I like bridges, those who have been following my blog might have read my several posts on Bridges.
The bridge is a suspension bridge, with towers near its end.
The hanging cables and the bridge parapets just converge towards the tower.
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The theme for this week’s Travel Theme is Arches.
I like arches. Structurally, they are a very efficient of supporting weight from above, without causing tension in the elements.
Architecturally, they look pleasing too.
The arches shown here are from a building in Geneve, Switzerland.
From the outside the building is interesting too. It has multiple arches and there are also ramps going up at a slant.
All these make for an interesting structure!
Geneva is not just about the lake and the fountain. Although the lake, the boats and the swans there are just lovely.
To me, they are just soothing to the eyes!
There are people who like Black and White images, but also there are people who hate them.
For comparison, the colored version is also shown. It gives a more peaceful feeling. Also, the snow capped mountain can be more clearly seen.
Sometimes, I ended up liking both versions.
The picture was taken while we were walking across a parallel footbridge which crosses the same wooded valley. The footbridge is fairly wide with twin masonry towers at the ends. It was sort of an old style suspension bridge with catenary cables stretching between the towers from one end to the other. Strung from the main cables are vertical cables which in turn support the suspended walkway. The picture also shows on the left the upper part of the motorway bridge and some Swiss cottages at the far end. Like other tourists on the footbridge, I was happy capturing some images of the deep valley and the motorway bridge.
The vertical cables appear as a series of vertical lines flanking the walkway. Perhaps, this is better shown on the lower picture. Indeed, both pictures show vertical Lines which are the subject of this photo challenge, although I must admit they are not as impressive as the picture I submitted in my earlier foto challenge.
Back to Lines. . . . . . . what are they doing here? They are lines in action, transmitting the weight of the footbridge walkway taking the shortest straight paths back to the towers through the cables. What a clever solution expressed in an artistic form!
Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge this week is about Lines : http://www.ceephotography.com/2012/12/04/4320/#comments
My favourite picture on Lines was taken earlier this year while travelling in Switzerland. As someone who likes bridges of all kinds : suspension bridges, cable stayed bridges, simple beam slab bridges, arch bridges, suspended rope bridges, footbridges, medieval stone bridges to the very primitive form of simple stream crossing bridges.
This photo shows some vertical supporting members springing from the curved arch of a motorway bridge in Switzerland. The vertical supports with their strong vertical lines contrast sharply with the curve arch. The strong vertical lines also match nicely with the finer vertical lines from the guard rail and the vertical lines on the bridge parapets.
On a bright day, the bridge stands gracefully against a green background of trees, some high snow capped mountains further back and a blue sky dotted with clouds. Altogether, this gives the bridge a pleasing three-dimensional feel.
Green is my favourite color; it is most soothing to the eyes.
Urbanization and desertification are threats to the survival of green areas, although reforestation and green measures help to combat them. Still, there are considerable green areas all over the world – mainly in the form of hills, forests, country parks and gardens. The best green views are those associated with lakes, rivers, waterfalls and ponds.
People say there are 52 shades of green; whether you can see them depend on the location, season, latitude of the place. In the tropics and sub-tropics where there are lots of sunshine and many of the vegetation remain green throughout the year, the darker shade of green prevails. Further away from the equator, in the higher latitudes and especially in Spring, you can see a gradation of green, ranging from the light and yellowish green to the much darker shades.
I like looking at the green color in my travels; they always give me a sense of peace and tranquility. Below is a collection of green views from various locations around the world, which convey different atmosphere, that I hope you would enjoy:
This green view from the country side of Hong Kong, not far from where I live, remains my favourite, as I can always gaze out of my window to have a good look at them, whenever I want to sooth my eyes. What a wonderful world (of green colors)! . . . . . . . . .