Sunday, June 22, 2008

Two Things Challenge: Parallel / Perpendicular

Parallel: Train tracks frame a beautiful, clear blue sky.

This week's 2 Things Challenge was Parallel / Perpendicular. Here are my interpretations. The first photo was taken as I was walking home from Takoma Park, Maryland. This is the divided bridge for Metro (our subway transit system) and CSX and MARC (a commerce carrier and the Maryland long-distance commuter rail, respectively.) I thought this was a good example of Parallel.

Perpendicular was a little harder than I expected. I thought about cheating and posting an archived picture of Cape Hatteras (NC) Lighthouse or Point Arena (CA) Lighthouse, but that didn't seem fair. Then I thought about posting another picture of the Georgia Avenue MPD Dispatch Tower, but I've posted several pictures of that already. Or the Washington Monument, but that seemed to easy and obvious. (And apparently overdone. I didn't realize I'd posted this many pictures of the WaMo.) Plus, I used that memorial for last week's challenge. So, I got off my lazy duff, took a walk, and here's the result: street lamps!

Perpendicular: Street lamp on the George Washington Memorial Parkway

I had several street lamps I photographed, but I liked this one best because it had perpendicular going on several times. Or am I stretching beyond belief?

Parallel columns on a perpendicular plain: Perfect!

Then I took this photo last Sunday, which I was going to include in my entry about the National Gallery of Art, but I already had enough pictures going on there. This is a fountain of Mercury, the Messenger God, on the main floor of the West Building of the NGA. I thought this captured both Parallel and Perpendicular perfectly!

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Photo copyright: D.C. Confidential, 6/08


Lucy said...

Why is the sky so blue and clear
Why is the robins song so dear
Why is the sus so warm and bright.....Oh sorry...somethings just bring out the old Primary songs in me.

The Artful Eye said...

Right on the money. Beautiful. This one was tough but there's alot of parallel and perpendicular out there. It really made me look.

D.C. Confidential said...

Lucy: I missed that one in Primary. But now you've got me singing "This Is My Song."

Why is my heart so light?
Why are the stars so bright?
Why is the sky so blue
Since the hour I met you?

Lalalala lalalala...

Andrea: Thank you! This one was a bit of a challenge for me, too! And I thought it would be a breeze. Ha.

Lara said...

your skills at solving these challneges always impressed me! wonderful!

D.C. Confidential said...

Lara: Thank you! They're kind of fun and random enough that they make me stretch a little.

Bev said...

Yay! Love the shot of the blue sky through the railway tracks. Great photos as always.

The pillars are just about as PP as you can get. Very impressive. You do have a lot of very, very impressive monuments where you live, but I suppose it is the capital of the free world lol

Dusty Lens said...

Perfect interpretations. May the parallel divided Metro bridges never meet. A challenging challenge. I too had a difficult time with this. But after viewing everyone's photos, it is astoinding how many examples there are. I just take them for granted.

D.C. Confidential said...

Bev: Thanks! I had a similar shot of the 14th Street Bridge, but I liked this one best. And I didn't realize it until just now, but the railings are perpendicular and parallel, too! Ha. How cool is that? As for leader of the free world, LOL is right!

Rob: Isn't it funny? We never notice all the parallel and perpendicular going on all over the place all the time! We could have taken pictures of trees or electricity poles or people standing upright or lying down... The possibilities are endless! (And didn't you crack up at Andrea's interpretation? Loved it!)

Jana said...

WOW! You really have a great eye! Very nice photos.

Maya said...

I like the street lamp shot. It covers parallel too!

Maya said...

OH, and did you notice that most things that fit the parallel or perpendicular motif are man made? Seems nature is more organic!

D.C. Confidential said...

Jana: Thanks! When you live in an urban setting, you gotta work with what you got. (Another reason why I need to move back to California. Love your blogs and all the beautiful photos.) And thanks for stopping by.

Maya: You make an excellent point. I kept looking for trees to represent perpendicular, but none of them were growing straight enough. (Although, if I lived in California, I would have photographed redwoods.) This challenge was, um, a challenge, but it sure was fun!