This week’s photo challenge is Frame.
There are many picturesque views you see through small windows while walking the Dubrovnik seawalls or through arches of medieval buildings.
These pictures were captured while walking the streets or sea walls of Dubrovnik.
It looks as if the old town and the sea was reviewed frame by frame.
This week’s DP photo challenge is Curve.
Those who have been following me know that I am a fan of bridges; I like them as they connect one place to another, overcoming obstacles like river, sea, rivers, gorges etc.
They improve connectivity which we all need.
In the early part of my career, I have been designing and project engineering some bridges which still stand today, after 40 years of their design and over three decades of their construction.
In early part of the human history, we have discovered that if we arrange the masonry or stones in the shape of arches, the resulting structure will be put into compression for which stones have a lot of compressive strength.
The stone or masonry of course will need to be cemented together so that there will be a smooth flow of compression in the arches. Human beings have been very clever in erecting curved spans over torrential waters etc..
Many of the bridges were built on this principle and quite a lot of them have lasted for hundreds of years.
Here I will first showcase some of the arch bridges built in the West, the first two examples were taken in Spain, namely, Seville and also Toledo.
The fourth one was taken in Central Park, NYC.
This is followed by a three span masonry bridge in the West Lake China, creating an attractive reflection in the West Lake waters.
I could go on and on, citing more examples – if I can get hold of my old pictures.
For the time being, please enjoy 🙂
I will be doing a series on streets and alleys of the Baltic countries.
I have been to all the Baltic capitals which includes visiting of some of the UNESCO Heritage sites like Vilnius, Riga, Tallinn etc.
I am not able to tell you exactly where those alleys and streets are; in my simple mind, they are my memorable parts of the Baltic.
I like the cobblestones, the quaint street, the colored walls on both sides of the alleys, the cafes along or encroached onto the roads, the crude masonry wall facing and last, but not the least, the friendly people.
They leave an undeletable part in my memory!
The Blue Mosque and other similar construction have made use of domes/ arches spanning in different directions creating a huge space below for the congregation of worshipers.
The Blue mosque thus show multiple circles on the roof which are really awesome.
I have also uploaded the original picture for comparison.
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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!