This week, share a photo with a composition dominated by lines — hard or soft, straight or curvy, vertical or horizontal, or made in nature or as part of a cityscape. As per the request of Cheri Lucas Rowlands of WordPress weekly photo challenge. Mon Cheri I have listened.
Last weekend a friend and I hiked a closed area of Table Mountain (with the necessary permit) known as Orange Kloof. This is a prime area of indigenous afromontane forest. But for my adventurous disposition the draw card was the potential access to 2 tunnels tunneled right through the 12 Apostles section of Table Mountain. The first completed in 1891 and the other in 1967. Unfortunately I have to reluctantly state that that is a story for a different day. The photos however were taken on this hike.
The first photo is a typical Constantia scene. A merger of urban and rural, city and and (up-scaled) vineyard farms. But it is also the most vivid I have seen the view towards Muizenberg mountain, which irregular shape contrasts the rest of the horizon being the straight parallel lines of land and sea. In chess that would be called an asymmetrical horizon.
In the foreground the vineyards forms a multitude of straight lines which distinctness varies due to the angle of the lens but all the cultivated land are vineyard blocks. Constantia is the area in which wine was originally produced in South Africa, but today it covers less than 1 percent of all vineyards used for wine cultivation in South Africa.
On the second photo the camera has zoomed in on my humble weekend abode (and then I woke up and my coffee was cold). I really tried to get more information about the architecture. But the waves brought me to among other things a coffee shoppe in Cape Town with the motto ” Death before Decaf” – must be a wonderful place. The waves? In my experience the term surfing the web has unfortunately been replaced with googling. I may be digressing (for the first time in my life). The cubic/rectangular characteristic of this magnificent house is repeated in the garden in front of it. I do know that it is not Cape Dutch architecture; maybe one of you can help me out with more information.
⇓This was a pump house to transfer water to Constantia via a pipeline in the beginning of the 1900s. Again a multitude of straight lines is seen due to the metal grid in the foreground and also the roof. While the grid’s lines are intentional the roof’s is coincidental as the lines are a by product of the strengthening process. Now I wonder if a crinkle cut chip can bear more weight than a straight cut chip. I must really do such a scientific experiment… It could win me a Nobel prize!
There is also a multitude other lines, door, floor, bricks, roof trusses and the various angles in the building. Who knows even Wally with his lined shirt may be hiding there. Looking close up at the grid, age and the elements have made the lines less straight than originally produced.
⇓The moss clad door and the scrabble-like grid is at the entrance to one of the tunnels. Just above this point the valley narrows to a meter wide and the water is forced through it. Some of the water is then relayed through the tunnel for me to drink it in my humble weekend abode…🏡
The continuous moisture forms a sub class of Afromontane forest(AMF) called Afro-Musci-Montane forest (AMMF). Don’t google that for confirmation; on 2nd thoughts do google that – it will bring you to my site. As you can see the AMMF is bordered by deep straight crevasses in order to keep unauthorized persons out. It is regularly patrolled by fierce looking soldier ants. You cannot be too careful in protecting these unique environments.
⇑I end off with the weekend abode of one of my friends. I stayed here weeks ago and wrote a post about it. This photo featured but I re-blog it here as it is a combination of all lines mentioned by Erica (hard or soft, straight or curvy, vertical or horizontal) . I do not think I could have been enjoy it more if I stayed in “my” weekend abode. For more photos of this amazing photogenic place please access the post and scroll down. While it is written in Afrikaans my photos, like love, is internationally understood.
And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
1 Corinthians 13:13