Bridges of Madison County: Cutler-Donahoe

After a couple days’ absence, I’m back to continue posting of my recent trip to Madison County, Iowa, to photograph the covered bridges in the fall colors. Over the weekend, I was unable to spend time on Twitter, Facebook, etc., as I participated in the “Fall Harvest Arts & Crafts Show” in Lee’s Summit, Mo. Although attendance was down from last year, I still had a pretty good show. And one of the highlights for me was being able to spend some time chatting with one of my long-time “heroes” … 8-time Golden Glove second baseman of the Kansas City Royals, Frank White (Frank’s wife and sister are floral arrangers and had a booth, directly across the aisle from my booth)! Not only a remarkable professional baseball player, Frank is a noted, all-around “good guy”. Today, as well as during his active playing career, Frank has been an outstanding role model in the Kansas City community. So, even though the show was a bit slow at times, I had a wonderful time :o)

Now, back to the covered bridges. Today’s post features the Cutler-Donahoe covered bridge. This bridge is 79 feet long and was built in 1871 by Eli Cox. Originally located over the North River near Bevington, Iowa, it was moved to it’s present location within the Winterset City Park, in 1970. In 1997, it was renovated at a cost of $35,538. From a fall color standpoint, this has to be the most photogenic of all the covered bridges in Madison County. Several brightly-colored maple trees stand around the bridge and some trees with red berries are also on-site. Here are a few of my favorite images of the Cutler-Donahoe covered bridge:

Cutler-Donahoe covered bridge

Cutler-Donahoe covered bridge

After these quick images, I decided to try some HDR images, particularly since the sky was very light colored:

Cutler-Donahoe covered bridge

Cutler-Donahoe covered bridge

Cutler-Donahoe covered bridge

And as I was leaving, I saw the moon was hanging around, over the bridge. So I made one last HDR capture:

Cutler-Donahoe covered bridge

The color at this bridge was really nice, but a drive on into the park was also very rewarding. I’ll feature some of those images in another post.

Photo Equipment Used:

  • Canon 1D Mark 3 body
  • Tamron 17mm-35mm lens
  • Bogen 3221 Tripod with Kirk Ent. HD Ballhead
  • ISO 200
  • Aperture f/22
  • Shutter Speed variable
  • HDR images: used 5 or 7 exposures for each image

 

 

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