Sometimes I Like Things I’m Not Supposed To Like

Power lines with tree branches silhouetted against the sky

When my sweetheart saw this, he tried to explain how I could remove the power lines with an app. Remove the lines? I like the lines. I like the way the vegetation moves with so much verve around them.

Indulge me. Anthropomorphise the seed heads for a moment and see how they seem to be lifting thin arms in mockery or emulation. Watch the boundaries between natural and man-made fade.

I didn’t get any pleasure from the power lines for a long time. We don’t dangle our lines in the sky for all to see where I’m from, we secretively stash them away. I’d venture to think we don’t need as many lines where I’m from, but then what do I know? 

But if a country is going to have lines in the sky, why not celebrate them? There’s something uplifting about connections and I love the Heath-Robinson quality of these ones. Long may their quirks continue to be of service!

Sorry if this picture sets your sensibilities a-jangling, but I hope you’ll concede it’s an apt submission for today’s Ragtag Prompt: Tracery.

36 Replies to “Sometimes I Like Things I’m Not Supposed To Like”

  1. As an arborist, I dislike utility cables. However, I can see how they could be perceived as a visual asset. As a kid, I thought that the big high towers suspending cables over the marshlands of the San Francisco Bay were so sculptural, like the Eiffel Tower. I find such cables compelling as they extend off into the horizon and over hillsides to unknown destinations, like contrails of airplanes on their way to far away exotic places. The bridge that passes almost over our shops at work might be considered to be a mere utilitarian bridge, but I find it to also be of sculptural interest.

  2. I agree, and I’ve intentionally included power lines in some of my own photos. They are part of my garden’s landscape and they do interact with the plants in such interesting ways.

    1. Plants or hard features help give them less focus. Many walls are not particularly interesting in themselves, yet we generally agree that walls are good things to have in gardens.

  3. Anthropomorphising is one of my favorite things to do, so of course I had to look at this with a different eye. That aside, I’d say context is everything. Mostly I don’t like power lines, but sometimes they make an image much more compelling — like this one. I love the power lines in this because of the silhouette effect of the whole, and because I do believe that is an illuminated bottle tree, plus some other kind of lighted something against the black, and they seem to me part of a beautifully captured twilight moment, when we know it won’t last long. The lines and the lights are there to take over when the sun is gone. Nice.

    1. Well spotted – it is a bottle tree and fairy lights hung over glass panels. And the light was changing quite rapidly – I had to dash to take the picture while the sky was lavender pink.

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