When a photo challenge comes along that speaks to me, I jump in, like this week, when Terri Webster Schrandt over at Second Wind Leisure offered up the theme, ‘lines and squares.’ When I think of those elements, my mind naturally goes to architecture and nature.
I took this from the middle of the street near Brickell Avenue in Miami. These buildings did not exist five years ago, and I am enamored with how they seamlessly blend with the city’s old skyline.
This photo is from Fort Jefferson in the Dry Tortugas. This National Park is off the coast of Key West and can be accessed only by boat or sea plane. I love the way the walls funnel your attention to the exit at the rear. There was just enough sunlight streaming through to create highlights and shadows.
The weathered planks create multiple lines of contrasting color and texture with the posts which secure the dock. The solitary figure was a lovely bonus.
These historical buildings along a canal in Hamburg, Germany cast a linear reflection in the morning sun.
Not all lines are found in architecture. The ones we find in nature are pretty cool too. This one is from a sunrise on Jekyll Island, GA. Low tide, sea shells, sand, tidal pools, the ocean and even the rising sun contribute to this multi-layered composition.
And, how about these lines from a cave in Texas. These Stalactites have been back lit to show off their intricate development.
This line is flanked by two hundred year old Spanish Oak trees at the Evergreen plantation in Louisiana. Just beyond lies twenty two homes in a double row which housed slaves for the plantation in the 1800’s.
This line runs through the golden hills of the Santa Yanez valley in California. I love the mystery of the rising hill and what lies beyond.
Who could resist a ‘tiptoe through the tulips’ down this path which cuts through a tulip field in Holland? The farmer was exceedingly patient with my wanderings on this beautiful spring day.
These lines were carved into a sand dune by wind. Just wind. I took this at Dunes State Park on Jekyll Island in Georgia. It reminds me of the stalactite above, which was shaped by water. Isn’t the power of nature incredible?
Lines can be found everywhere. It’s perspective that makes the difference between ordinary and extraordinary.