Wide Angle View

Recently, we happened upon a no-longer-available Sigma 10mm f/2.8 fisheye lens for a Canon APS-C camera, so thought it might be a fun addition to our lens collection. Several weeks ago we had a chance to use it at the Natural Bridge of Alabama in the Bankhead National Forest.

The sandstone bridge is 60 feet above the path in northern Alabama near the village of Natural Bridge, AL There are two bridges – one much shorter than the other. It is reputed to be the longest bridge east of the Rocky Mountains. It is either 148 feet or 127 feet long according to information we found. Veins of iron ore have kept it standing for several hundred thousand years.

The light is dim under the arches. Bob was using his 24-105mm lens pointed up at the arches. You can see him in his blue shirt working under the arch. Linda moved back up the path to get the complete arch with a bit of room around it so that when she used the Transform tool  in Photoshop to straighten some of the lines a bit, there would be space to crop it.

A few hours later we camped at Tombigbee State Park in Mississippi. When we crossed the Tombigbee River we thought about our favorite version of the old folksong Gum Tree Canoe  or the Tombigbee River song, sung by John Hartford. When we lived in Australia it was played often on the Australia All Over program on Sunday mornings, even if it was an American folksong.

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