We continue a look at nature's designs today, as promised before thoughts of the boat people got me onto another track.
This time human beings are in the act alongside nature in some of the following photographs.
There might be imitation of the natural world going on, or humans there alongside nature to make their own imprint on the situation.
This is really where we left off last time. Remember the photograph of the palm taken from below and looking for all the world like an umbrella? This pic drives the lesson home, I think.
Nature is often quite orderly in its pursuits ...
Take this deciduous tree unfolding its branches on a perilous site.
The photographer was there with his big lens following the surfboard riders in the distance. I was there to capture him - and the patterns of the tree and the waves.
The breakers are also making a design statement of their own aren't they? And the rocks ... It's a random statement, but interesting for that.
Here man and nature have melded to make something beautiful, in my view. This is part of one of a series of seats designed for the beach area. The natural grains and colours of the different woods make an impressive team.
And then we have the graffiti types. It annoys me that they destroy the ambience of our public spaces, but in many cases I can't help having a sneaking regard for their abilities in design.
People have graffitied this row of flax plants growing beside a pathway at Cooly Beach. Can't they leave nature well alone please? Although I do appreciate the fun in this case.
Here a natural slate is used for an interesting low wall, and ferns soften the effect. It's as though nature decided to lend a hand here ...
This pic is nature in its glory. The seed pods of this pandanus palm, the crazy trunks and the spiked leaves all go together well, making their own design statement, with the never ending sky a fitting backdrop.
Are you a design freak, or couldn't you care less?
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