Holidays with Horizontal Lines

I’ve  been staying close to home for most of my recent posts.  But today, I’m going to travel – only virtually, so no harm done.

I’m going to take you on a ship, to the seaside, and on sunny days out in Yorkshire: not for a holiday (though why not?) but in quest of horizontal lines, as requested by Jude in her Photography Challenge.

Let’s start in Cádiz.  Was it really only three months ago that we were there, enjoying street life, as Spaniards always do, or joining them on the beaches for sunsets such as this one?  It feels like another, impossible world.

Here are two views from the North Sea: one of wind farms near Rotterdam: one of a wonderfully impressive evening sky.  In each case, the horizontal line of the sea at the horizon adds to the drama of the scene.

More bucolic is this shot taken on Sutton Bank in Yorkshire at harvest time.

And here we are just up the road in Masham.  I like this straight line of barbed wire with sheep’s wool snaggled along its length.

But let’s finish off with a Top Square, of a cormorant atop the end of the pier at Whitby.  I like the way the bird’s striking silhouette is complemented by the rigid geometric shape of the pier.

Horizontal lines. Useful devices to peg a scene on, and to keep your camera straight.

2020 Photo Challenge#14

#Square Tops 11


Author: margaret21

I'm retired and living in North Yorkshire, where I walk as often as I can, write, volunteer, and travel as often as I can.

37 thoughts on “Holidays with Horizontal Lines”

  1. I’d swap Sutton Bank for Cadiz, but I used to love to watch the gliders up there. 🙂 🙂 You’re distracting me, Margaret! I’m on my way to Becky’s place.

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      1. I confuse myself, sometimes, Margaret. Must be the delirium 🙂 🙂 I’ve never been to Cadiz. That was on the cards for a jaunt this year, and Michael’s probably perfectly happy to stay home. Most of the pain has transferred to the other shoulder so I can type faster this morning. Though not necessarily correctly. Now, if you’ll excuse me…:)

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  2. Morning, I have thoroughly enjoyed your adventures this morning. Don’t think I have ever travelled so quickly or so easily, and what an honour to be connected to Jude’s lines 😀

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  3. What a delightful trip you take us on. To me, the sheep fleece scene always makes me think of a washing line somewhere in the South where it’s hot…

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  4. Some cracking horizontals here Margaret, but I might quibble with that dramatic sky – dramatic it is, but according to my very strict ruler that horizon is not quite horizontal. The North Sea is definitely listing to the right and the water is draining away… 😯

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  5. As much as I love the seascapes the cormorant is the top shot. Working on multiple levels, obviously the dark brooding quality of the bird, then its implied movement lifting upwards breaking the static horizontal railings. And, finally the cropping of the photo with the framing repeated in the almost square of the railings. Brilliant.

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      1. Maybe a tiny bit of luck, but outweighed by so many choices made by you even if they were fleeting and some no doubt subliminal. Credit where credit is due. 😊


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