Ysilme (ysilme) wrote in photo_scavenger,

Arch: lateral and lingual thinking

My first thought for this prompt was the following image. Not for "archery", but because for the weapon, as I was mentally translating the prompt into German, where the word for 'bow' is 'Bogen', the literal translation, and also used for 'arch'. But of course, 'archery' or 'arch' would work as well, I suppose. ;o)

The image was taken at a medieval and fantasy fair with this kind archer posing for me because I needed a banner picture for the MPTT award banners. For the Tolkien geeks among you: the arrow is a proper Legolas arrow, made after the ones the character uses in the first or second movie.

But if this interpretation feels too free for you, take this arch (or vault), arching so impressingly over a surprisingly huge space, particularly considering it was built in the 12th or 13th century and bears a whole castle on top:

The main cellar of Château de Saumur. The image shows about a third of the room or rather hall, destined to take in staples for the times of siege. It is really huge, and standing there, knowing all the weight that rests on top really makes one appreciate the fortifying abilities of vaulted arches.

Not all arches bear weight, of course - like these of the staircase ceiling of the Château d'Azay-le-Rideau, which are meant to give a decorative element of the new era, the Italian Renaissance in France, but still keep a bit of the faithful old gothic style.
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