Another picture from the west bank of the canal (i.e., the swamp side). The bridge stays in this open position most of the time so as not to impede boat traffic. I had to hustle yesterday to get the bridge open when a Coast Guard boat suddenly appeared out of nowhere. They were on some sort of mission and were moving down the canal at a pretty good clip. One does not want to interfere with the Coast Guard when they are working, don't you know.