Red Oak Creek Covered Bridge

I love covered bridges. They have always been a passion of mine. I have visited several in Vermont, other areas of New England and in New York State. While visiting Georgia, I was pleasantly surprised to find several covered bridges. Red Oak Creek covered bridge is one of my favorite bridges of all that I have seen.  

The bridge spans Red Oak Creek near Woodbury, Georgia. It is an 1840s era bridge, built by freed slave and a noted bridge builder, Horace King. It is the longest and oldest wood covered bridge still in use in Georgia. 

Fundamentals of a Covered Bridge

A covered bridge is more than a bridge with a roof on it. True covered bridges are defined by a timber truss (or frame) that distributes the weight of the load-bearing deck. The truss design determines how long a span it can have and how complex it is to build. This makes them different from simple timber beam bridges or other similar structures. 

The fundamental structural purpose for covering a bridge is to shield the trusses and deck from the elements. Because wooden bridges with exposed superstructures are vulnerable to rot, covering and roofing the bridges protects the trusses from the weather, and so they last longer. 

The truss makes the entire structure much stronger, letting you build longer bridges. When you add the covering, it actually reinforces the truss, strengthening the bridge.

The Red Oak Creek covered bridge is constructed on the Town lattice design, the bridge’s web of planks crisscrossing at 45-to 60-degree angles are fastened at each intersection with a total of approximately 2,500 wooden pegs, or trunnels.

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Covered bridge surrounded by rustic fence and sunset skies
Covered bridge surrounded by rustic fence and sunset skies
Covered bridge surrounded by rustic fence and sunset skies
Covered bridge surrounded by rustic fence and sunset skies

My Camera

I’m often asked what camera I shoot with. I’m a firm believer that any modern camera today and produce a good picture. I use a Canon R5 as my main camera. It is a mirrorless camera, but most importantly it is a great tool. I am able to get it to translate the vision that I see into a photograph. 

My key reasons for this camera are: 

  • It is 45 mp. For some photographers, that is too much. For a landscape photographer it is my sweet spot. 
  • It’s a Canon. I have used a lot of Canon cameras and have always found them dependable, reliable and intuitive to use. 
  • The RF lenses are truly amazing. I have always had EF-L series lenses, but the RF lenses produce stunning images. 
  • The image stabilization is outstanding

But this isn’t a blog about cameras. If you want to know more, please contact me.

Debbi Marquette Photography is located in Upstate New York at the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains. Debbi is an award winning and published travel, landscape and bald eagle photographer specializing in artistic, authentic, and memorable landscape and wildlife photography. She travels frequently, lives near the mountains and constantly has a camera in her hand to capture photographs so others can see the beauty of our world.

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