Today I took a trip to a bridge which has always intrigued me, Mudford Bridge near Yeovil. I used to travel over this bridge each day to reach my work. The bridge is surrounded both sides with fields that I always notice walkers strolling through. I intended on entering one of the fields and placing my camera in the river Yeo. However, when I got there the banks were too steep and the water to shallow from the recent lack of rain.
I stood on the bridge I was used to driving over. Driving over at speeds too fast to notice the abundance of life that surrounds it.
I wanted to get a closer look at the river below the bridge but it was much higher than I previously realised. I used my GoPro to explore the River Yeo further. I was worried my crab line would not be strong enough to lower it all the way down to the water (maybe around 10ft). I attached a strong fishing wire to the GoPro as well as the crab line. This meant if one broke I would have a back up. It also provided stability. I held one line whilst a friend held the other. We lowered the camera into the water and were able to use each string to navigate the camera. The river was full of reeds, lily pads, algae and dragonflies.
Life thrives in it’s waters yet the river itself remains so still. An older relative perhaps, peaceful as it nurtures those around him, making it a reliable home for one to plant their roots.
Hanging over the bridge trying not to get the camera caught in the plants reminded me of playing Poohsticks in the village I grew up. A game where each player throws a stick into the river near a bridge then runs over to the other side. The first players stick to emerge from the bridge is the winner.