Symmetry in the Vineyards: Weekly Photo Challenge
“Symmetry, elegance, and grace – the qualities you find always in what the true artist captures.”
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There are few examples of symmetry more obvious than the beauty of a vineyard in bloom. Combining man’s efforts to create order with nature’s bounty results in some of the loveliest landscapes anywhere. Cheri’s challenge this week has offered an opportunity to highlight some of my favorite captures from a summer visit to Pinot Noir country in the Willamette Valley of Oregon.
“Symmetry is an idea by which man has tried to comprehend and create order, beauty and perfection.”
Those who know us are well aware of my husband’s love of fine wine. He finds elegance in the design of the bottle, the artistry of the label, the color and bouquet of the wine itself, and of course, most importantly, the taste of the vintner’s creation. Sadly for him, I am not nearly as enamored with the product of the winemaker’s efforts as I am with the beauty of the landscape from which it is extracted.
“The mathematical sciences particularly exhibit order symmetry and limitations; and these are the greatest forms of the beautiful.”
In the vineyard we find row after row of nearly-perfect symmetrical vines – whether in full bloom, newly planted, or recently harvested. One of the benefits of marriage to an oenophile is the opportunity to visit vineyards around the world. One of my fondest memories of our many travels is a remarkable hot-air balloon flight as the sun rose over the vineyards of Australia’s Yarra Valley. Of course, we laugh every time we talk about it, because of our rather abrupt landing in the middle of a farm full of very unhappy cows who were so frightened they probably refused to be milked for days afterwards!
“A tree has both straight and crooked branches; the symmetry of the tree, however, is perfect.”
When I recall visits to the vineyards of the Napa and Sonoma Valleys in California I always think of the amazing colors of the mustard flowers which grow inside the off-season vineyards. Each year, about 90 days after the first rains of autumn, mustard pushes through vineyard floor, filling the landscape with yellow gold. The plants are used as a “cover crop” in vineyards to reduce erosion and improve the quality of the soil. Visits to the area offer delicious mustard and olive oil tastings in addition to their famous wine tours.
“Seeing all life in perfect symmetry. Perceiving each day with righteous clarity. Living each moment in purposed reality. Believing each day is the start of eternity.”
We have visited vineyards in the foothills of the glorious Andes mountains of Argentina, in the beautiful landscapes of Provence, France, across Australia and New Zealand and of course in the western US. I have never been disappointed in the opportunities for photography, nor has my husband ever been disappointed in the availability of delicious wine varieties. We have both enjoyed sampling the amazing offerings of the local chefs who seem to pop up all around the vineyards, pairing their best offerings with those of the nearby vintners. When it comes to the symmetry of the vineyard, really – what’s not to love?!
To see the symmetrical shots of some other bloggers, click here.