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Archive for August 16, 2018

Patterns: Nature Up Close

“What I see in Nature is a magnificent structure that we can comprehend only very imperfectly, and that must fill a thinking person with a feeling of humility. This is a genuinely religious feeling that has nothing to do with mysticism.”  Albert Einstein

Patterns fascinate me.  Always have. Somehow the symmetry and repetition are both soothing and engaging. These patterns can be easily seen in Nature. Consider rows in a cultivated field or the rhythm of the ocean’s waves. Tree upon tree in a forest or the many cells of a honeycomb.

I especially enjoy the patterns evident in flowers, leaves, ferns and grasses.  They are beautiful and mesmerizing. Each detail a part of the pattern, but–at the same time–each can be a bit different and unique. Teh patterns of Nature are such a great metaphor for celebrating diversity in all life, since we are all really part of the same big pattern.

“The natural world is built upon common motifs and patterns. Recognizing patterns in nature creates a map for locating yourself in change, and anticipating what is yet to come.”  Sharon Weil

“Find beauty not only in the thing itself but in the pattern of the shadows, the light and dark which that thing provides.”  Junichiro Tanizaki

“Nature uses only the longest threads to weave her patterns, so that each small piece of her fabric reveals the organization of the entire tapestry.”  Richard P. Fenyman

“There is no better designer than nature.” Alexander McQueen

This post is my response to the Artist Lens Photo Challenge Patterns. As others who have responded have noted, Nature is a great response to this challenge.

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