Nature reveals many lines of symmetry; we see things around us which are symmetrical than asymmetrical.
To many architects and engineers, symmetry is the natural way to express in their designs.
Here is a cable-stayed bridge in Switzerland.
The two pairs of towers for anchoring the cables and also the cables themselves are symmetrical in their arrangement.
Please enjoy :-)
Here is my last and belated entry on Shadowed.
Strolling around the city of Geneva, my eyes were caught by this sculpture in the shade.
Not only the sculpture was shadowed, the masonry wall next to it appears undulating due to the shadow.
I like bridges, those who have been following my blog might have read my several posts on Bridges.
Here is a photo taken in Switzerland.
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.
I have posts here showing the arches at Blue Mosque in Turkey, recently, I also showed some beautiful arches at the Cathedral in Cordoba, Spain – they are very Moorish but look strikingly beautiful.
The arches shown here are from a building in Geneve, Switzerland.
Accidentally, I wandered into this building and was fascinated by the arches supporting the roof. The arches do not just span orthogonally but also diagonally, presenting a very interesting pattern.
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.
We were there in the early Spring of 2012.
We went hiking the hills. The grass is so green but many of the trees were still bare.
Some commented that the green view of grass in Geneva is a bit boring, so I have never posted these images.
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.
I like converting some of my colored pictures to B&W to see if they convey a different mood. Whether I like them depends on the mood they give me.
The picture was taken at Lake Geneva, I like the clouds in the B&W which dominate the picture.
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.
A couple of blogging friends asked where I have taken the motorway bridge photo showing strong vertical supports and arch in Switzerland for the first foto challenge.
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!