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From Bairro Alto to Kalk Bay

Day Twelve: Architecture and Monochrome

Ok, so I’ve been off the radar since last week and I may or may not catch up on the assignments.  Only time will tell. Perhaps I’ll bombard The Commons with six posts tomorrow.

For today’s assignment we have to consider the beauty and complexity of architecture, and explore the drama in black and white, or monochrome.

The first photo is of a beautiful Edwardian villa in Kalk Bay, a classic colonial style. It’s been a guesthouse since about 1917.

Inn at Castlehill guesthouse in Kalk Bay, Cape Town, South Africa
Inn at Castlehill guesthouse in Kalk Bay, Cape Town, South Africa

The shadows cast by the buildings along the narrow streets of the Bairro Alto in Lisbon at night lend them a monochromatic cast. Sounds are muffled creating invisible walls as one walks through the streets at night.

Bairro Alto (Lisbon, Portugal)
Bairro Alto (Lisbon, Portugal)

Part of WordPress’s Photo101 course.

Gnarled Ent

Ent-like, the gnarled branches of the tree in the photo belie its age. I have no doubt it’s been around for many many decades.

When I took this pic I was cognisant of the fact that all I had was an iPhone. There was a wall behind me preventing me from walking backwards enough to capture the immensity of the outstretched branches.


I tried to show how far the branches stretched in the pic below.