The Salzach River at Salzburg

the River Salzach at Salzburg - early evening

I took this photo in the early evening a few days ago in Salzburg in Austria. I shot it with my iPhone 6. I took it from the bridge across the River Salzach, a bridge that is weighed down with thousands of love locks.

Love locks are those little padlocks that become love locks by being fastened by lovers to a public structure and left there. I have lost count of the numbers of places I have seen them, but never so many as here.

From a distance the bridge looks a warm bronze colour, and it’s the reflection off thousands of locks fastened by lovers to the uprights on the bridge.

Being a practical person, my first thought was that the bridge might be in danger of collapse with the weight of that additional metal. Maybe it is. I wonder though why I didn’t take a photo of the locks on the bridge. Why didn’t I do that? What was going through my mind that decided it wasn’t a worthy subject? I amaze myself.


  1. Tamara says:

    Lovely being with you there at the bridge, David! Hey, and how true about photographing the locks. Human beings are strange animals, eh?? 🙂

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    1. And lovely being there with you. (Cue the sound of a lock clicking shut on the bridge).

      Haha, I bet you would have suggested that I photograph them if I had mentioned photography and the locks in the same breath.

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  2. Lol, (about the extra weight) thought I was the only one who had thoughts like that: ) but I rather like seeing what the lovers saw; )

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    1. Now we know there are at least two of us who think like that!

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      1. Har! (Scary, isn’t it?; )


  3. reb says:

    The picture is lovely! 🙂

    Perhaps, subconsciously, you thought that ‘everybody else’ would take that picture …

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    1. There’s something in what you say – and that it wouldn’t make a ‘good’ picture, and I didn’t think beyond that.

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