Day 98: Something Beautiful—A Bridge Too Far?

Something Beautiful is a 2013 self-imposed initiative to find a visual feast for each day of the year.

The Puente Nuevo bridge is an iconic image of Ronda in the autonomous community of Andalusia in Spain. One of three bridges built over the El Tajo canyon, the bridge rises 120 m above the canyon floor. Completed in 1793 after 42 years of work, the design belongs to architect José Martin de Aldehuela.  Said to be one of the most photographed structures in Europe, it is monumental in scale and reminds me of the river sentinels in the first Lord of the Rings film.

The beautiful arches frame the sky and pull terra to firmament. Dramatic and unforgettable, the bridge and the surrounding area inspired Hemingway’s For Whom the Bells Toll and Orson Welles’ unfinished film, Don Quixote. Imagine a solitary perch. A place to pass the day. Imagine watching the sun rise and the moon set—and much more . . .




About vbassoc

Donna Van Bogaert is a researcher and consultant in the field of cognitive styles, health communication, and organizational communication and behavior. Her business, Van Bogaert & Associates, Inc., specializes in cognitive-based coaching, management consulting, and leadership development. When the winds are blowing her way, she travels and talks about workplace potential and creative problem solving. In another life, Donna sings jazz. For a very long time, she fronted two 18-piece big bands —All That Jazz (Madison, WI) and The Gardenia Big Band (Rockford, IL). She currently resides in Cincinnati, Ohio where, in a third parallel universe, she leads a media branch of a national research institute. Mostly she has returned to painting, poetry, and plotting the next chapter of her life.
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