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Fourtner Covered Bridge

Posted by
Steve Rice (Olympia, United States) on 13 June 2009 in Architecture and Portfolio.

Upon seeing the cows, I immediately thought Bovine Bridge might be a good name for this one. Well, it so happens that this bridge was built by Doc Fourtner and his wife, in 1932, to allow their dairy cows safe passage across the South Yamhill River in Polk County, Oregon, USA. The trusses are of the Queenpost type.

Both ends of the bridge are boarded up and barbed wire fences are across the approaches which indicates this privately owned bridge may no longer be safe for pedestrian traffic or it could be a liability issue. The owners are kind enough to allow visitors to walk through the pasture to get some photos. Be sure to close the gate behind you or the cows will get out.

Part of the Covered Bridges of Oregon series.

Daniel from Kenmare, United States

mooo! mooo!

13 Jun 2009 5:05am

jpla from St Barthélémy d'Anjou, France

Joli N&B ! Bonne journée.

13 Jun 2009 5:59am

olivier Paillet from toulouse, France

Very nice shot !!!

13 Jun 2009 8:55am

Giovanni from Milan, Italy

Eheh, love the cows in the foreground!! Very nice shot!

13 Jun 2009 9:43am

Marie LC from Voiron, France

En France on dirait "le bonheur est dans le pré". Je ne sais pas traduire.

13 Jun 2009 9:48am

bluechameleon from Vancouver, Canada

This is s great shot Steve. I really like the shadows and tones a lot, and those cows really add to the frame!

13 Jun 2009 1:24pm

don from spokane, United States

It good that the owners will let you approach the bridge for pictures. A fine shot and interesting story about the bridge.

13 Jun 2009 2:06pm

PD from Overland Park, Kansas, United States

Nice shot - I like the cows in the foreground also

13 Jun 2009 2:39pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

Being boarded up gives a quite different look. I agree with Sharon about the addition of the cows.

13 Jun 2009 3:38pm

jeff (aka dogilicious) from Millerstown, PA, United States

Great composition. The cows - of course - make the shot.

13 Jun 2009 6:32pm

Ajay from Pune, India

Framing of this shot is just way beyond any explanation. Especially because the way you two cows are looking at you.

13 Jun 2009 7:15pm

beanow from Warsaw, Poland

LOL! Super shot!

13 Jun 2009 8:00pm

Diane Schuller from Hythe, Canada

You know, I sure hope you're planning on submitting these as a project for gallery showing.

13 Jun 2009 8:47pm

Bill Jennings from (Bay Area Northern Calif), United States

So nice the owners let you photograph this outstanding covered bridge - love the series.

14 Jun 2009 1:18am

Onlymehdi from Wayne, United States

Very nice B/w

14 Jun 2009 1:25am

MARIANA from waterloo, Canada

FANTASTIC BW and composition !

14 Jun 2009 6:08pm

dj.tigersprout from New York City, United States

bovine bridge is a lovely name for both the bridge and this shot!!

14 Jun 2009 11:38pm

yiannis krikis from thessaloniki, Greece

I like the grey tonality and the border

15 Jun 2009 4:56pm

10Fraction from Rennes, France

wow, excellent! B&W on purpose and the two sisters on the field are just perfetly populating the picture

17 Jun 2009 4:52am