Sunset over the George Rogers Clark Memorial Bridge

The George Rogers Clark Memorial Bridge

My wife and I spent a weekend in Louisville recently. We hadn’t gotten away since our January trip to Chicago, and we badly needed a change of scenery. So we rented an Airbnb in the heart of downtown and spent our time walking and making photographs. There wasn’t much else to do thanks to the pandemic.

The George Rogers Clark Memorial Bridge

The US 31 bridge from Indiana to Kentucky over the Ohio River was built in 1929. It underwent a restoration a couple years ago that finished with its new yellow paint job. It had been painted a silvery gray before.

The George Rogers Clark Memorial Bridge

Lots of bridges cross the Ohio at Louisville, including the two I-65 bridges and the old Big Four bridge, visible here. The Big Four bridge is open to pedestrians only. The George Rogers Clark bridge has pedestrian walkways as well — thank heavens, or making these photographs would have been a dangerous proposition.

The George Rogers Clark Memorial Bridge

There are also a couple railroad bridges to the west, plus the I-64 bridge. Here’s a view of some of that.

Sunset off the George Rogers Clark Memorial Bridge

As the title promised, here’s the sun going down over the Ohio River from the bridge.

Sunset off the George Rogers Clark Memorial Bridge

While I stood there, a few motor-powered rafts tore around on the river. This one passed by us on its way under the bridge. If you look closely, one of the people on the boat gave me the peace sign.

Speeding by

Pentax K10D, 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 SMC Pentax-DA AL

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13 responses to “Sunset over the George Rogers Clark Memorial Bridge”

  1. ourcrossings Avatar

    Wow your photos look absolutely amazing! I’m glad to hear you had a chance to go away for a while. Due to the coronavirus we haven’t been anywhere for a year. Hopefully, next year ๐Ÿ˜Š Aiva

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      We took a risk going on this trip, for sure. We managed the risk as best we could, by renting an Airbnb apartment rather than using a hotel, and taking all of our meals outside.

  2. Mike P Avatar
    Mike P

    Talk about the golden hour, wow.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Thanks! We got there just in time.

  3. Steve Briggs Avatar
    Steve Briggs

    Terrific photos Jim! Having been a life long film shooter, the K10D was my introduction to digital photography, and a good one at that. However, having begun my journey 30 years earlier with the MX on the same bridge, I find I still use it almost as frequently as my K3.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      The K10D is satisfying to me under use like my Nikon F3 is satisfying, and that’s saying a lot. Do you still have your MX photos from this bridge?

  4. adventurepdx Avatar

    I was in Louisville last summer. I saw the George Rogers Bridge, but didn’t cross it. My girlfriend and I got bikeshare bikes (Louvelo) and crossed the Big Four Bridge into Indiana, basically to say that we did. ;-)

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      I need to walk or ride that Big Four bridge! From here we can throw the bikes on the rack off my wife’s car and take ’em along.

  5. Steve Briggs Avatar
    Steve Briggs

    Unfortunately, my Ektachrome slides faded to nothing while packed in a hot garage in Oklahoma. A hard lesson, but one that made a lasting impression. Your pictures brought back some great memories.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Curse Ektachrome! Fading is just what it does. You can accelerate it in heat, apparently.

  6. Darts and Letters Avatar
    Darts and Letters

    How long does it take for you to get to Louisville? I always think of the rocker Jim James and his band My Morning Jacket when I hear Louisville, that’s where they’re from, I think. The river’s scenic with all the bridges across it, kind of reminds me of Portland Oregon or Pittsburg (I’ve never been to Pittsburg but it looks cool with all the bridges there and I was just reading how they’re all painted in Steelers colors). Glad you and your s/o could get out on the open road and have some time together. Road trips are always great for talking about things, I think. Isn’t it nice when you get home and you can kinda see everything a little different because you’ve been away?

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      It’s two hours to downtown Louisville if there aren’t any traffic tie-ups. So it’s an easy city for us to visit. I’ve always wanted to stop and look at the bridges over the Ohio and I’m glad we made the time for it on this visit. On this trip we didn’t want to talk about things — we had too many hard things going on. We just wanted a break, and we got it! But normally, yes, I agree, a great time to talk some things over.

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