POLYGONY: Having Two or More Polygon Photos in One Post

Okay, I’m a polygonist. I know a lot of people look down on the practice of polygony, but those folks just don’t understand my religion. Like Joseph Smith, I too invented my own religion. It’s called The Church of the Great Outdoors. Perhaps you’ve heard of it?

The only thing most people know about The Church of the Great Outdoors is the “peeing outdoors ritual,” which I’ve discussed numerous times in the past. Less well-known is that we encourage Polygony. It’s not an official law of the church but, for many of us, staying faithful to only one polygon per ride is almost impossible. As you will soon see, I have EIGHT polygons today. I could have more next week.

Before I display my polygons, however, I just have one quick story to tell from my ride.

In general, bicycling is a pretty silent sport. Unless you are changing gears, or braking noisily, or your chain needs lubrication, pedestrians will not hear you coming up from behind. (Except on crowded bike trails where you should say “passing on your left” or some such warning.)

A teen-aged girl was singing quietly to herself and I heard her from 10 yards away. Then, just as I was about to pass, she belted out ” . . . ALL IS CALM, ALL IS BRIGHT!” I believe I startled her because she jumped and immediately discontinued her song out of embarrassment. I felt bad.

But not as bad as I felt when I was riding to work one morning at about 6:30 a.m. a decade ago. A guy who lived up the street (who I knew only because he was the father of one of my son’s friends) was out for his morning walk. Just before I rode by he passed gas. And I mean really LOUD. I pretended like I didn’t hear it and kept riding, and hoped against all hope that he didn’t recognize me. That would have been almost as unpleasant for the two of us as this story has been for all of you.


This one is an orange triangle within a Y-shaped polygon.

A square made of blocks.

G-2 and I see six sides on this block of snow, but we are fully aware that some curmudgeon like Scott will say “that doesn’t count because the edges are slightly rounded.”

I’m not going to count this sign as a rectangle. I just wanted to post this because I liked how it warned people to watch out for me.

A four-sided monolith that shows some highwater marks from the last half-century.

Three polygons in one: (From top to bottom: diamond, pentagon, rectangle.)

This one is kind of hard to describe. It’s a four-sided mirror, wider at the bottom than at the top, on the other side of a window. It provides a double reflection of me taking a picture of it. FREAKY!

Hi. My name is Greg and I ride my bike a lot. That is to say, I ride my bike almost every day. I go on long rides and short rides. Sunny rides, cloudy rides, and rainy rides. I like commuting, errand-running, day-tripping, overnighting, and touring on my bike. I ride on city streets, highways, gravel, single track, and snow with equal enthusiasm. Sometimes I ride fast and sometimes I ride slow. I try to keep my feet on the pedals at stop lights and I do not dismount when I hop up on a curb. I have a roadie bike, a mountain bike and a touring bike. I try to accept any challenge a bike ride can throw at me without complaint. But I don't like bugs.

7 response to "POLYGONY: Having Two or More Polygon Photos in One Post"

  1. By: NancyG Posted: January 2, 2021

    Not only have I heard of your religion (Church of the Great Outdoors), I have practiced it for years upon years.

    Really good pentagon sitings too.

  2. By: The Navigator Posted: January 2, 2021

    Haha! Thanks for making me laugh about your polygony. You’ve found some excellent polygons in that very cold-looking landscape. Your trifecta photo with the diamond will be hard to beat.

  3. By: Rocky Posted: January 3, 2021

    Thanks for making my day! Like they say, laughter is the best medicine.

  4. By: Scooter Posted: January 3, 2021

    Curmudgeon? Pah! I resemble that comment!

    Slightly rounded corners is fine. I do wonder about your skills with basic arithmetic though. What we have here looks more like one of those pentagon thingies.

  5. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: January 4, 2021

    Nice polygon collections — especially coming from a polygonist such as your self.
    Sad to hear the prestigious MN event of the Lutefisk Dinner has been cancelled due to Covid 19 — were you looking forward to that?
    The good news is Spam (the delicious product of MN) is still available at a grocery near you.
    And, yes, I DO like Spam — Ill have to see if the Spam Festival in Hawaii is still on.

    • By: gregblood Posted: January 4, 2021

      I have eaten Spam before and I can’t say it was terrible, but I will never eat lutefisk. How anybody could eat something that looks like that and smells like that, I will never know. My maternal grandparents (100% Swedes) used to eat it and they always said “you’ll never know if you like it or not until you TRY it.” WRONG!

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