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

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 - - 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

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  2. thirdeyemom says:

    Fabulous as always Ailsa and very inspiring! Here is mine for the week..

  3. cocoaupnorth says:

    Hei Ailsa, thank you for these lovely and inspiring themes. Love reading your post, and here is my contribution.

    • ailsapm says:

      Cocoa, these are fantastic, the Sterkfontein Caves and the Cradle of Human Kind have captured my imagination, I’m adding them to my bucket list now. Thanks so much for sharing these wonderful curves with us! xxx Ailsa

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  5. Hey there AIlsa,
    Here’s a link to one of the curviest buildings I’ve ever seen: the Landtag of North Rhine-Westphalia in Dusseldorf, Germany:

    • ailsapm says:

      You’re not kidding, Ruth, the Landtag is quite possibly the curviest building ever, and you’ve captured a fantastic shot of it. xxx Ailsa

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  7. fotograffer says:

    Hi Ailsa, another great theme this week. My endeavor is an abstract I call “Liquid Bamboo.”

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  11. Wonderful photos, Ailsa – I especially like the dam. I went Victorian for this one –

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    • ailsapm says:

      Oh Le Drake Noir, this made me laugh, I have this picture in my head of you tumbling into the Rotterdam harbour. Beware of curves indeed! 🙂

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  15. DagEnDauw says:

    Hi Ailsa,
    Again a great challenge.
    Your picture of the dam is my favorite, but you’re second one inspired me the most for my own contribution. As the curves in nature are limitless.

    This one again I posted some time ago… hope you ‘ll like it.

    Regard this flower as a gift to thank you for the opportunity you give all of us to meet here every week. Thanks!

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    • ailsapm says:

      Jennifer, these are all so lovely, I can’t decide which one I like the best. The gnarly curved trees are just divine, and the seashells too. And the quotes are fantastic. “Earth laughs in flowers”, how wonderful. xxx Ailsa

  17. DagEnDauw says:

    Can’t help it, I simply had to post a second one 😉

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  19. That is a beautiful coast line image. Here is my reflections on curves: Hope you like them. 🙂

    • ailsapm says:

      What a great set of photos, c & c, some wonderful reflections and delicious curves. That shot of the Main Street Bridge is glorious! xxx Ailsa

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    • ailsapm says:

      Ooh Sue, how perfect, what happy timing that you had just visited the Gateway Arch. Fabulous shots, and that little pod is a little freaky, it would have thrown me a curve too! 🙂

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  22. Tahira says:

    Your photos are AMAZING, Ailsa! Great challenge! Here is my submission:

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  25. tobyo says:

    I love all three of your images! Here’s my entry this week:

    • Your dam photo is amazing… my grandson was sitting beside me as I was reading your post, and he voted for the terrarium! Another fun challenge – hanks!

      • ailsapm says:

        Ooh TRS, I’ve never been to Stanford but wow, after viewing your photos I feel like I had a private tour of the wonderful arches. The architecture is so beautiful, I could look at these photos for hours.

        I was very happy with how the dam photo turned out, but let your grandson know the terrarium photo is my secret favourite too! 😉

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  27. Here’s my contribution. I decided to have a little fun (and a lot pun) with the concept of CURVES.

    –Love and Liberation–

    Jan @ TheRewildWest

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  29. Love your photo’s especially the dam. Here’s my contribution – many curves in Ottoman mosque in Turkey

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  31. laura@eljaygee says:

    your trio of curves are ingenious and beautiful. I do not do much travelling but found this curve

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  33. Marianne says:

    As promised, here´s my entry for this week´s Travel theme.

    Proud to be one of your Curvy Girls, Ailsa! 😉

    • ailsapm says:

      Wow wow wow, Marianne, every time I see a photo of Casa Batlló my heart skips a beat, it’s such a feast for the eyes. Your photo of it is spectacular, and very worthy of a Curvy Girl. Wonderful entry!

  34. Nice photos. I saw this over at
    and decided to join in. I’ll post something later on 🙂

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    • ailsapm says:

      I love that you did a second post on this theme, Robert – just getting caught up now after ages on the road with intermittent internet connection. Those trees are brilliant, and the tunnel shot is wonderful, the curve of the road and the curve of the tunnel roof give a double whammy! Good one!

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