Beautiful red tail hawk at the turtle bay exploration park in Redding CA.

Turtle Bay Exploration Park, Redding, CA

Beautiful red tail hawk with his wings spread on the handlers arms, and blue skies and clouds, with big tall bare trees in the background.
Red Tail Hawk at the Turtle Bay Exploration Park in Redding, CA
Beautiful close up picture of a large red tail hawk at the Turtle Bay Exploration Park out on the long walkway over the wetlands.
Red Tail Hawk at the Turtle Bay Exploration Park

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These are a couple photos that I took of the red tail hawk at the Turtle Bay Exploratorium. They have feedings daily where you can watch the birds being fed. This was a rare occasion when the trainers were with the birds. They were out in the main walkway.

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Sundial bridge a wide walking bridge with glass and white suspension which is a sun dial also.

Sacramento River and Sundial Bridge in Redding, California

Sundial bridge a wide walking bridge with glass and white suspension which is a sun dial also.
Sundial Bridge at the Turtle Bay Exploration Park.

The Sundial Bridge is a walking bridge over the Sacramento river in Redding, California, next to the Turtle Bay Exploration Park. It is something to see if you are visiting Redding, CA.

 

Looking up at the tip of the sun dial part of the bridge, an all white pointed dial.
Sundial.
Large white tower part of the sun dial and also the metal suspensions.
Sundial part of the sundial bridge in Redding, CA.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The bridge is an actual sundial and you can tell the time of day with it.  It’s big as you can imagine, the part of the structure that jets out in the sky is the dial part.  Right next to the sundial is a garden a a walkway, bike way also, along the river.

 

 

The bridge is designed by architect, Santiago Calatrava. 

http://www.turtlebay.org/sundialbridge

The design for the Sundial Bridge was conceived by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, the world’s premier bridge designer. Calatrava has built bridges, airports, rail terminals, stadiums, and other structures around the world. Though he recently completeda major expansion of the Milwaukee Art Museum, and has been selected to design the new Oakland Cathedral, this is his first freestanding bridge in the United States.

 

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Sundial Bridge, Sacramento River, Shasta County

Sundial bridge a walking bridge, over the Sacramento river, Redding, California

This bridge is fantastic! I think that it was one of the greatest structures to be built in California. I have visited it numerous time and it is just wonderful to visit. My grandpa will argue with you till the sun comes up about what a waste of money it was. If you want to get him riled up just mention the Sundial Bridge. 🙂

“Spanish architect and engineer Santiago Calatrava conceived the Sundial Bridge’s unusual design, his first free-standing bridge in the United States.”

 

Sundial bridge over the Sacramento river in Redding California, with glass plates, and it is a sundial.
Beautiful Sundial bridge over the Sacramento river.

 

View of the bridge from underneath, and right on the Sacramento river, Redding, California.
Sacramento river underneath the Sundial bridge.

 

Sacramento river, and in the distance the Sundial bridge, a walking bridge crossing.
Sundial bridge in the distance on the Sacramento river.

Flowers with insects, at the Sundial Bridge and Turtle Bay’s McConnell Arboretum and Botanical Gardens

I went on another trip to the Sundial Bridge and Turtle Bay Gardens in Redding, California  This local attraction is free, that is the wonderful part.  The bridge is free, the walking and biking trails are free, and consequently they actually go through all the way to the Shasta Dam from the bridge.   It offers so much, exploration park, museum, cafe, outdoor playground for children, old monolith, animals, and a seasonal butterfly exhibition.  It is quite spectacular and you could easily spend a few hours there with your family or friends.

Butterfly at the McConnel Arboretum and Botanical Garden along withe beautiful sage.
Sundial of the Sundial bridge, and some purple flowers of the botanical gardens.
The bridge from a higher point.