~ Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #229: Perfect Patterns ~

Here’s to Anne-Christine for inviting us to select photos of “perfect” patterns, with the understanding that perfect is always in the eye of the beholder! Here are some patterns in nature that I enjoy.

I’ll start with another in my series of Dune Runes. Above Alloniscus has woven multiple trails forming a net around the jewels of Yellow Sand Verbena (Abronia latifolia). With a bit of wind or a wash of wave, the pattern will vanish.

The deeply weathered wood on this aged cedar stump spoke volumes to me. Gnarled and bumpy, yet smooth and worn it has incredible character. On the right is a recent photo of wave action on Long Beach after a stormy high tide. Often the wave pattern left in the sand is rippled and smooth, this one stood out to me for it’s deeply carved furrows.

Patterns and colors on birds are part of the art of identifying them. Whether simple or intricate, bird feathers have always fascinated me. This one, I believe is a hawk wing-feather. I love its wide wavy motion on one side of the quill, that is echoed on the other side.

Above, the reflection of a cloud dappled sky on the rippling surface of Odell Lake mesmerized me as I rocked away in the boat. The patterns were always changing yet remained perfect in the moment.

I’ll conclude with photos of mature seed-heads or spikes of the wheat plant, with its lovely braided pattern. In my teenage years I lived in the Palouse area of Washington State, a prominent wheat growing region. When autumn came around, harvesting combines would rumble through the hills day and night, stirring up dust to cause many a harvest moon. In their wake, the combines would leave row after row of chaff in undulating patterns upon the gently rolling hills.

In this joyous season of the year, please honor our earth, be kind and stay safe.๐Ÿพ

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14 Responses to ~ Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #229: Perfect Patterns ~

  1. JohnRH says:

    Great selections Lindy. Good eye for unique patterns!

    • Lindy Le Coq says:

      Thank you, John! I loved your shots of hand cut crystal. At one point in my life I worked at a Jewelry and fine giftware store, Zell Brothers in Portland, OR. They were along the lines of Tiffany’s. I loved handling and selling the beautiful crystal decanters and stems. Even ended up with a few for myself!

  2. This is an amazing selection. Here is mine


  3. Cee Neuner says:

    Gorgeous patterns Lindy ๐Ÿ˜€

  4. Leya says:

    Beautiful patterns, Lindy, the patterns of life. I was struck by the similarities in the first two – the tree and the sand. But that is the way of nature, everything is repeated and built to be recognized again and again.

  5. lesleyscoble says:

    Beautiful ๐Ÿฅฐ

  6. Tina Schell says:

    Really loved all of these Lindy but your closing image and comment about having lived in the Palouse – a photographer’s dream – was especially wonderful.

    • Lindy Le Coq says:

      Thank you, Tina. Remember the challenge you put out about cameras we’ve owned through our lives? The photo of me with my first camera, a Kodak Instamatic was taken in my parent home in Pullman – think I was a senior in HS!

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