Travel theme: Curves

The shortest distance between two points may be a straight line – or a line segment if you’re a mathematician – but curves are often more interesting. We did a recent travel theme on Leading Lines, and I’ve been staring at the leading lines of Interstate Highways for the last three weeks on my road trip across America, so here are a few curves to shake things up.

Croton Dam in New York state was an unexpected surprise which I happened upon last June. I had only seen it from the base of the structure, but when I paid a second visit to it just before leaving New York, I walked along the bridge at the top of the dam. The reservoir was smooth as glass and filled to the brim with water, which was tipping over the spillway and tumbling down the stone tiers in a blaze of white.

curves croton dam reservoir new york

During a visit to Washington DC I visited the US Botanic Gardens. Tucked away in the corner of the conservatory lay a little terrarium, bursting with greenery and reflecting the towering conservatory windows.

curves botanic gardens washington dc

Driving through the Badlands, surrounded by huge outcrops of shaggy, ragged, tattered rocks, I spied a solitary hill along the highway, flaunting its perfect curves.

curves badlands north dakota

Are you ready to show off your curves? If you would like to join in this week’s travel theme, create your own post titled Travel Theme: Curves and put a link to this page in your post so others can find it. Check back in next Friday for a new weekly travel theme.

Throw me a curve ball!

xxx Ailsa

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About ailsapm

Hi there! I’m Ailsa Prideaux-Mooney. I’ve lived in many places, and travelled to many more. I had a lot of fun getting there and being there, wherever there happened to be at the time. I climbed a castle wall in Czesky Krumlov, abseiled down cliffs to go caving in the west of Ireland, slept on the beach in Paros, got chased by a swarm of bees in Vourvourou (ok that wasn’t fun, but it was exciting), learned flower arranging in Tokyo, found myself in the middle of a riot in Seoul, learned to snowboard in Salzburg, got lost in a labyrinth in Budapest and had my ice cream stolen by a gull in Cornwall. And I’m just getting started. If you’ve enjoyed what you’ve read so far, I’d love you to follow my travelogue - wheresmybackpack.com - and remember, anyone who tries to tell you it’s a small world hasn’t tried to see it all.
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228 Responses to Travel theme: Curves

  1. Madhu says:

    Another superb theme with images to match Ailsa! That terrarium is gorgeous, and that shot of the overflowing waters is outstanding! I am off again to Bangalore today, shall see if I can find time. If I don’t, my Moray post should qualify 🙂

  2. adinparadise says:

    Brilliant curvy shots, Ailsa. Love that terrarium pic. Thanks for setting me thinking again with the new theme. Have a great weekend.

  3. Madoqua says:

    Loved the photos Ailsa, particularly the one of the dam wall – amazing!
    In response to your challenge, I have posted an article on the curved ‘potholes’ made by the water in the Blyde River Canyon of South Africa:
    http://madoqua.wordpress.com/2012/08/31/curves-of-sandstone/

    • ailsapm says:

      Spectacular, Madoqua, those Giant’s Cauldrons are a stunning example of the power of nature and your writing is wonderful. Thank you so much for sharing this fascinating part of South Africa with us; it must be something special to see in person. xxx Ailsa

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  5. Marianne says:

    Another great theme, Ailsa. I´ll dig deep and see what I can contribute.

    Lovely photos.

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  7. trishworth says:

    Cool challenge, Ailsa. Your photo of the dam is the best!

  8. Another awesome theme this week Ailsa, thank you! I’ll be checking out my archives this afternoon for some shots. Happy Friday.

  9. mostlymonochrome says:

    http://mostlymonochrome.wordpress.com/2012/03/25/spring/

    This is a long exposure of a spring making a curve.

  10. Max510 says:

    Hi everyone
    These are my shots for this theme !
    http://wp.me/pjXOq-12a

    Max

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  13. cinova says:

    Hey Ailsa, another great theme…looking forward to seeing the range of interpretations from your followers. I could not keep away from curvaceous coastlines for my contribution (no surprises there), taken in four different locations. http://cinova.wordpress.com/2012/08/31/travel-theme-curves/

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    • ailsapm says:

      Wow, those arches of water from fire boat three forty three are incredible, Vlad. The one with the rainbow is breathtaking. I’ve never seen a fire boat in action – were they doing a training exercise? xxx

      • No, they come out on any festive occasion—they don’t need much of an excuse. That particular time, I seem to remember, there was some race downtown (I took these photos just off Battery Park City) in which firefighters were participating. Another time we saw the Three Forty Three (and other fireboats) under the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge at the start of the New York Marathon. That time they were spraying colored water—green, yellow, blue…

        • ailsapm says:

          Ooh, so sad I never saw them in action, Vlad. You get to see some wonderful things out on the water, it’s a whole different way of viewing New York, I love it! xxx

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  16. Hi Ailsa! Nice curves, I’ll be coming up with mine soon. Thanks.

  17. LubbyGirl says:

    ooohh…I like this theme! And I particularly like the shot of the hill, and the terrarium too. I missed the last weekly theme, and what a bummer, because once again we were on the road with all those leading lines, leading us right into Canada and home again. Maybe I could share one of the posts about that trip for the leading lines theme. I’m looking right now for some shots that show this theme.

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  19. viveka says:

    Croton Dam – is such powerful photo … and my personal pick – then I love the greenery it’s so delicate and soft. The last photo I see as a shape of a woman’s breast … a perfect one, in my eye. I love the colors in that photo – the rusty and that deep green. All wonderful photos.

    • ailsapm says:

      I thought the same about the last photo too, Viveka, and I loved the mix of green and rust against the blue sky. 🙂 So glad you enjoyed them. xxx

      • viveka says:

        Yes, I really enjoyed your photos – they were so different and with so different in softness …. For softness is really what curves are about.

  20. Throwing us a curve, hmmm? Great shots – reminds us that nature never has straight lines.

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  23. gingerbreadcafe says:

    Great challenge, I like the huge dam and the colour of that hill is fab. Here is my contribution.
    http://thegingerbreadcafe.wordpress.com/2012/08/31/travel-theme-curves/

    • ailsapm says:

      Thanks Trudi, I love your post – especially the Eden Project shot. I’m fascinated by it – never had the chance to visit when I was last in England. Did you enjoy it? From the outside it looks like bubble wrap! xxx Ailsa

      • gingerbreadcafe says:

        It is worth visiting, the Domes are huge, in the tropical dome there is a massive waterfall!

  24. cocoaupnorth says:

    Awesome curves:-)

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  27. Hi everybody! Hey Ailsa … trying to throw a curve ball, are ya? hehe … get it?
    Anywho, here’s my take: http://stephenkellycreative.wordpress.com/2012/08/31/ailsas-travel-theme-curves/

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  31. I think I may ahve several entries this week…curves are everywhere. Love the Croton Dam shot.
    http://quotidianhudsonriver.com/2012/08/31/travel-theme-curves-8-28-12-morningside-heights/

    • ailsapm says:

      Delicious curves, Robert – I adore that one underneath the elevated tracks. Oh, and going a couple of blocks north and east in Manhattan totally counts as travel. 🙂

  32. Imelda says:

    This is another lovely theme, Ailsa, with lovely photographs to show off the theme too. 🙂

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  34. Shaanthz says:

    Love Ailsa’s theme and the beautiful pictures posted for the challenge.
    http://shaanthz.wordpress.com/2012/09/01/travel-theme-curves/

  35. Ailsa, your photos are exquisite, as always! Congratulations on the great theme for this week’s travel… Here is my contribution: feeling the curves of land, from way up in the air…
    http://wp.me/p1oMvI-3qA

    • ailsapm says:

      Thanks for the compliment, 3rd Culture Children, and I love your post too, the curve of that inlet over to the right and the sliver of beach is just gorgeous. xxx Ailsa

  36. BEAUTIFUL picture of that hill….the dam I’m not fond of–not because it’s not a lovely picture, but because of how horrible dams are for the environment, for fish, and for people overall. I’ll have to see if I can’t come up with something for this travel theme…I’m thinking of curves in the bark of redwoods and in mushroom caps, for starters…. =)

    –Love and Liberation–

    Jan @ TheRewildWest

  37. travtrails says:

    A curv-a-ceous theme

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  39. tms says:

    Ailsa, I was immediately attracted by the curve of the dam … so here’s my contribution. Within my portfolio, the first of the two pictures represents one of my favourite curves at the moment. I hope You like it too: http://empireoflights.com/2012/09/01/le-citta-e-il-gioco-3/

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