The busy Bosporus strait separating Europe and Asia is becoming quiet as daylight is coming to a close.
It foreshadows that day is turning into night . . . . . . and when morning comes again, it will be a new day.
This week’s Challenge is “Curves“.
While many of human’s construction are based on straight lines, curves do seem more appealing to the eyes.
The most common type of curve is the circle or in a three-dimensional world, the sphere.
Both the interior and exterior of the Sophia Mosque in Turkey exhibit a lot of circular curves. It is amazing to see that the circular domes at several levels harmoniously merged together to form a graceful structure with a column free space underneath.
Nature creates a lot of curves too. The picture below is the Obruk Han Golu, doline (sinkhole) below the caravansary near Cappadocia. We were standing at a higher level looking down to the big hole when the sun was setting. Two men were taking pictures near to the edge of the hole. They may have disturbed some birds taking refuge at the rocks; the birds flew out in flocks (see the tiny white dots over the water). The sight was just surreal.
The weir was rebuilt in 1970s in its current ‘V’ shape with an associated flood control gate on the east side of the river. The Pulteney weir was featured in the recently released film of Les Misérables.
The weir has carefully combined engineering and art to form an icon for the town.
While we have plenty of straight lines, we need a lot more curves in our built environment. . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Not knowing exactly what are patterns, I looked up for the meaning in Wikipedia:
A pattern, apart from the term’s use to mean “Template“, is a discernible regularity in the world or in a manmade design. As such, the elements of a pattern repeat in a predictable manner.
As someone who likes taking photos of landscape, seascape and architecture, I don’t have a lot of photos showing how nature at work which shapes many of the living and non-living matters into patterns of different scales.
I suppose as humans, we like breaking down things into manageable elements and assembling them to become bigger pieces. Like nature, we like them to look pretty and pleasing.
Here are a few examples of man-made patterns.
The photo shows the roof of a temple at YungGang, China. The glazed tiles which are already having their own patterns, are supported by two layers of rafters, the lower layer of circular beams and an upper layer of rectangular beams. On a bigger spacing, the columns heads are interesting decorated with what I believe Dragon Heads!
The picture below taken at Sofia Mosque, Istanbul shows the pattern to a gateway. The repetitive pattern of the ironwork and the gold colors on them are just amazing, not to say anything about the patterns above and around them.
The façade of the palace building at Dolmabache contains many repetitive and symmetrical patterns at different scales.
Can’t help being fascinated by patterns – both man- made and natural!
The search for images of benches has led me back to the photos of Turkey, in particular, those taken in the quiet gardens of the Dolmabache Palace by the Bosphorus Strait of Istanbul.
As no photos were allowed to be taken within the palace so once outside the palace building and out into the garden, we took whatever photos we found interesting including a gate to the palace garden.
The top part of the arch gate was highly ornamental, the details really got me interested.
The visit to the garden was just unforgettable!
Over at Where’s my Backpack, the weekly travel theme is benches.
I like photographing empty benches. Benches are so inviting, especially when you are physically or mentally tired. This picture taken in the gardens of Dolmabache Palace in Istanbul is my favorite photo.
We started our day visiting the Dolmabache Palace on the bank of the Bosphorus strait. While we certainly admired the architecture and other things we saw in the palace; we were particularly impressed by the serenity of the gardens outside the palace. What a joy it was, sitting on the benches in the garden, looking through the tall white ornamental fence by the Bosphorus strait; watching ships passing by under a beautiful sky!
Thai Saturday is Purple!
In our sub conscience, Purple is usually linked to royalty and spirituality. In Thailand, it is also a color worn by widows in memory of their husbands.
I like purple flowers but I also like sceneries which has a purple tint.
While cruising the Bosporus in Istanbul, the setting sun created a purple hue in the sky and also in the water. The hue together with the reflection in the water was just breath-taking. The cruise was an odyssey of colors. When the cruise started up the Bosporus, there was sunshine. Then followed by heavy rain. When the rain cleared up, there was an incomplete rainbow, followed by an unforgettable pink sunset.
In a way, the cruise was somewhat liked our journey through life; we have been through good times, seen bad times, encountered many interesting things, even rainbows and when you have travelled far and long, you are almost near to the shore but the magnificent sun was setting!
Travel theme: Circles is this week’s theme in ”Where’s my backpack?”
A circle is a reflection of eternity. It has no beginning and it has no end.
Circles are a two-dimensional concept. Many of the things we see, however, are three-dimensional – a dome, a sphere, a ball etc but intelligent people like Einstein can even visualize the fourth dimension. Einstein once said the following to help people visualize the fourth dimension - Take a point, stretch it into a line, curl it into a circle, twist it into a sphere, and punch through the space .. .
I was fascinated by the many circles inside the Blue Mosque, Turkey. Entering the Blue Mosque in Istanbul I was surrounded by an array of circles. Built in the 17th century, it has one of the world’s largest dome of 27.5 meters diameter, in addition to four smaller domes and 30 even smaller domes.
The huge dome hover above me, with suspended chandeliers that follow their shape only a few meters from the ground. The endless lamps, hanging on their endless chains and hovering in great circles above my head, are miracles in their own right.
After seeing all these domes, arches, circle of lights in the Blue Mosque, I must admit I still do not have the faintest idea of what Einstein meant by the fourth dimension. I only knew that I have stepped back in time. . . . . I have been thrown into a space where circles and light predominate and was awed by them.
There are many cisterns in Istanbul but this is the biggest ever found. Yerebatan Sarayi, or Sunken Palace, the cathedral-sized Cistern runs beneath the entire street and some buildings. This is an underground chamber of 138 x 64.6 metres. The large space is formed by supporting a ceiling vault and arch system by a forest of 336 marble columns. The ceiling vaults, known as Manastır Tonozu (cloister vault), are built without using a mould. From whatever angle you view, the perspective view of the columns and ceiling arches give you a very strong geometrical feel . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . .