Patterns in nature can provide the basis of an absorbing and fascinating photography project. The juxtaposition of hard and soft, light and dark or straight and irregular are just some of the contrasts that reveal patterns in all sorts of objects.
It is possible to find patterns in nature by simply isolating part of a scene. For example a small grouping of stones can create a pleasing pattern or it may be the weathered trunk of a long fallen tree, where time has played its part in creating the lines and shapes that form the patterns in nature.
Nurturing a vision that instils a lasting appreciation of the simplicity and beauty of the natural world is important and the diversity provides many examples of patterns in nature for us to photograph. However, try not to get overwhelmed and start with the common things that we tend to overlook, simply because of their familiarity they often offer the very best opportunity for observation. Look out for patterns in nature that are circular, linear and random or indeed a combination of all three.
Searching out patterns in nature to photograph can be an absorbing and pleasurable experience. So, with an open mind and childlike wonder the natural world is a beautiful place that requires just a little time to fully appreciate. With all the negatives around these days it is reassuring to know that satisfaction and contentment can be provided by the simplest of things.
Pebbles washed together in a rocky hollow
Nasturtium leaf with veins and water droplets
Erosion of a coastal cliff
Reeds and water, simple but eyecatching
Hosta leaf with water droplets
Jagged ice pattern
Weathered tree trunk in early morning light
Lichen on rock
Shadow of fern
Tidal sand patterns – fingers or trees ??