Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Sepia Scenes: Are You Thinking Spaceship?

Every time I see this structure I think I'm going into the bowels of a spaceship! I imagine being drawn in slowly to the darkness and the doors closing behind me. In moments the silent takeoff is barely noticeable as I'm being whisked away to another galaxy. Somewhere in the darkness Richard Dreyfuss will be waiting to accompany me on this interplanetary travel. Ahh, such are the daydreams of a Sci-fi fan.....

I'm brought back to reality as my cat weaves in and out of my feet purring gently to let me know she needs to be fed.

In reality this massive structure is the entrance to the Monitor-Merrimac Memorial Bridge-Tunnel. It is a 4.6 mile-long crossing for Interstate 664 in the southeastern portion of Virginia in the United States. It is a four-lane bridge-tunnel composed of bridges, trestles, man-made islands and tunnels under a portion of the Hampton Roads harbor where the James, Nansemond, and Elizabeth Rivers come together.
The tunnel is named for the two ironclad warships which engaged in the famous Battle of Hampton Roads on March 8–9, 1862, during the US Civil War. The battle took place between the USS Monitor and the CSS Virginia. The latter ship had been rebuilt from the wreck of the USS Merrimack. The site of the battle was within 1 mile (1.6 km) of the bridge-tunnel structure named by the Commonwealth of Virginia as a memorial.

Hubs and I lived just down the road from the tunnel when we lived in Virginia. We still go through it when we visit our daughter.

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18 comments:

Thom said...

Beam me up Scotty!!! LOL I love the Sepia one the best. It actually looks like it could be a spaceship. Great photos my friend. I hope you are all well and that the new year is treating you well :) Next Monday :)

Leora said...

In sepia, it sure does look like a creepy spaceship. I love your sepia version. I think I would prefer an architectural style of an old-fashioned naval ship, instead of the concrete spaceship look.

kaye said...

It sure is an interesting structure that's for sure! nice shot.

Annie said...

Impressive. But what is all that structure on top?

Ralph said...

Actually, to me it seems like a ship about to sail across the ocean, the large stacks so cruise ship like. There is lots of water around the Hampton Roads so the bridges and tunnels leave a grand entrance or exit to Norfolk. The sepia edit gives this portal a geometric abstract look. Cool!

Birgitta - foto CHIP said...

I could never have guessed it was a tunnel ;)
Happy SS!

http://fotochip.blogspot.com/2011/01/sepia-scenes_12.html

Pat said...

This is a very interesting composition; and I surely like it in sepia tone! You are absolutely right that it looks like a spaceship!

JunieRose2005 said...

Yes!! I can go along with the space ship! :) This is a cool picture in sepia!

Betsy from Tennessee said...

It does look a little like a spaceship, Carletta... AND--it reminds me of the tunnel near Bluefield, VA---going into West VA. .... Wonder if the two tunnels were designed by the same person/persons..... Interesting, huh?
Hugs,
Betsy

George said...

I've been through the bridge-tunnel once, several years ago. It's really a very impressive structure. I like your sepia treatment of the entrance.

Kala said...

The edited image in sepia sure does look like a spaceship. Reminds me of when I used to watch Star Trek or Lost in Space!

Felisol said...

I have always been scared by science fiction, so your picture gives me a creepy feeling.
The sepia version actually looks less frightening.
The soft colors and fading angles are soothing the impression.

Annie said...

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Gary said...

Yes it looks like a spaceship --- from a vintage movie.

Lisa said...

It really looks like a Spaceship to me!

nightfall00 said...

I see a spaceship too! Very nice feel.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Hmmm.... I couldn't wait to get to the jump below the second picture, as I had no idea what this interesting structure really was. I like your fantasy.

Rose said...

I didn't know what to think it was...sort of reminded me of a combine---don't ask me why.