Saturday Sketches #5

The Ross Bridge, Penzance – Sepia Pencil

The original swing bridge was built in 1881 from an old railway turntable to give access to the Abbey Basin and dry dock. This bridge was replaced in 1980, constructed by local Cornish company Visick’s Foundry.  The bridge, which opens to allow boats into the dry dock approximately 20 times per year, is not only subjected to the harsh sea environment it’s located in, but also the wear and tear of the traffic it carries into the Penzance seafront and harbour areas. Named after Charles Ross who was a major partner in the Penzance Bank otherwise known as Batten, Carne and Carne. His family home and estate in Penzance are now the Morrab Library and Morrab Gardens.


  1. BeckyB says:

    Fascinating history, and also amazing what photo editors can do.

    1. Heyjude says:

      It’s fun playing, especially since we don’t go far to get new photos. Do I detect you have a tooth problem? (from various comments)

      1. BeckyB says:

        Yup, got a fishbone wedged in behind a wisdom tooth. Dentist can’t see it so I’m waiting for it to emerge by itself. Fortunately can now talk and eat without it stabbing me, so think it’s either dissolving or maybe even gone and the gum is just recovering.

        1. Heyjude says:

          Ouch, that sounds nasty. Hope you recover soon!

        2. BeckyB says:

          Not the most pleasant experience but there are worst things!

        3. Heyjude says:

          One reason why I prefer my fish boneless.

        4. BeckyB says:

          It was a rogue one in a fillet of fish!

        5. Heyjude says:

          Naughty… 😝

  2. restlessjo says:

    I like this one but that bright light makes it look cold. Happy weekend, Jude 🙂 🙂

    1. Heyjude says:

      It was a lovely sunny day, haha 😂
      Whereas today so far has been a series of extremely wintery showers. Nothing like hail on the Velux windows to wake you up!

      1. restlessjo says:

        A lovely morning and hot chestnuts to keep our hands warm on the way back from town. Our first this year 🤗💕💕

        1. Heyjude says:

          I used to love roasted chestnuts.

  3. Dina says:

    The sepia tones works very well with this lovely image, the history of the past and the present, Jude. I’d love to pay Penzance another visit.
    Hope you are both well. x

    1. Heyjude says:

      Thanks Dina. Yes we’re doing fine. Won’t be straying far today it’s a very wintery showers and sunshine day, but tomorrow we have booked a ticket for a garden, so fingers crossed 🤞 it’s not as wet!

      1. Dina says:

        Sounds good! We had wintery showers yesterday and are back to normal today. Looks like I will have a dry and grey day on Blakeney Point tomorrow – weather fit for the Grey Seals.

  4. margaret21 says:

    Lovely evocative shot.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Thank you 😊

  5. beetleypete says:

    The effect worked well with this photo, Jude.
    Best wishes, Pete. x

    1. Heyjude says:

      Thanks Pete, sepia always makes things look old.

  6. Sue says:

    I’m enjoying your sketches, Jude!

    1. Heyjude says:

      Thanks Sue. It’s interesting to see how different an image can look.

      1. Sue says:

        Yes it can be quite surprising!

  7. Tish Farrell says:

    This is a v. interesting effect, Jude. Photo morphing into a more illustrative mode. Also a ‘period’ sense, though paradoxically it would be hard to pinpoint time even after zooming in on the parked cars. Nothing like a good bit of ‘playing’.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Thanks Tish, I am liking your playing too 😊

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  9. bushboy says:

    Wonderful Jude. Looking forward to seeing these wonderful effects photos every week 🙂

    1. Heyjude says:

      Thanks BB. Keeps me out of mischief.

  10. Elizabeth says:

    It took me a moment to realize this wasn’t a pencil sketch. A good choice of photo to use this filter.

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