As regular readers know, I like to encourage people to go local. We don’t always have to travel a long distance to go somewhere different and exciting. There’s always plenty to see and enjoy in nature that’s right on our doorstep.
For example, I went a walk this morning around some nearby fields and woods. I’d walked these paths many times before, but I was struck afresh by the many shapes and patterns we can find in nature, if we take time to look for them.
Leaves are full of patterns, with the veins of these ivy leaves showing up particularly clearly, especially the reddish one bottom left
A caterpillar seems to have taken a perfect semi-circular bite out of this gorgeously patterned leaf, which almost has the shape of Africa!
A sprinkling of frost highlights shapes and patterns that we would not normally notice
Here, the frost seems to be outlining the leaves in white, while on the surface of the leaves there seem to be minute drops of frozen water, maybe transpired from the leaves
Even in death, a leaf exhibits the most interesting shapes
I love the contrast between the perfectly straight vertical main vein, and the seemingly random curves of the leaf edge
The main veins are in a gorgeous deep red, while faint patterns of green still cling on
Here we get different colour patterns: reds, browns, light and dark greens, and the white of theÂ frost
Trees provide an endless display of shapes and patterns. At the tops of the tree trunks of these beeches, the branches bend over and meet to form the famous “cathedral” appearance
I never cease to marvel at the beauty of trees. This one displays the same patterns of leaf veins that we saw earlier
The sunlight shining through this tree creates some interesting shadows on the frosty ground
A wonderfully symmetrical oak tree
I like this shot because it’s full of patterns. The curving lane. The line of fence posts matching the lane’s curve. The gentle curve of the hill, matched by another line of fence posts. And all is framed by branches and leaves above, creating their own shapes and patterns
Some more delicately patterned trees, with a couple of horses silhouetted on the hillside
The sun’s rays create their own patterns
Meanwhile, on the ground, the drop in temperature transforms an ordinary puddle into a work of art
A pine cone in close-up displays some very chunky patterns
Finally, a sheep shows off its shapely curved horn
I hope these photos illustrate the fact that beauty in nature can be found wherever you look for it, even in your garden or local park.