Vertically Challenged

It’s time for Jude’s 2020 Photo Challenge again, and this week, she’s asking us to focus on the vertical.  It’s not surprising that I’m heading for cityscapes on the whole: though not entirely.  I wanted to have something for #15 Squaretops too – so look out for a topsy-turvy image at the bottom of the post.

Here are two riverside skyscrapers: quite similar.  But I like the way that in one – in Seville, on the Guadalquivir – the upward sweeping lines are emphasised by its reflection rippling on the waters beneath: and in the other – in London, on the Thames – it’s the contrast with the blocky cranes that does the job.

Then I chose a couple from Cádiz.  Palm trees.  In one the tall palms lead your eyes to the – rather small – moon, and in the other, two wayward palms making an impromptu arch contrast with the properly upright trees they’re next to.

Back in London, Greenwich actually, the standing figures echo the massed skyscrapers of modern 21st century London.

And I liked this shot from Warsaw. The vertical lines aren’t all that pronounced, but still lead you up to those precariously perched window cleaners.

Finally, an image (square of course) taken on the Leeds-Liverpool Canal near Gargrave.  Have you noticed it’s upside down? Topsy turvy? That’s the water up above, and the trees and sky down below.

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.

34 thoughts on “Vertically Challenged”

  1. Fabulous lines, and your tospsy turvey is so innovative. I love it . . . . not sure I would have realised you had done that although the grass at the top would have confused me!

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  2. An attractive collection and one if you ever needed evidence that human’s produce an abundance of straight lines, but Mother Nature does not although those elegant palm trees are giving it a go.

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  3. I loved the palm trees on the blue background. The ones you described as forming an arch looked to me as if they were whispering to each other.

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  4. A fabulous selection of verticals. I love the palm trees with the two at angles in the middle and I love the skyline from Greenwich. The window cleaners image is what I was thinking of in the ‘using pattern as a background’. Perfect.

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  5. Wonderful, but I do wish you’d stop tempting me with images of Cadiz, Margaret 🙂 🙂 That London building looks like a giant flask! I prefer the Seville image. Good chat with Sue?

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    1. Ooh, word gets round! Yes, jolly nice thanks, it was fun, and we set each other a ‘to do’ list. Cádiz? Just go there – you talk about it often enough! Oh … wait


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