This week’s photo challenge, Lines, made me think of the two years we lived in a yurt. When we lived there we were surrounded by lines in many directions:
Though the yurt itself was a circle, the walls were a lattice of wood. As you can see in the photo directly above, there is a metal cable that goes around the top of the lattice and notches on the ends of the roof joists rested on this cable supporting the roof and keeping the walls upright.
All of the roof joists converged at the dome. In a traditional yurt this would be a smoke hole but in our case it was a Plexiglas dome that could be cracked open to let heat and cooking smells out. It also had an interesting side effect: you could tell time using it. The sun (or full moon) would shine through the dome and project a circle inside. As time passed, the circle of light would go down one wall, across the floor, up the other wall, and then the sun or moon would set. We got pretty good at being able to estimate the time based on this though we had to be aware that it changed as the seasons changed. And in fact, you could see that as well, with the path of the circle changing location in the yurt depending on the season.
It was quite a while back, though – as you can see from how different we looked back in the day!