Cee’s Compose Yourself Photo Challenge #19 Geometry

When I saw that the title of Cee’s latest Compose Yourself challenge was Geometry I knew that it was definitely  going to be a challenge for me. I was very bad at geometry at school chiefly due to my inability to draw a straight line. I have no trouble with the math part of geometry. I can calculate the area of a room I want to paint for example but I’m not so good with angles. I can’t hang pictures straight to save my life.

I could easily see the shapes in the first few examples Cee gave us but some of the later ones like heads and hats I really would not even have thought of looking for. Do I find them unconsciously though? Well let’s see.

Here are four photos I’ve used in previous posts.

One of the two bedrooms.
One of the two bedrooms.

The first one, a bed in the apartment I visited during Open House Hobart is pretty easy. Lots of rectangles. The bed, the throw, the horizontal line of pillows, the windows and the railings outside. I can also see the square cushion and square picture right above it. Didn’t notice that when I took the picture or the almost triangular areas of carpet in the front left and right corners.

Let’s try another.

The Sapphire Dining Room during the day. It is sometimes used for other activities.
The Sapphire Dining Room during the day. It is sometimes used for other activities.

The main dining room on Explorer of the Seas taken outside of meal time. Rectangles again obviously, the tables, the columns, the curtains around the atrium and the rectangular shape of the section of the restaurant in the background of the photo. There are also circles the chandelier and the recess it is set into which I wanted to include in the picture but also the round backs of some of the chairs which I did not notice at the time and the round downlights.

How about this one?

#birdonawire, #nesting
#birdonawire, #nesting

That is very geometrical, two matching blue shapes. I was going to say triangles but they are really more some kind of quadrilateral. In fact, and I had to look this up, they are either trapeziums or trapezoids depending on whether you are from the USA or UK. Either way they have two parallel sides. Here is an explanation and don’t anyone ever ask me again please.

A trapezoid (called a trapezium in the UK) has a pair of opposite sides parallel.

It is called an Isosceles trapezoid if the sides that aren’t parallel are equal in length and both angles coming from a parallel side are equal, as shown.

And a trapezium (UK: trapezoid) is a quadrilateral with NO parallel sides:



In the US:

a pair of parallel sides

NO parallel sides

In the UK:

NO parallel sides

a pair of parallel side

OK what else can we find?

The Burrow
The Burrow

This is The Burrow, a lovely reading nook at the Botanical Gardens and I admit that I took the photo as much for the shapes as for the colours. I liked the symmetry of the squares and rectangles of the book-case, the books and the green wall. There is also the cushion, another square and the rectangular shape of the timber flooring.

 Let’s have just one more.

I don’t very often take pictures just for shapes but I do like the rectangular shapes you get in a stack of apple boxes as well as the weathered timber.

Apple Boxes -Huon Valley Tasmania
Apple Boxes -Huon Valley Tasmania


I did find quite a lot of shapes in my pictures in the end. I think that looking for them did teach me something. I don’t take many portraits but I did understand the idea shown with Cee’s photo of the man on the beach being a triangular shape. I don’t take a lot of portraits so I was not really aware of this before.


I was born in England in 1957 and lived there until our family came to Australia in 1966. I grew up in Adelaide, South Australia, where I met and married my husband, David. We came together over a mutual love of trains. Both of us worked for the railways for many years, his job was with Australian National Railways, while I spent 12 years working for the STA, later TransAdelaide the Adelaide city transit system. After leaving that job I worked in hospitality until 2008. We moved to Tasmania in 2002 to live in the beautiful Huon Valley. In 2015 David became ill and passed away in October of that year. I currently co-write two blogs on WordPress.com with my sister Naomi. Our doll blog "Dolls, Dolls, Dolls", and "Our Other Blog" which is about everything else but with a focus on photographs and places in Tasmania. In November 2019 I began a new life in the house that Naomi and I intend to make our retirement home at Sisters Beach in Tasmania's northwest. Currently we have five pets between us. Naomi's two dogs Toby and Teddy and cats, Tigerwoods and Panther and my cat Polly. My dog Cindy passed away aged 16 in April 2022.


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