“Eventually, all things merge into one, and a river runs through it. The river was cut by the world's great flood and runs over rocks from the basement of time. On some of the rocks are timeless raindrops. Under the rocks are the words, and some of the words are theirs. I am haunted by waters.” ~ Norman Maclean, A River Runs Through It and Other Stories
Sometimes I am just drawn to the water where I find serenity and peacefulness. And like Norman Maclean points out on some of the rocks are timeless raindrops. As a young man he found that life was only a step from art in its structures and beauty. At the age of 70, he wrote the book. I have seen the movie and can still feel the tranquility in the scene where he is fly-fishing in the river.
Above: CNR Train Bridge, Prince George, BC
While waiting for the sun to set I spotted three youths standing quietly by the river. I wondered if they were also waiting for sunset, but before I could get closer, they got onto their bikes and rode off along the sandy riverbed. Although I love to photograph the train bridge I find the Yellowhead Bridge a fascinating structure that casts fantastic reflections on the water when the river is calm.
Above: Yellowhead Bridge over the Fraser River, Prince George, BC
While standing on Goat Island looking towards the east I am able to capture the more interesting part of the bridge. And even the mill with the red and white tower can be seen through the trees. I love the reflection in the water. Standing on the bank of sand and grass, waiting as the sky changed from light blue to grey to gorgeous pinks, I enjoyed the serenity of the island. It's not often I can get across to it. I even found a fox hole or three along the edges. I wonder if they live there? Perhaps another trip in early morning would answer my question.
Above: CNR Train bridge as seen from Goat Island, Prince George, BC
Looking back at the Yellowhead bridge from Goat Island I am able to capture the last few rays of sunset before darkness descends. I'm the last one off the island and as I walked across the riverbed to head to the car I am thankful I am able to go on a whim and photograph what I want, when I want. This would be a great spot for some night shots too if I feel so inclined before the river rises too much more. And my gum boots are in my car, ready to put on if needed.
Above: Yellowhead Bridge at sunset, Prince George, BC
Terrill Bodner, MPA is an Accredited Professional Photographer living in Prince George, BC, specializing in Contemporary Family Portraiture, Corporate Headshots, Real Estate and Fine Art photography. Terrill is an Accredited member of Professional Photographers of Canadaand holds the designation of Master of Photographic Arts.