Girl with a Dolphin and Tower Bridge opens

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Nick Weall on May 9, 2009

Tower Bridge is a combined bascule and suspension bridge in London, England, over the River Thames. It is close to the Tower of London, which gives it its nameName. It has become an iconic symbol of London. Tower Bridge is one of several London bridges owned and maintained by the City Bridge Trust, a charitable trust overseen by the City of London Corporation.

The bridge consists of two towers which are tied together at the upper level by means of two horizontal walkways which are designed to withstand the horizontal forces exerted by the suspended sections of the bridge to the left and the right. The vertical component of the forces in the suspended sections and the vertical reactions of the two walkways are carried by the two robust towers. The bascule pivots and operating machinery are housed in the base of each tower. Its present colour dates from 1977 when it was painted red, white and blue for the Queen's Silver Jubilee. Originally it was painted a chocolate brown colour.

Tower Bridge is sometimes mistakenly referred to as London Bridge, which is actually the next bridge upstream.[2] A popular urban legend is that in 1968, Robert McCulloch, the purchaser of the old London Bridge that was later shipped to Lake Havasu City, Arizona, believed that he was in fact buying Tower Bridge. This was denied by McCulloch himself and has been debunked by Ivan Luckin, the seller of the bridge.

This link will take you somewhere that will tell you more about the Tower Bridge

The "Girl with a Dolphin" is by David Wynne and was made in 1973

Manoo Mistry on May 9, 2009

Hello Mr Weall,

My mind boggles,you nearly had me there Nick. I thought why the hell Nick uploaded same picture again? Then checked the dates they were taken between few days apart. you took both shots in same position & angle. Interesting history of the Tower Bridge, some how I under stood that they use to lock valuables there, such as Queens Crown..

Regards Manoo

MioaraP on May 9, 2009

Wonderful photo!

Best regards, Maria

Minka Tsoneva (Mimip… on May 9, 2009

Hi Nick! I see it now! Hmmm, I would say that I like more the other one where the sky is better seen! But they are different all the same.


><((((º> Mimi <º))))><

Nick Weall on May 9, 2009

Magic10 (^_^) ~~ Just in case you missed the main point dear Manoo the bridge is open in this shot ~ the two central spans of the bridge are lifted high to let a tall ship through :) The queen's jewels are locked away in the Tower of London by the way, but on view to the public during opening hours.

MioaraP ~~ Thank you :))

©, ~ I have taken shots of the Girl with a Dolphin from all angles 360 degrees around the statue Mimi but I'm not putting them all up on this site, maybe I'll put them on my other site tomorrow.

Mira Paskota Thanks dearest Mira be kind enough to read my reply to Magic above though just to be sure :)

Friendly greetings to you all from nick

Manoo Mistry on May 9, 2009

What is this Nick? Are we playing a game, find the difference between these two pics. They are so similar at a first glance, until you pointed out the open/shut bridge. As always I never looked at the title which was the high light pointing at open bridge. Any way thank you for pointing out to us on right direction as so far no one has noticed that. And silly me, confusing myself with Tower Bridge & Tower of London. Many thanks again..Manoo

Michael Torggler on May 9, 2009

Nick, this is a very good angle you shot this! I like the Tower Bridge also! I was been there 35 years ago!

Feitse Boerwinkel on May 10, 2009

What a peculiar composition NICK . Very nice .

GReeting FEIKA

Henny Penny on May 10, 2009

A shot with a difference Nick. Great to learn about all the history.

Cheers Jen

saykut on May 10, 2009

What a beautiful shot!!!Very nice.Greetings.Saykut

kovi53 - NO VIEWS on May 10, 2009

Ciao Nick!

Another great shot. I wish you a very good weekend.

Ciao, kovi

Amelia Royan on May 10, 2009

Right time, right place, right everything really :))

That girl and the dolphin seem to be leading you a merry dance Nick. A bit of Bill Haley :)

Greetings, Amelia

Nick Weall on May 10, 2009

tormic ~~ I'm glad to be able to refresh your memories from 35 years ago then :) I have taken many more shots this morning which I'll upload in the nest few days :) Ciao nick

Feika ~~ Thank you for your compliments :)

Henny Penny ~ Glad you liked the history Jen

saykut ~~ Hello and thank you too for your lovely compliments :)

kovi53 ~~ Ciao Kovi ~ good to hear from you ~ thanks for the compliment and you have a great Sunday too :)

Amelia Royan ~~ Yup "Rock around the clock" it is dearest macro ~ I found the magic sure pills this morning btw ~ I'll load a shot of them before too long ~ (But there is a GP today as well!!!) xx

Most friendly greetings to you all ~ thanks for visiting and there will be lots more brand new London shots to be uploaded during the next few days ~ Ciao nick

Klaus & Elvira on May 10, 2009

Hi Nick, interesting history of the Tower Bridge. Beautiful sculpture. Artistic Girl and dolphin. Cheers, Ellimaus

Voar Alto on May 10, 2009

Incredible shot,amazing.Cheers, Eduardo.

Bernard Bost on May 10, 2009

Hi Nick! The dolphin seems to go well, but the girl seems to flutter! LOL !



Nick Weall on May 10, 2009

Ellimaus ~~ Glad you like this shot and thanks for your lovely comments :)

Voar Alto ~~ Hello Eduardo ~~ thank you :)

steve drury ~ G'Day Steve and thank you very much too :)

Tonia.J ~~ Hi there dearest Tonia and thanks to you too :)

Bernard Bost ~~ Hi Bernard ~ well fluttery girls are a lot of fun you know :)

Thanks to you all for taking the time to visit this shot and leave your comments ~ ciao nick

Ntinos Lagos on May 10, 2009

I like it Nick, nice picture..

Greetings, Ntinos

Nick Weall on May 10, 2009

Ntinos Lagos ~~ Hi there and I'm glad that you like this shot too ~~ Ciao nick

Nick Weall on May 10, 2009

Ntinos Lagos ~ I'm sure that I have already answered your nice comments once, but Pano seems to be playing up again ~ so just in case ~ I thank you again Ntinos ~~ Ciao

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  • Uploaded on May 9, 2009
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    by Nick Weall
    • Taken on 2009/05/09 08:03:39
    • Exposure: 0.003s (1/400)
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    • ISO Speed: ISO400
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
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