The woods sorrounding the complex are full of traces of recent human presence. i.e. There was a lot of bags of garbage on this shot... Had to take them out in order to keep the beauty and natural flow of the shot.
Now lost amidst the woods of the lands named "Vale de Gatos", this 60 rooms hotel was once the place of choice for political, economic, military, sports, and other elite entities. A true oasis, or haven for the privileged ones that could afford such commodities. Nowadays...from a far, it offers nothing more than a mere decadent sight...
Still on motion. If you keep track on a solo motive, and track it, all else seems to be not as real as the motive itself. And if the motion would be rapid enought, everything besides the motive, would be in a state of non existence. Because we simply wouldn't be aware of it. It's a fun subject this one.
What is time? What is our perception of time? 30 seconds. In 30 seconds dozens of vehicles crossed this intersection. I'm aware of it because I saw it all happening right before my eyes. Still, in this shot, we can only see the traces of motion. I fully aware of the scientific explanation of this, I programmed the shot, so the picture we're seeing is the result of the settings I used. Still, imagine the lens was the eye of bug or animal, and what it saw would always took 30 seconds to process. It would live and know a tottaly different reality than ours. So when I look at this shot, I see that lots of things happened, yet, it seems that time did not went by during this small period of time. Think of it. 🤔
As in life, even the path of light is sometimes covered with darkness, and there's nothing you can do, just prepare to whatever is coming, focusing that you're still walking the path of light. Face the darkness, light is just ahead.
Now, a dark and sorrowful fact.
This bridge, that was built to connect lands, and lifes, is also the place where some people choose to disconnect from this land, and this life. There are no official numbers, but from the information that I gathered, there is a rate of eleven to fifteen suicide attempts per year. That makes it at least one attempt per month. And this is were I find a major flaw of this bridge. There should be a fence high enough to make it hard for these attempts to become a reality. This is the first idea that comes up to my mind, but there are other measures that could be implemented. But unfortunately nothing seems to be done. This picture was taken and edited in dedication to all the souls that have fallen victm of suicide. My most sincere condolences to everyone that has lost someone under these circumstances. If you know someone who is struggling in anyway with a difficult dead-end like situation, please, for the love of the humanity that still lives in us. Help them! This is the last photo of the "Ponte 25 De Abril" theme. Thought of not bringing up this matter, but I decided that it was important to raise people's awareness.
Did you know that there used to be a lane in the bridge, that got nicknamed "The Bride"?
Nowadays the bridge has six lanes, three on each side. But it wasn't always like this. In the beginning the bridge had only four lanes, two on each side. But some years later, due to increase of traffic, there was the need to add another lane. This new lane was fully painted in white, hence, the nickname "The Bride". This lane was to used to help the traffic flow. Depending on the time of the day, the direction of the lane was changed, it was reversible through the use of traffic lights.
Different angle, different fact.
Did you know that the bridge oscillates? It does, which is normal, but in fact it oscillates a lot...But worry not, that is also normal, since the architecture used on the construction of the bridge, was designed to withstand all the weight that it deals with every single day.
Data shows that, with the rolling of all the traffic, and also with the passing of passenger trains, and also cargo trains the bridge can oscillate 1 meter to each of its sides.It really was built to last, during the time of its creation, altought hundreds of years had passed, the earthquake that it Lisbon in 1755 was on the table. Engineers and architects worked with this always in the back of their minds. So, it is said that if another earthquake like the one from 1755 dawned again on Lisbon. The bridge would probably be the safest place to be. Because according to data provided, it would be capable to withstand the fury of such a devastating force, having only to deal with some minor damage.
Another curiosity about this bridge... It used to be called "Ponte Salazar" in homage to the dictatorial President, António Salazar, that ruled over Portugal until 1968. Later, after the dictatorship got overthrew, in 1974 with the famous "Revolução dos Cravos" (Carnation Revolution) which was a very peaceful revolution, with very little known casualties. After this, and with the implementation of Democracy, eventually at some point, the bridge name was changed to "Ponte 25 De Abril" as an homage to the day when Portugal supposedly turned to be a free country.
Some other details about this wonder. It is 2,2 kilometers long, it is raised 70 meters above the water level, and at it's highest point, the bridge reaches an astonishing 190 meters high. Wow 😲
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This need no introduction. The one and only "Ponte 25 De Abril" bridge. There are still some curious facts about it thought... Did you know that this bridge and the Golden Gate Bridge, are considered to be twin sisters? They are very similar. They share the fact that both are suspension bridges, and both have that reddish color. But did you also know that, in fact, the true inspiration for the look of the "Ponte 25 De Abril" bridge was in fact the Bay Bridge? Which by the way, is also located in San Francisco. These bridges are almost identical, the only difference? The colors! 25 de Abril has that reddish tone, and Bay Bridge has a whitish tone.