As an engineer my first inclination was to select a marvelous, awe inspiring bridge or skyscraper, as a subject for this photo essay. Certainly there are many such subjects that scream to be noticed and many that have been beautifully and artistically captured on film or digital media for posterity.
Less obvious though is this simple photograph taken last month at the Dinosaur exhibit at The Museum of Natural History. It illustrates, in dramatic juxtaposition, less obvious and diverse elements of structure:
All of these structural elements can be seen here. However, one additional, very important element of structure can be inferred; that of the nurturing and guidance provided by a loving mother to her sons.
Usually architectural, always aesthetic, often archaic and sometimes anachronistic; structures improve our habitats, support our life forms, enhance our knowledge of history and define our boundaries.