Monday, September 26, 2011

Texture in Nature #2

Taking our theme from yesterday's post I thought we'd look at some more images which highlight the subtlety and beauty inherent in nature. As this should be referencing texture I'll leave the images to you to examine. The interesting thing I draw from them is the visual power of repetition. Nature allows incredible diversity in the way things are displayed or formed. This principle is also applied by merchandisers in-store. We are naturally drawn to objects where the same pattern or profile/colour is stacked or in rows. 

Detail of palm frond
A palm tree can also give us a completely different, yet no less beautiful, example of repetition of form. Simply look at the trunk of the same tree to see another pattern hard at work. This also goes back to my core tenet that simplicity and elegant forms are often hidden by the 'everyday' nature of their function. (Such as this palm tree in a public park!)

Sometimes we can also overlook the power of small objects occurring in nature...simply because of their scale. The colour palette of lichen on a rock, indentations inside sand-burnished seashells, or even discarded cicada cocoons. All serve a practical purpose but each and every one of these shapes is not obvious to us on account of their scale. Perspective...dear readers... serves more than one purpose!

Moss in Tropical Arboretum
Photos: David Plummer

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