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Saturday, 25 April 2009

Nature's Designs Part Two

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?

43 comments:

  1. I love the way nature has so many designs that we copy in our own lives.

    Cool shots and a great post!

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  2. Thanks Ladyfi.
    Your latest struck a chord with me. I made scones yesterday and put raisins in them. Yum!

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  3. Great post, June, and your photos are fabulous! You do manage to keep me inspired! Enjoy your weekend!

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  4. The photos are great, June. I love the slate wall with the ferns and the palms are amazing. I like nature and enjoy seeing what she designs for us to enjoy but I am not much into manmade designs. Great post as usual. I always look forward to the pictures of your beautiful country.

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  5. Beautiful and wonderful as always June,have a great weekend,Sandra

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  6. SYLVIA
    Thanks for the visit mate.

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  7. JUDY
    Not miuch into man made designs - or not the ones in the blog? I thought you'd enjoy art ...

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  8. Fine words Sandra - now to live up to them eh?
    Thanks

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  9. I am absolutely a design freak, June. My subconscious brain is always on the look-out for patterns and combinations of color and form in my surroundings, always drawing my conscious mind to look at what nature has given us. Life is good!

    And so is your blog, that takes me out of my world and into yours! Thank thee, Friend June.

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  10. Nature is fascinating to me, all the different colors and styles, we could spend all day just looking and trying to create a thing ALMOST as good

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  11. ahhhhh. Makes me want to be outside. Good stuff June!

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  12. Hi CROW
    As we say in Oz - you're a good bird!
    It's good chatting to you ...
    I've begun looking at a couple of your favoured writing blogs and meeting new people too.
    J

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  13. You're right Brenda. We could never EVER reach nature's pinnacles.

    We can but copy and admire.

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  14. G'day again Out-Numbered. How is your house full of women? And not forgetting you!

    I imagine that you would all need to get outside.

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  15. Good blog.

    I have never seen graffiti on plants apart from tree bark.

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  16. Very lovely June. I so love pictures of the outdoors ... nature mesmerizes. Thanks for sharing.

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  17. Pleased you enjoyed your visit WRITE BLOG.

    No I hadn't seen that type of graffiti either. I hope it doesn't catch on. One lot is a novelty ...

    June

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  18. Welcome back into the Great Outdoors Lilly Jones ...

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  19. A total design freak in fact. I am so jealous of where you live but very proud I live in the same country at least! Great images - you have a good idea for photography - not that that surprises me in the least, given your writing skills. Have a great Sunday.

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  20. Those patterns are every where in nature, even in the process of decay. The structure of flowers and seed heads - note the frequency of Fibonacci numbers - are a fascinating study.

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  21. Hi LILLY
    Why don't you take a digital camera on a sunny day and wander around your home, our beautiful capital city Canberra? There are wonderful parks and magical buildings to work on. In fact I challenge you to do a blog post with the results! You are very artistic ...

    Deal?
    June

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  22. Hi JOE (Plutarch)
    Fibonacci and nature are certainly a fascinating study. How orderly is that? And how beautiful the results.

    Decay. That sets me thinking ...
    June

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  23. Interesting photographs, captured well. Graffiti is something people always indulge in to imprint their presence in the place they have visited. A lot of graffiti scribbled here are about love and lovers.

    Do visit my blog.

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  24. I love the pandanas shot with the backdrop of that gorgeous blue sky! Nature really has an abundant treasure of lots of interesting and artistic sights... I think there's an artist have a feeling he's Italian, who just paints the sky and the ground - hardly anything else, no real 'details' except for an occasional 'something or someone' - a chair, a woman, a man, a child, a table, a parasol, a table with a parasol !!! I love his stuff, have no scoobie what his name is but I really love it. Rob would probably go mad if I bought any more things to put up on the walls so I'm banned from buying anything else apart from matt paint. I have attempted to try out some of his ideas but I'm a bit short of real aptitude. His pictures are soooo tempting though, they make you think of lovely warm white sandy beaches with gorgeous turquoise coloured water mmmmm... lovely !

    Alright missus ! Ya got me, I've done another blog using my brain - well not quite, 'cos I've added details which were on the 'net' but nearly all me own work. So, it's all your fault, you kick started my thought processes again.... Fingers crossed - we'll see how long it lasts.

    Cheers peer, Kate x.

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  25. As I looked at the nature shots after the umbrella, it made me wonder if there is anything man has made that doesn't have it's design based on something in nature!

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  26. You have a keen eye for detail....and I, too hate graffitti on tree-trunks or plants.

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  27. great snaps 70+....its wonderful visiting your blog...full of interesting info.....thanks again..

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  28. NSIYER
    It's generally the same here too - 'Toby L Jenny', 'Bob and Laura 2005'. It's still intrusive and destructive in my view.

    You're right about imposing themselves on others - it's a type of arrogance mixed with low self esteem? Pretty contradictory eh?

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  29. There you go again you little Scottish lassie - putting down my friend KATE.
    The Kate I suspect is there beneath these words would have a lot of fun splashing around that matt paint once she stopped worrying about the results. Hop in girl! You don't know what will happen ...

    Will hop over to see your latest masterpiece.
    June in Oz

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  30. DOGWALK
    They say there is nothing original don't they?
    Personally, I don't think there is any better target for plagiarising. And I reckon nature doesn't seem to mind.

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  31. Hi SUCHARITA
    If Mother Nature does such a good job, why spoil it? And so we agree.

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  32. Thanks June,

    Love Kate x.

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  33. KATE
    Thanks and hugs are winging their way back to you ...
    June

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  34. Hello! Stumbled upon your blog and am so happy to have found it! Lovely photos! I so want to go to Australia!

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  35. TULSA
    The feeling is mutual - we share an interest in writing, life in Japan. I think we'll get along just fine. Have you seen my writing blog Journeys in Creative Writing?
    June in Oz

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  36. These photos have made me even more determined to visit Australia. Did you notice the large pods? on the tree look like faces?

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  37. Hi GUTSYWRITER
    You'd be very welcome here ...

    Those pandanus palms have so much character. They are one of my very favourite plants.

    So I have another writer on my doorstep eh? Good!

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  38. Wonderful inspiring photos as usual! Love your posts June
    Linda

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  39. Hi June...Guess your sound card is fine and working now...There is a chance that you may like the music too...so plz try once more...and yes you are right..as you said...there are many assumptions and misconceptions about India...good and bad.....

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  40. Thanks Linda - always pleased to have such a supportive visitor.

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  41. GREENER BANGALORE
    No sound card yet - my favourite tech is coming on Friday to get me going again.
    Will try again later.

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  42. Hey, June, nice to see you following again. Hope life is treating you well. Was thinking about you during all the fires.

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