Welcome back from what I hope was a wonderful weekend. The weather here in the eastern U S has been spectacular, with Summer-like temperatures returning. In all likelihood, this will only last for a short period of time but it is very energizing to say the least.

In this post I serve up the first of the Covered Bridges series. I’ve been wanting to photo some of these for some time and have compiled a listing of these structures within driving distance of my home. Most of these are located in the Amish country of Lancaster County Pennsylvania, a county that has 29. Most date back to the 1800s and are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. They are also constructed of wood, which is likely the reason they were covered in the first place. I read that some of these are listed to be replaced with modern concrete structures, so the number of existing structures will decline as time moves on.

Today’s covered bridges have been reconstructed on their original sites for the most part, but they not only bridge the gap across creeks and rivers but also takes us back in history. Each structure has a story to tell.

Today we visit the bridge at Pequea (Peck-Way) Creek, which was originally constructed in 1860.

Originally known as the Baumgardner Mill Covered Bridge, this structure was rehabilitated in 1987. What you see here is typical of the covered bridge styling with it’s triangular corners and arch trusses.

A look at the inside detail lets us know that these must be most difficult to build. I do love the fact that you can see practically every piece of wood used in the construction of this structure. By the way, this particular bridge is extremely sturdy with no creaks, squeaks or swaying. Amazing!

Above is a look at the bottom of this 105 foot span.

We close out with this angled view I shot when I first arrived at the site.

Have a great day, folks!

Camera: Nikon D5000

Lens: Nikkor 18-200mm 

Processing:  HDR Efex Pro -Photoshop CS5 – Photo Tools 2.6

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28 Responses to Covered Bridge at Pequea Creek

  1. Dave DiCello says:

    These are just outstanding Jimi, I’ve never had the chance to photograph a covered bridge before, but now I need to find one! Great work man.
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  2. Marc says:

    All great shots Jimi. They all have good POVs and detail.
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  3. Curt Fleenor says:

    Nice series Jimi! We only have one of these around my area and I would love to shoot it sometime.
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  4. Great set Jimi. We have nothing like that here in the Phoenix area. Well done.
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  5. Edith Levy says:

    Oh I love covered bridges Jimi. Terrific series.
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  6. Rick Louie says:

    Wonderful! I love that 2nd image!
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  7. LensScaper says:

    Excellent set of images of this structure. Very refreshing too to see central compositions that work really well. Great work.
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  8. A.Barlow says:

    Some nice shots here. I’m partial to the last shot I think.

  9. You did a good job of getting the angles on this bridge. Nice work!

  10. Ed Prescott says:

    Excellent shots, nothing a covered bridge in the fall..:-)
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  11. Jimi, I’m dying to get my hands on one of these bridges. Nice compositions and way to work a subject!
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  12. Wow Jimi excellent images. We have a few still around in Alabama, but several have been closed.

  13. Adam Allegro says:

    Awesome series! You killed that second shot. Well done Jimi :)
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  14. Justin Balog says:

    Very cool. I have always wanted to dial in a fall covered bridge tour, and this is why! Nice work man.
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  15. Ken Bello says:

    This is a really nice series, Jimi. Every one is a winner, but the last one is going to win prizes.
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  16. [...] look at a section of the riverfront in Columbia PA, a town I passed through on my way to the covered bridge spanning Pequea Creek. The sun was on the rise on this brisk and chilly morning along the [...]

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