Weekly Photo Challenge: Wall (Deception Pass Bridge)

The walls between art and engineering exist only in our minds.
Theo Jansen


Whidbey Island’s Deception Pass Bridge is a wonderful example of Dutch artist Theo Jansen’s premise that the walls between art and engineering exist only in our minds.  Dedicated in 1935 this beautiful cantilever truss bridge joined the National Registry of Historic Places in 1982 and today carries 20,000 cars a day between Fidalgo and Whidbey Islands.   The bridge has two lanes for traffic and two sidewalks for anyone who would like to experience the crossing on foot and take a few photos to share back home.

If you’re interested in a short history of the bridge I wrote a black and white post about this area last year and if you’d like to learn more about the construction process and the surrounding State Park this Whidbey and Camano Islands website is full of technical information, local stories and historical photos.

Posted as part of the Weekly Photo Challenge:  Wall.

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42 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Wall (Deception Pass Bridge)

  1. Thi sis a great shot of the bridge. We were on Whidbey a couple of years ago when our friend still lived there and we ended up driving across the bridge in the fog in the dark. Oh man that was scary.


  2. When I cycled through Washington State, I had to cross this by bicycle in heavy traffic. A pick-up truck driver saw me trying to merge in from the parking area where I’d take a photo and kindly let me go ahead of him. He held back traffic while I safely crossed. Nice guy. The photo of the bridge is one of my favorites from the trip.


  3. Beautiful shot. The beauty of the bridge seems to overwhelm the beauty of the sky and the clouds. It may seem like a long bridge, but I’m all up to walk across it to take in all its grandeur and snap a few photos 🙂


  4. This is a great vantage point to capture the awesomeness of this bridge! It’s a little nerve-wracking to drive over it with all the people and cars, but I have a hard time walking across it–it’s so dang high! Nice shot and quote!


    1. For some reason I was more comfortable on foot than when we drove over it, D’Arcy but both trips were a little stressful – I don’t like heights. 🙂 Glad you like the photo and quote!


      1. When I would get really stressed about stuff at work, I would remind myself that no one was going to die if I made a mistake. It had a way of putting things back in perspective 🙂


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