Beautiful Boundaries

A boundary is a line of demarcation and, as such, generally a practicality.  Quite often, however, the practical also has an aesthetic side, taking the sting out of what is essentially a “Do Not Enter” sign.

From the humble picket fence to the grandeur of gilt, all are beautiful boundaries. Please click on each image to see full size (so much better!).

A charming picket fence at Mystic Seaport.

A charming picket fence at Mystic Seaport.

Cemetery plot - Sleepy Hollow, NY

Cemetery plot – Sleepy Hollow, NY

Beautiful garden gate at Agecroft Hall, Richmond, VA

Beautiful garden gate at Agecroft Hall, Richmond, VA

Rose rambling along a picket fence in Wiscasset, ME

Rose rambling along a picket fence in Wiscasset, ME

Mysterious courtyard on the island of Torcello in the Venetian Lagoon

Mysterious courtyard on the island of Torcello in the Venetian Lagoon

Grand boundary surrounding a recumbent maiden - Kykuit estate, Tarrytown, NY

Grand boundary surrounding a recumbent maiden – Kykuit estate, Tarrytown, NY

And finally, the most opulent boundary I have ever seen:

The grandest of all - theentrance to the Palace of Versailles

The grandest of all – the entry gate at the Palace of Versailles


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Grid: Two Ways

grid |grid

noun

a framework of spaced bars that are parallel to or cross each other; a grating

a network of lines that cross each other to form a series of squares or rectangles


This week’s Photo Challenge is right up my alley, loving the play of line as I do. The first thing that popped into my head: Versailles, a masterwork of converging and crossing lines if ever there was one.

I have two versions of each of these images – one in black& white, the other color.  I thought it would be interesting to share both.  Same image, two distinct moods.

Please do me a favor and click on each image to see it full size. It’s ever so much better.

Which do you prefer?


Thanks for stopping by!


You can visit here to see the other entries for this week’s challenge.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Connected

connect |kəˈnekt

verb [ with obj. ] 

bring together or into contact so that a real or notional link is established


Literally connected:

Locks of love - Paris

Locks of love – Paris

Old and new virtually connected by my lens:

St Stephen's Cathedral and a newish neighbor - Vienna

St Stephen’s Cathedral and a newish neighbor – Vienna

Darkness and light connected here:

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The Spanish Riding School – Vienna

Connected by body language:

Jardin du Luxumbourg - Paris

Jardin du Luxumbourg – Paris

Connected by whimsy:

Cat and mouse - Passau, Germany

Cat and mouse – Passau, Germany


It is always interesting to see others’ take on the subject of the week.  Click here to find out why.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Half and Half in Salzburg

Half and half.Salzburg WindowsThis glorious building in Salzburg reminds me of an Advent calendar: behind each window a story waits to be revealed.

I thought it both curious and a bit compelling how the two storeys mirror each other exactly yet one throws its arms wide open to the light and the world while the other harbors its secrets behind drawn curtains.


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Weekly Photo Challenge: Symmetry

Arc de Triomphe 2014Symmetry in black & white.

The French are masters of it.  Their uses of symmetry seem almost poetic.  At least to me.

Arc de Triomphe, Paris 2014 Dans L'Arc IIThe Arc de Triomphe is merely one example among many.  Strength and beauty in equal proportion.
Symmetry

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Endurance

With the challenge this week to illustrate “endurance,”  I thought of the incredible spirit of the folks I saw in Europe this past spring as I traveled the Danube River.  If you remember, in June of 2013, there was horrific flooding in Europe and the Danube rushed past its banks to create widespread destruction.

Passau, Germany was a prime example.  Everywhere we looked, we could see marks on many of the structures showing just how high the water levels reached.  We were astonished at how quickly (less than a year later), things were  brought back to normal, or near normal, conditions.

Flood marks in Passau, Germany

Flood marks in Passau, Germany

This image shows historic flood marks.  As you can see, 2013 was the second highest flood EVER.  For perspective, compare Beverly’s height.  Really gives you pause for thought.

2013 Flood Marks in Passau, GermanyAnother stunning example of just how high the waters rose.  The dirty marks on the tower show you exactly; now compare the diminutive size of the people next to it.

2013 Flood in Passau, Germany

These people posted a photograph in their window to show you this building and street under water during the flood.  This place was up a hill, a good distance from the river. Pretty sobering.  But also pretty amazing how quickly this has been restored.

Garden in Passau, Germany

This beautiful garden was not exempt from the flood waters either.  As we walked by, the lady who lives here was outside tending it and I stopped to compliment her on its beauty.  She told me that it and her ground floor were underwater.  When I professed my dismay, she quickly showed an incredibly stoic side to her personality.  Her feeling was that it was a fact of life, and you just deal with it, pick up the pieces, and go on.

In other words, endure.

For others’ thoughts on the meaning of “endurance”, please go here.

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