Pretty bridges in a scenic woodland setting, bridges that appear to be provided so that we may cross over a stream while being in no danger of getting our shoes wet, dirty, or heaven forbid, covered in mud.
Some bridges are obviously there to allow access to areas that would otherwise be tantalizingly close yet totally inaccessible.
Pretty wooden paths in a scenic woodland setting, boardwalks crossing over a nasty icky section of trail so we are in no danger of getting our shoes wet, dirty, or heaven forbid, covered in mud.
You can look at these bridges and boardwalks and think that they have been placed as a matter of convenience for visitors – you’d be partially correct, but the other reason that bridges and boardwalks are placed and maintained is to protect nature.
I don’t mind getting wet and muddy – in fact I’m quite happy at the end of a day spent outdoors where I am a bit wet, muddy and or covered in seaweed, beach sand, and have a bit of road rash. It’s part and parcel of enjoying nature in a natural way…