Perspective Lines

This week, I noticed a very specific line in Saskatchewan’s joyous landscape: Perspective Lines! Horizontal lines, vertical lines, and diagonal lines all fall in this category. Almost every weekend, I’ve driven home to see my family. The road there is, for the most part, very boring. However, the flat landscape is practically one huge example of one-point perspective lines.

I’ve taken a picture of the road just prior to the Qu’Apelle Valley, and then added perspective lines to showcase the perfect examples. The lines on the road are some of these examples.

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Lines in Animals (In other words, Cat Appreciation Post)

Though my first post featured my own dog, there are other lines within animals that I feel deserve a mention. Last September, my family decided to get two cats (Followed by the inevitable gaining of a third.) One of them passed recently, and my little brother had to choose a new cat. My mother and I often marvel at these furry little creatures, as they are so beautiful and interesting. Each of them have different kinds of markings that I find to be quite aesthetically pleasing. There are many animals with interesting patterns on their fur, scales, ect…But for this post, I will use my family’s three kitties for another case study.

First and foremost, Odie (originally Maggie) has some very distinct stripe patterns all over. His tail has exactly thirteen stripes – or so I’ve been told by my mother. It looks like a raccoon tail; the bands are very dark, while the rest of him is pale.

Then, there (was) Patches. Due to complications while she was getting spayed, she passed away. She had very interesting facial markings, however, and little white feet.

Eventually, my brother adopted another cat from the Regina SPCA. He kept her name as Mustachio, though our family generally calls her Moo-moo. Her face has a unique U shape of white around her nose, which gives her a permanent grin. She gets along with Odie and Abbey (not shown because she is pure black and too fast for simple phone cameras.) perfectly fine. Each of our cats have unique markings made by lines. How cute!

Triangle Lines in Everyday Buildings

Lines often delineate shapes, like squares, rectangles, and aforementioned circles. Another shape that I find interesting is the triangle, and I was surprised when I noticed the first few triangles around the University of Regina campus. The first triangle startled me, because it seemed to be completely out of place.

Triangles can be seen as made up of either one continuous bent line, or else three connecting lines. I find the endlessness of line to be fascinating.

Temporal Lines

Often times, people are too busy to look around and appreciate things. Just as in my last EAES201 post about gridlines, I’ve begun to notice lines in places that I’m usually very familiar with. This week, I noticed interesting lines made by snow. It looked like wrinkles, or fold in a blanket.

Even the snow is tired of snow!

Even the snow is tired of snow!

As soon as that vehicle moves, or as soon as it starts to warm up, this interesting line will be gone.

As I live in the “Land of the Living Skies”, the blue expanse above often create beautiful images that we don’t typically notice. However, since I live in the 5th floor of my apartment building, I have a fairly good view of the sky. I noticed these faint weblike lines, and marveled at how they would disappear within the hour-only to be replaced by new ones.

Here, the clouds are very wisp-like. I think they are very pretty, however.

Here, the clouds are very wisp-like. I think they are very pretty, however.

This isn't as much of a line, but it is comparable to stippling. "Land of the Living Skies", indeed!

This isn’t as much of a line, but it is comparable to stippling. “Land of the Living Skies”, indeed!

Gridlines

I noticed that there is a recurring geometric theme within houses and buildings of all shape and size: Grids! Not only do cities from above look like grids, but within the cities are houses, and within the houses are various textures, patterns, and elements. One of the most overlooked, however, is possibly the floor itself. Many homes have tiled floors; some tiled floors can be very interesting to look at. How much are the floor patterns overlooked?

Just in my travels through the University, I’ve noticed several different patterns that were obviously backed with a lot of careful thought. How long did it take to place these patterns, I wonder?

There is even an arc about these tiles; who planned this subtle direction changed?

There is even an arc about these tiles; who planned this subtle direction changed?

I personally love the square patterns, and how they match up perfectly. The large square gives it a focal point, too!

I personally love the square patterns, and how they match up perfectly. The large square gives it a focal point, too!

I noticed the same pattern occuring in the roof of the residence building. I suppose the ceiling is just as looked past as the floor, though the ceiling provides not only light, but shelter!

Even the lights are in a grid, and make a lovely pattern.

Even the lights are in a grid, and make a lovely pattern.

Written Language: One Big Line?

Today, when preparing notes for a class I was about to attend, I noticed something that I felt I should have noticed earlier: Written Language is nothing but a bunch of lines! Every written language, no matter the origin, is made up entirely of lines. Lines are so important to our everyday lives that I feel we do not notice it any more. English printing and handwriting is taught to children brush stroke by brush stroke – as it is in pretty much every language. Some languages make this more apparent than others, like Japanese or Arabic calligraphy. However, I think it’s important that we recognize the importance of lines in our daily lives – for if we did not have line, we would not have written language.

Closed, Circular Lines

Since I’ve been spending a lot of time in my residence room, I’ve noticed many odd shapes. Mainly, my room has many horizontal and vertical lines; many things are square. However, looking closer, I noticed that there are quite a few closed, circular lines. I find these shapes fascinating in my super-structured room; not only is it one solid line, but it also delineates a shape. Sometimes, that shape is flat and sometimes it is three dimensional. In all cases, I love the irregularity that is the Circular Line in my room. Here’s food for thought: Are circles one line? If so, where does it end?

This is an image of my ceiling light. It kind of resembles a moon, in a way.

This is an image of my ceiling light. It kind of resembles a moon, in a way.

This is a picture of my clock. The numbers and hands contrast with the circles that make the clock. Its endless ticking is like its endless line.

This is a picture of my clock. The numbers and hands contrast with the circles that make the clock. Its endless ticking is like its endless line.

This is a picture of perhaps the most useful thing ever - the Colour Wheel. There are three circles on this precious thing; its no surprise that the "Wheel" would turn up in a post about closed circles.

This is a picture of perhaps the most useful thing ever – the Colour Wheel. There are three circles on this precious thing; its no surprise that the “Wheel” would turn up in a post about closed circles.

This was a gift for me. It is called a "creativity orb". Quite suiting; note the transparency of this round shape.

This was a gift for me. It is called a “creativity orb”. Quite suiting; note the transparency of this round shape.