Monday, February 27, 2012

Patterns In Nature

When I was little, my parents had a subscription to National Geographic magazine. I would spend hours enjoying the articles and pictures in every issue. We have many copies of the magazine in the house now and my kids enjoy them just like I did.

Every so often I visit the National Geographic website. One could spend hours. Here are a few examples of pictures taken across the globe depicting patterns in nature which I find truly inspirating for their quality of photography, color combinations and patterns, subject matter and sometimes just because they are visually spectacular or dramatic.

Flowers:

Photo: Close view of a calla lily
Calla Lily


Photo: Hibiscus flower petals
Hibiscus Petal

Photo: Giant lobelia
The leaves of a Lobelia Plant spiral around the center.
Mt. Kilimanjaro, Tanzania.

Photo: The flower of a claret cup cactus
The flower of a Claret Cup Cactus Flower.

Photo: Hairpin banksia
The Hairpin Banksia.
Eastern Australia.

Photo: Thorns on a prickly pear cactus
Sharp spines on a Prickly Pear Cactus.
The Galapagos Islands.

Photo: Coleus plants
Coleus Plants.
South America.

Photo: Water lily
Water Lily.
St. Louis.

Photo: Palm fronds
Palm Fronds; the leaf is symbolic in many religions.


Photo: A close view of a green leaf
Deep relief of a leaf's veins.

Water:

Photo: Sandbars on Whitsunday Islands, Australia
Sandbars.
Australia.

Photo: Water vortex
Whirpool.
France.

Photo: High tide on a black-sand beach in Manzanillo, Mexico
Black sand.
Mexico.

Photo: Water rippling in Costa Rica
Like an impressionist painting, water ripples.
Costa Rica.

Mysterious Earth:
Photo: Biplane above Monomoy Island, Massachusetts
Biplane flying over Monomoy Shoals, Massachusetts.

Photo: Light reflecting on a rock wall in Utah
Light paints patterns on a rock wall.
Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Utah.

Photo: Ray of light from a cenote in Mexico
Sunlight through a freshwater sinkhole (cenote). 
Yucatan peninsula.

Photo: Antelope Canyon's smooth walls
Antelope Canyon.
Arizona.

Photo: Sand dunes in Namibia
Sand dunes.
Namib Desert, Namibia.

Trees:

Photo: Canadian white birch trees
White birch trees.
Manitoba, Canada

Butterflies:
Photo: Butterfly on gerbera daisies
Spicebush Swallowtail Butterfly.

Photo: Zebra-winged butterfly
Zebra-winged Butterfly set off by the white petals of a flower. 
Nebraska.

Photo: Iridescent blue butterfly
Male Blue Morpho Butterfly with irridescent wings.


Auroras:

Photo: The aurora borealis over Wapusk National Park in Manitoba, Canada
Aurora Borealis.
Manitoba, Canada


Photo: Northern lights over snow
Yellowknife, Canada


Photo: Aurora over a forest
Troy, New York


I could fill up an entire gallery wall with these. There is so much more stunning photography to indulge in on the website. Do you visit the National Geographic website? Do you look to nature for inspiration?
All images via National Geographic.

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