Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #226: Textures

Everything in our world has texture.  Even thoughts can have texture, even if they can’t be seen.  Just last night, I captured our soft, shiny black cat on her high perch.  Her coat is as soft as mink.  Then again, she has so shredded the carpet on her tree that its texture has changed from soft carpet to rough fiber.

Kikyo, soft kitty

You can see the different textures on the underside of her tree, wood, and the shredded carpet.  I like to say she has a “full set of points”, because we have not been able to get her to sit still for us to clip her claws, since we got her in 2010.

You want to see texture?  I’ll show you texture!  Be careful, though.

Ti-Al Shavings

Careful!  Those metal shards are sharp!  Dangerous to bare hands, but still beautiful.  They are metal shavings from a lathe that creates aircraft parts.

Just last weekend, we had dinner at our favorite local Thai restaurant.  There is a floor-to-ceiling bas-relief made out of wood, just inside the front doors, which I had never noticed before, perhaps because we are normally seated in a dining area that is far from the door.  All the texture here is meaningful.


There are myriad characters and leaves of various Thai people playing instruments and dancing.  It’s way too tall to capture in its entirety.  Doesn’t it inspire you to run your fingers over it?

Our Pacific Northwest beaches are mostly rocky, being composed of sand and rocks that originate in our granite Cascade Mountains.  Texture galore.

The left photo is a Columbia River beach, right underneath the Columnar Basalt cliffs, where the rocks still have sharp edges.  The other two are on Puget Sound, where the rocks have washed down rivers and lost their sharp edges.  Speaking of Columnar Basalt…


This piece has been made into a bench near a fountain at our local mall.  Its top side has been smoothed, and the other sides left in their rough condition.  Local companies do a booming business making this stone into sculptures, benches, and fountains (by drilling holes in the rock so the water can bubble up and run down the sides).  I find it incredibly beautiful, both in situ and as sculpture.  And on this bench, the water droplets add their own texture.

Autumn means falling, and fallen, leaves.  They have all sorts of textures and colors.


I took this just a couple of days ago.

I have always been fond of glass.  I look for glassware that has texture to it, and this glass just begged me to buy it.


The raised ridges on the sides make it easier to hold, and more pleasant to contemplate, too.

I just recently got a library card.  The last time I was at the library, I happened to look up when I was on the second floor, and spotted this beautiful art-glass window.  Every piece has a different smooth texture, but I was sorry it was so far above my head!


And for an entirely different texture of glass, here’s a sculpture that looks like a textile, but when you get close you see that it’s actually made of woven glass.


Finally, when this petrified wood was a living tree, millions of years ago, it had an entirely different texture.


ens-Artists LHere’s the Link to Jude’s Original Post.  And Tina’s too!

5 thoughts on “Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #226: Textures

  1. So many wonderful examples of textures here. The petrified wood and the woven glass are particularly interesting. And I can se why you were attracted to that glass, it is very beautiful.
    Jude xx

    1. Hi! I just followed your blog, Anglophile that I am. On your textures post, what are the cone-like objects in your header photo? One more thing: I just discovered Elizabeth George’s Inspector Linley novels, and I’m reading the one set in Cornwall! I still have memories of visiting Tintagel in October of 1984.

      1. The header photo is of limpets. Patella vulgata, common name the common limpet or common European limpet is a species of sea snail. It is a typical true limpet; a marine gastropod mollusc. I got down low to take this particular angle as I thought they looked like little pyramids. Tintagel village has probably not changed a lot since 1984, but the castle site has been improved with a new swing bridge installed recently.

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