These are some of the bridges in the neighborhood where I work. There are several others that I did not get pictures of, as well as several more closer to town. Bean Creek happens to flow into Zayante Creek here, and Zayante Creek flows into the San Lorenzo River just a short distance away. Bean Creek flows through the farm a few miles upstream. Zayante Creek flows right past my home.

If you happen to know who Miley Cyrus is, she was photographed in the waterfall where Ferndell Creek flows into Bean Creek, which is literally just a few feet upstream from where Bean Creek flows into Zayante Creek. I do not know who she is, but I can understand why she came here to have her photograph taken.

1. Under the Conference Drive Bridge over Zayante Creek, East Zayante Road, Roaring Camp Road, Roaring Camp Railroad, and an access road to a (Rhody’s) baseball field, one would not guess that this bridge covers so much territory. The two roads below are on opposite sides of Zayante Creek. I posted pictures of this bridge before, but during winter while the box elders were bare. One box elder off to the left fell not too long ago.P90706

2. Over Zayante Creek, just a short distance upstream and around a bend to the east, this small pedestrian bridge is closed until it can be repaired or replaced. Rhody does not seem to mind. Except for the light green box elders off in the distance, the trees to the left are some rather nice specimens of white alder. The foliage to the right is that of California buckeye, which is a weirdly ‘twice deciduous’ species that can defoliate during summer.P90706+

3. Under Roaring Camp Railroad Bridge over Zayante creek, just another short distance upstream from the pedestrian bridge (#2), we can see some more white alders, as well as some coast live oaks in the background. The lighter foliage to the left is likely box elders. This railroad passes under the significantly higher Conference Drive Bridge (#1) just a short distance in the opposite direction. They are almost perpendicular to each other.P90706++

4. Over a nicely landscaped section of Ferndell Creek, this small pedestrian bridge is probably the best place to see most of the rhododendrons when they bloom. Most are off the left, but that unrecognizable shrub to the right is one of the biggest. It is about ten feet above the bridge, and about twelve feet below! The big camellia that was killed by gophers earlier was just to the left at the far end of this bridge, just in front of the redwoods.P90706+++

5. Under another pedestrian bridge just a very short distance downstream from the bridge pictured above (#4), recently planted Boston ivy is beginning to climb the pair of pillars in the background. Now that we know it does well here, we will eventually add more to climb the closer pair of pillars, after the English ivy gets removed. The site from which I removed sedge earlier is just upstream to the left, between the two pedestrian bridges.P90706++++

6. Over Conference Drive, and a short distance up the road form the Conference Drive Bridge (#1), this small pedestrian bridge was built at a time when Conference Drive carried much more traffic. The road was closed to through traffic and bypassed in 1968. I like how the bridge leaps up into the redwoods and back down again on the far end. I need to prune these redwoods for clearance, but try to leave them cozily close to the bridge.P90706+++++

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18 thoughts on “Six on Saturday: Under And Over

    1. Boston ivy does not cover so much ground. It just climbs things. I am rather concerned about what to do with it when it reaches the tops of the pillars, because it will not be practical to prune it down as much as necessary. We would like to remove as much of the English ivy as possible, although we can never get rid of all of it. I happen to like it in small landscapes, but we have acres of forest overrun with it.


  1. These are beautiful. Are the creeks dry part of the year? Also, there’s a Bret Harte story called “Luck of Roaring Camp,” and it’s always nice to be reminded that he was in specific places when he made things up. Is there a Poker Flat nearby, too? Because he also wrote a story about the “Outcasts of Poke Flat,” which might be in Calaveras County of the celebrated jumping frog, but that would be another, more famous author…


    1. All of the creeks here flow throughout the year, although a section of Bean Creek goes dry farther upstream. It is odd that a section beyond the dry section always flows. The water comes down, and then just disappears into the gravely bottom, and the resumes a bit farther downstream. Bean Creek and Zayante Creek carry a lot of water in winter, but Ferndell Creek does not change much. It does not have much of a watershed, but flows from a spring that flows constantly. There is another similar constant stream just a short distance beyond Ferndell Creek.
      I do not know where Poker Flat is, and there may have been more than one Roaring Camp in Gold Country. This Roaring Camp was a lumbering camp rather than a mining camp, and was referred to as ‘Roaring Camp’ just because it was such a wild place.

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    1. That is the only one that is not over a creek of some sort. It really is cool though, because it seems like it goes someplace that only wildlife should be allowed.


    1. Well, I don’t keep track of these younger artists. They are not like the ones I remember.
      The grand scale of the redwoods can be quite a challenge. It makes for a lot of shade. It is very different from the chaparral climate of the Santa Clara Valley.

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  2. There’s something very pleasing about bridges, I have pictures of several in New Zealand from years ago that are pretty much works of art. A typical Cornish bridge is stone built, crossing a river on several short pillars, several hundred years old, the visual focal point in that stretch of the river. We don’t have steep sided, deep creeks so we don’t have high bridges, other than the numerous viaducts that carry the railway down west.

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    1. Bridges really are architecturally compelling. There are not many interesting bridges where I grew up in the Santa Clara Valley, because it is a chaparral climate, with only two rivers and a few small creeks flowing over a mostly flat valley floor. Old bridges needed to be replaced with modern bridges as the region was developed. Here on the rainy side of the Santa Cruz Mountains, just a few miles away, there are so many more bridges. The Felton Covered Bridge over the San Lorenzo River is the tallest covered bridge in America, on the opposite edge of the continent from where one would expect it to be.


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