Cee’s Odd Ball Challenge

Roofline detail

A large percentage of my pictures could probably be classified as Odd Balls. But for Cee’s encouragement, this shot, taken in Zurich, Switzerland, would never have seen the light of day.

The patterns, colours and details intrigue me: the layering of classic, European brick and tile patterns on the chimneys with the decorative friezes around the roofline. The cap and crown of the tallest chimney seem to be modelled on an ancient building. How much creativity and craftsmanship have gone into details like these, mostly unseen by the passers by below? 

Did you notice the little creature that has crept into the bottom left corner of the frame? His legs seem a bit long for a mouse. Or the six sided, star shape hole towards the top of the chimney? Even the guttering seems to have a place in the overall pattern.

Take a look at Cee’s definition of Odd Ball and find links to other submissions here.


20 Replies to “Cee’s Odd Ball Challenge”

  1. I love architecture and have loads of “oddballs” just like this. Glad you’re highlighting both architectural and unique European beauty 🙂

    1. When I first started to take photos using film, all my best ones seemed to be of doors and windows, probably because they don’t move! I don’t seem to take architectural shots quite as much second time round.

    1. Zurich seems to be a very design-aware city. I can imagine there are all sorts of accidents caused by visitors are not looking where they are going because they’re gazing up at all the details on the buildings. I especially like the Old Town.

  2. Three cheers for the Odd Balls among us! They will save us from ourselves! This is a wonderful image, and I thank you for it. I especially enjoyed your comment about people not looking where they’re going; I don’t know how anyone could watch the road with that show going on overhead.

  3. I am also intrigued with this photos. There is so much going on with the patterns, textures, shapes, etc. Great odd ball. 😀

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