Would you rather build a wall or a bridge?


We build too many walls and not enough bridges – Isaac Newton
Bridges connect things – people, structures, places and even bloggers.

Bridgefor this week’s photo challenge, Cheri asks for our take on the things, places, or people that connect us. 

There’s scary bridges:

 

There’s interesting bridges:

 

There’s beautiful old railway trestle bridges:

 

There’s the water under the bridge:

 

And then there’s my favourite bridge:

 

Sydney Harbour Bridge

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I like to think that blogging is a bridge too – it connects us while spanning many countries, cultures and people of all backgrounds.  Carry on blogging and maybe we can make the world a better place.  I’d much rather build a bridge than a wall!

These are just a few of my favourite bridge shots. I’d love to know what you think, leave me a comment below.

Deb xx

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  One thought on “Would you rather build a wall or a bridge?

  1. July 7, 2017 at 1:33 pm

    “I like to think that blogging is a bridge too – it connects us while spanning many countries, cultures and people of all backgrounds” – yes – indeed – I like that bridge!

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    • July 7, 2017 at 5:06 pm

      Thanks Jodi! I am continually inspired by bloggers around the world and I like that bridge too!

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  2. July 7, 2017 at 2:01 pm

    Oh please more bridges. Any more talk of walls in North America and my eye will bulge. Gorgeous photos Deb.

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    • July 7, 2017 at 5:10 pm

      Thanks Sue! I didn’t mean to start out with the whole bridge versus wall thing but it came to me as I was writing my post. I’m happy with the whole analogy. and can imagine it impacts on you much more than it does on me, being on different sides of the world as we are. Lovely to have you visit and we can always build bridges together!

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  3. July 7, 2017 at 3:46 pm

    I’m more a bridge type of gal as it turns out. I like the idea of blogging being like a bridge too 🙂

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    • July 7, 2017 at 5:07 pm

      Thanks for that! I’m definitely a bridge person 🙂 and think blogging is a great way of bridging the gaps. Great to have you visit.

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  4. July 7, 2017 at 6:20 pm

    Very profound on a Friday. Okay, I too prefer to build bridges. 🙂 Walls aren’t usually as attractive, or an engineering feat as bridges can be!

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    • July 7, 2017 at 6:33 pm

      I agree with you! I didn’t mean to be so profound on a Friday but it just came out that way 🙂

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      • July 7, 2017 at 7:59 pm

        You do it so well, so all good 🙂 I was being a bit cheeky, blardy hot here today and no wind. Was wonderful yesterday as we had a breeze all day. Bye from the grumpy overheated kiwi 🙂 Who needs to go for another swim!!

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  5. July 7, 2017 at 7:08 pm

    Lovely post. Looks like the weather was the same on the Sydney Harbour Bridge for you as it was for me. I plan to do it again one day when it’s fine.

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    • July 8, 2017 at 9:33 pm

      It was the wettest day possible and I really thought they cancel our walk but it went ahead and was amazing. I’m scared of heights and was worried but I’d do it again in a flash, preferably on a nicer day though. Glad you plan to go again.

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  6. leannelc
    July 7, 2017 at 11:55 pm

    You’re right about blogging being a bridge Deb – I am grateful every day for the people it has connected me with both in Australia and much further afield – such a blessing and a really big encouragement for me at this stage of life.

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    • July 8, 2017 at 9:31 pm

      Thanks for your comment Leanne, it’s something I’m grateful for too. The support and encouragement is just awesome. Keep on connecting 😊

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  7. Shirley Corder
    July 8, 2017 at 1:18 am

    Oh yes, let’s build bridges. As bloggers we can build bridges between continents, like we’re doing right now in this post. What fun! A nation of grumblers

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    • July 8, 2017 at 7:04 pm

      I agree Shirley, I love blogging for that reason.

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  8. July 8, 2017 at 2:12 am

    A beautiful collection Deb – my husband and I did the Sydney bridge climb. Thanks for that special memory!

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    • July 8, 2017 at 7:04 pm

      It’s a fantastic experience isn’t it? Although I’m scared of heights, it felt good and I’d do it again. Thanks for visiting

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  9. July 8, 2017 at 2:49 am

    Yes, blogging is a bridge for so many of us as bloggers and as readers. These photos are gorgeous! I enjoyed the tour!

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    • July 8, 2017 at 7:02 pm

      Thanks a lot Ellen, it was fun putting it together. Great to have you along.

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  10. July 8, 2017 at 7:54 am

    Your bridges are beautiful.
    I’ve built many a bridge. I am now working on walls. I am working on boundaries and they require steel walls. I hope to one day build bridges again when I feel safe again.

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    • July 8, 2017 at 7:02 pm

      Thanks for your visit. I hope you get to build bridges again soon.

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  11. July 8, 2017 at 2:32 pm

    I love bridges too! Beautiful pictures.

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  12. July 8, 2017 at 6:40 pm

    Great shots! And blogging is indeed a bridge!

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    • July 8, 2017 at 7:01 pm

      Thanks Ritu, to me it’s a great link to others around the world.

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      • July 8, 2017 at 7:42 pm

        It is indeed! This world feels much smaller with our blog access!

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  13. josypheen
    July 8, 2017 at 6:45 pm

    I love all these photos!
    It’s brilliant that you have photos of bridges from all over the world! It must have taken a while to dig out so many bridge-y piccies 😀

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    • July 8, 2017 at 7:00 pm

      Thanks for the comment on my photos and post. I just did a search for bridge in my media section on WordPress and they all appeared. I’ve obviously taken a few shots of bridges over the years!!

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      • josypheen
        July 9, 2017 at 2:03 am

        🙂 Well, it is an excellent selection!

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  14. July 8, 2017 at 6:46 pm

    Love this analogy! Did you take the pictures?
    Jas xx

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  15. July 8, 2017 at 7:24 pm

    #SocialSaturday hello *waves* I like to build bridges but am afraid of heights, I’m Four foot eleven so used to being more grounded or closer to it. We went to Vancouver Island October 2015 where we saw the first tresstle, an amazing construction of wood for moving all the wood on trains ironic I thought. .i didn’t get more than fifty yards on top but the husband went till he looked like a speck in my camera. It is a chore mending bridges that I seem to do well third child keeps the peace, lifes too short to allow them (relationships) to crumble we must at least try to fill the cracks, build those metaphoric bridges… even if your scared of heights.

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    • July 8, 2017 at 9:30 pm

      Hello to you too Ellen 👋 I get what you’re saying and agree wholeheartedly. I’m also scared of heights so some of these bridges were quite hard for me to cross. I made myself do it and am glad I did. I’m a bit short too. Great to have you along.

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  16. July 8, 2017 at 7:33 pm

    Great pics. Agree about blogging incredible community. Yes to making bridges reaching out.

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    • July 8, 2017 at 9:27 pm

      Great to have your thoughts on this post! Reaching out is one of the reasons I love blogging.

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  17. July 8, 2017 at 7:40 pm

    Metaphorically, I a definite bridge builder. In physicality, one of my fears are actually large bridges. They freak me out a bit!

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  18. July 8, 2017 at 8:11 pm

    Hi Debs, this a lovely post, I am with you we need more bridges and less walls. We need to unite not diveid ! Thanks for visiting me 😉 Happy Social Saturday 😉

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    • July 8, 2017 at 9:24 pm

      Thanks for your visit too, I love social Saturday. Glad you can relate to my post 😊

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      • July 8, 2017 at 9:36 pm

        It’s my first Social Saturday and it’s good , I do agree with you 💙

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  19. July 8, 2017 at 8:28 pm

    You’re so right. Bridges not walls. I’ve always loved bridges actually. Especially when I was a child…..maybe all kids do! These are fab photos!

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    • July 8, 2017 at 9:23 pm

      Thanks so much Gloria, I love the metaphor but didn’t know that where I was going when I sat down to write it.

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  20. July 8, 2017 at 9:19 pm

    Beautiful photos again Deb. Seeing the family shimmy across the log bridge over a small river is prompting me to get back outside.

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    • July 8, 2017 at 9:22 pm

      Thanks Gabe, that log bridge crossing was particularly scary and I was shuffling very slowly. Glad I can inspire you to get back out there!!

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  21. July 8, 2017 at 9:30 pm

    Beautiful shots, I love the geometrical shot in “water under the bridge” and I’m still figuring out the photo with the quote, is that a fountain in the foreground? ☺ as I said in the comment on the prompt post, love that you compared blogging to a bridge, spot on!

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    • July 8, 2017 at 9:34 pm

      Thanks for visiting! Yes the fountain is in the foreground of the bridge and was a lovely viewing spot. Blogging really is a bridge 😊

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  22. July 8, 2017 at 9:45 pm

    Beautiful photos! I like how you see blogging as a bridge, too. I feel the same way. The more we know about each, different cultures, different takes on life, the more we want to include everyone at the table rather than shut them out.

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    • July 8, 2017 at 9:49 pm

      Thanks so much for your lovely comment. I agree with you and love the community we have built. Enjoy your weekend 😊

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  23. musicalmumblog
    July 8, 2017 at 11:11 pm

    I have only recently discovered the truth in this! Blogging is an incredibly rich and welcoming world, and the connections are fascinating x

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    • July 8, 2017 at 11:16 pm

      I’m glad you’ve discovered this truth! I enjoy it so much and can cover the world in a day with my connections. Enjoy your weekend 😊

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  24. July 9, 2017 at 1:13 am

    I much prefer bridges to walls. Bridges are always so photogenic for how they stretch and arch, even the starkest industrial ones. But a wall is really only notable (in my opinion) if it is old and crumbling or defaced in some way.

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    • July 9, 2017 at 8:58 am

      That’s very true Allie! Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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  25. July 9, 2017 at 1:31 am

    Build a bridge of course! I love making connections with everyone. Having you guest blog was a great experience, and I got a new fun blog to follow in the process.

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    • July 9, 2017 at 8:57 am

      Oh thanks so much for your lovely comment. I, so glad we connected too. Only 3 months until our next wedding!!!

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  26. July 9, 2017 at 2:19 am

    Love the opening quote and the following line about bridges building connections and uniting things. Agreed re blogging as a reference to that too. I have made so many good friends from all over the world; So Politicos…stick that in your negativity and go be the first people to live on Mars out of the way. At least then we can just turn the communication satellites off so we don’t have to listen to the gibberish 🙂

    Great post and wonderful photos too!

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    • July 9, 2017 at 8:54 am

      I love your comment Gary! I agree we don’t need any more gibberish. Thanks for making me smile 😊

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      • July 9, 2017 at 7:09 pm

        See, smiles are another “bridge” essential to positive well being and often comments on blogs do that, whereas how often can you turn the news on and find similar? I may, of course, just be dead cynical 😁

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  27. July 9, 2017 at 3:24 am

    Love this post! It reminds me that we’re all connected whether it’s by a bridge or via the internet. I’ve never thought of blogging as a bridge, but now that you say it. I believe you’re right. 🙂

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  28. July 9, 2017 at 5:38 am

    I agree! Bridges instead of wall. Thanks for the reminder and sharing your great photos with us all.

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    • July 9, 2017 at 8:52 am

      Great to have your thoughts and I’m always happy to share my photos!!

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  29. July 9, 2017 at 5:47 am

    What a lovely analogy!

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  30. July 9, 2017 at 12:23 pm

    Love your feature shot Deb! And yes definitely better to built a bridge than a wall.

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    • July 9, 2017 at 12:49 pm

      Thanks Desley, it was a fun capture. I’m with you about building bridges too.

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  31. July 9, 2017 at 1:26 pm

    I love this for so many reasons.Your beautiful photography, of course, made me happy. I agree that we need more bridges and less talk of walls. And It never occurred to me that we bloggers are bridgers. I so agree!

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    • July 9, 2017 at 1:43 pm

      Thanks Linda, I really appreciate your lovely comment.

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  32. July 9, 2017 at 5:57 pm

    Great post and yes building bridges are much strong that building walls both in and out of the blogging world. You have so many bridge shots!! Uncle warren would be proud

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    • July 9, 2017 at 6:01 pm

      I didn’t know I had quite so many bridge shots in my media library!! Thanks for your comment and yes Warren would be proud ❤️

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  33. July 9, 2017 at 9:45 pm

    Wonderful quote to start your post. And I love that first photo, Debbie.

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    • July 9, 2017 at 10:38 pm

      Thanks Ruth. I enjoyed sharing my bridge photos and making the statement that came out if nowhere! That quote probably helped my thinking processes somewhat.

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  34. July 9, 2017 at 11:19 pm

    Hi Deb,
    How fascinating. I loved seeing all the photos of different bridges. I love the Sydney Harbour Bridge too, along with the old sandstone bridge at Northbridge, which was built by a relative of mine.
    I really liked what you said about building bridges instead of walls and how we build connections through blogging. I have built so many strong connections all around the world through blogging.
    Actually, a few weeks ago I heard about the Great Get Together in the UK to honour the first anniversary of the death of MP Jo Cox and I held a get together on my blog. I had people join in from South Africa, UK, USA< Canada etc. It was a great illustration of how blogging is uniting the world.Here's the link: https://beyondtheflow.wordpress.com/2017/06/18/great-get-together-goes-global-moreincommon/
    xx Rowena

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    • July 10, 2017 at 1:58 pm

      Hi Rowena, I’m glad to hear you enjoyed my bridge post and photos. I really believe blogging is a great way of meeting others around the world. I’ll check out the link to your post. Thanks again.

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  35. Donna
    July 10, 2017 at 5:57 am

    I agree that blogging can create an amazing bridge! I am very grateful for that!

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    • July 10, 2017 at 2:02 pm

      Yes it certainly is a good way of meeting people with so many benefits. I’m grateful too.

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  36. July 10, 2017 at 12:28 pm

    Love bridges Debbie and of course you have my sentimental favourite The Sydney Harbour Bridges (I was born in Sydney). Have a great week!

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  37. July 10, 2017 at 2:48 pm

    I love the idea of building bridges between people, but walls have their function too. It is important to set boundaries. Great photos, Debbie!

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    • July 10, 2017 at 2:50 pm

      Thanks Margaretha, I appreciate your comment and understand the necessity to have walls too.

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  38. July 10, 2017 at 11:21 pm

    I’m pretty horrified at our tendency in politics today to build walls vs. bridges.

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  39. Jodie
    July 10, 2017 at 11:40 pm

    Great photos, Debbie!!
    I know everything has it’s place, but the bridges are the best way for people to connect! Now if only everyone was in it for the good….
    Jodie
    http://www.jtouchofstyle.com

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  40. July 11, 2017 at 4:11 am

    Gorgeous shots!
    I think the functionality of bridges is so underrated. We often take them for granted, when they are so vital to our lives!

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    • July 11, 2017 at 6:17 pm

      Thanks for your comment, and I agree we undervalue the worth of bridges in many ways.

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  41. July 11, 2017 at 8:04 am

    Bridges seem so much friendlier, don’t they?

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  42. July 11, 2017 at 10:40 am

    You are so right, we need more bridges and fewer walls! Beautiful shots of all the bridges. I agree (and love the fact) that blogging builds bridges. I’m connected with people all around the world. Not bad for a shy girl!

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    • July 11, 2017 at 6:16 pm

      I’m finding many readers are feeling the same way, just by the comments! I love being connected to people around the world through blogging, it’s so interesting Not bad for a shy girl at all!

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  43. July 11, 2017 at 11:32 pm

    Absolutely stunning pictures. This is definitely a time where we need more bridges than walls.

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  44. July 12, 2017 at 1:06 am

    Such beautiful shots! And I love the metaphor 🙂

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  45. July 14, 2017 at 11:07 am

    Love all the bridge pictures, I’m a bit of a bridge nut myself!!!!

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  46. July 17, 2017 at 11:18 am

    These are amazing pictures! Bridges are such incredible feats of engineering (though I prefer looking at them to being on them.)

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  47. August 6, 2017 at 11:21 pm

    I like to think of bloggers as bridges as most certainly my followers scan the world twice over….All of the bloggers I know are wonderful people and I am sure if we all united we could make such a difference the world over so come on lets all unite and knock down a few walls and build some bridges I know we could 🙂 Love this post 🙂

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