Curves

I normally disembark at a stop near the nature reserve I walk in, then do a short walk along the trackside to an entrance where I begin my exercise. There is another way in about a half mile or so down the line, but normally little attention is paid to it. One day I decided to go out that way and stopped to look at the tracks. It was a hazy day and the light reflecting from the top of the rails caught my eye.
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How often do we travel to somewhere or spend time in a town and miss the curves? There are a few big buildings which I could classify as curved architecture, but what about the normal type things which are curved?
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Curved entrances and through ways are common in the old city of Jerusalem. I've been through this one a number of times and just walked on, not paying attention to the small, almost useless portal. There's no real purpose for it really, just decorative. It doesn't even go all the way to the wall. But it's there.
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On some cities you will see windows which have curved tops or even doors with a panel above and a semi-circle of glass over it. Sometimes the glass is colored, like a stained glass window in a church building.
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Get out of town on a trail and things change. Mankind may make his mark, but in nature you will see things no man could ever make. In summer, I would never have noticed these. Leaves would be all over the branches of all the trees and this lot would be passed by without recognition. It was winter when hiking through this wood and the bent over branches stood out like sore thumbs. How on earth did they get like that? I think they were on a fallen tree (I don't even remember where it is, I take so many photo's when out).
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Then there is the combination of both man and the wild. When hiking trails, twisty paths are common, especially in England where going between two points in a straight line is culturally impossible. Here is the countryside where man has interrupted the growth by walking in strange patterns. Perhaps it began with some drunk out on a wander and he left an impression in the grass then someone else followed his spoor. There's no other reason I can think of for this section to have an extra curve in other than the thorny bush to the right and the poor guy realized what it was and staggered past, giving it a wide berth.

When I think about it, curves, squares and rectangles are just about everywhere.

. . . . . . .

...but what about zig-zags?
May 01, 2019


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