Nature’s Lines – WPC
“Embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.”
If you spend time looking for lines in nature, you’ll be amazed at how prevalent they are. While my opening capture of nature’s lines looks like a plant with some of its fronds missing, in fact the fronds are there but have lost their color due to this winter’s unusual frost. To me, in addition to the lines, the color changes made the plant more interesting – as did the sunlight brightening the verdant green.
“I have nature and art and poetry, and if that is not enough, what is enough?”
Vincent Van Gogh
Often here on Kiawah our beach is re-designed by the effects of tidal surge. One afternoon as I strolled along with my highly-portable Fuji 🙂 I was amazed by the grooves that had been carved in the sand. Clearly Mother Nature has her own ideas about how to create lines.
“Heaven is under our feet as well as over our heads.”
Henry David Thoreau
On another beach stroll, this time with iPhone in hand, I came upon a jellyfish washed up onto the sand. In this case the lines are one of the creature’s natural features. Interestingly, jellies can be found in every one of the world’s oceans and have survived for over 500 million years. They are actually not fish at all so are more often referred to as “jellies” in today’s vernacular.
“Nature is pleased with simplicity.”
Moving further inland, on a recent visit to Magnolia Plantation (which I featured in a previous post) I decided to try my Fuji on some vertical pans. Although I must admit it took me a bit more effort that it had with my Nikon, I was pleased that once I worked it out, my Fuji handled it quite nicely. Clearly the issue was my comfort with the new camera’s mechanics rather than it’s capabilities.
“Let us give Nature a chance; she knows her business better than we do.”
Michel de Montaigne
Finally, I’ve closed with an image of many lines. Those in the sand are of course the result of the hand of man on one of our beautiful golf courses. But notice the line of plated armor down the back of the alligator, and the lines that run between the top and bottom of his tail. If that’s not one of nature’s most interesting sets of lines, I don’t know what is. As any golfer would agree, there would be no penalty assessed for a ball left in this bunker! 🙂
Wishing you a week filled with natural wonders.