“Catenary*” is a word I learned in architecture school and haven’t used since. Obviously that degree was well worth the my time and my parents’ money!

But it was still in my head, all these years later**, and when I looked at the arc of those curtains and the arcs of the power line shadows, it popped up.

Berryville, Arkansas
photographed 10.6.2018

*Catenary = a curve formed by a wire, rope, or chain hanging freely from two points and forming a U shape.

**Here are some things from architecture school that didn’t stick around in my head: anything involving calculus or structural design, most of architectural history, the difference between a muntin and a mullion, and whatever the hell hegemony is.




Posted on June 30, 2019, in Photography and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 14 Comments.

  1. The catenary and the meter box plus the two electrical boxes really give the place wonderful ambiance. Would have been nice to have a cat on the catenary.


    • I know!! Maybe I ought to Photoshop one in?

      That reminds me that we’ve got a cat hanging around our yard; he’s completely gray, the color of Zone VII on the gray-scale chart. Naturally, I call him Zone VII all the time. Both the cat and the Patient Spouse look at me like I’m crazy. I can’t say they’re wrong….


  2. Ha, ha..indeed. Nice shot too!


  3. I remember only one random thing from university Biology. At least yours comes in handy – I am pretty sure mine never will (except to amaze and astound friends after a few drinks…)


  4. If that was all you learned and you translated it into those beautiful curved leading lines, I’d say your parents’ money was well spent.


  5. I used hegemony in a post just the other day. First time ever.


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