A giant sprocket


Several years ago, every other summer evening I took my bike and set out for a ride. It was a great way to stay in shape and to meditate the days away. From a photographic point of view the setting sun shows the world in a soft light that’s very forgiving. It’s no guarantee for good pictures, though. Once in a while, however, I actually shoot something I dare to show to you.

One such is this image of this bridge on the edge of a small Dutch city. I had to see the bridge being pulled up, before I understood the what the place of this simple looking ratchet/ sprocket thingy in the grand scheme of pulling up the bridge means. It defies explanation in text.

The white mushroomy thing in the left bottom corner of the picture is a bell that rings with all the urgency of a high school bell when the bridge is either coming up or coming down.

(Factoids: it’s the Wilhelmina bridge in Leiden, built in 1963 to replace two bridges, that had been in the same spot since 1919)


About Gooi Weg

Always travels with something on his head, and a camera in his pocket. Successful loser.
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