 08 May 2014, when the new bridge was under construction. Now you can see the reason I took a one-year (or so) hiatus from visiting Accotink Bay Wildlife Refuge.

The new suspension bridge over Accotink Creek, Accotink Bay Wildlife Refuge, Fairfax County, Virginia USA (under construction).

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3 Responses to “New suspension bridge over Accotink Creek”

  1. christy Says:

    Walter, thank you for posting this! I am going to get myself over there asap!

  2. Bridges | walter sanford's photoblog Says:

    […] first photo shows a view of the underside of the new suspension bridge across Accotink Creek at Accotink Bay Wildlife Refuge (ABWR), Fairfax County, Virginia […]

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