Patti‘s challenge this week makes us look for shapes and designs. I often look at the likeness between nature and our human creations. If we manage well, the results might be harmonious shapes and beautiful designs. But as Salvador Dalí stated –
Have no fear of perfection – you´ll never reach it.
I believe even if we don’t try hard to, we unintentionally design some of our art and constructions with nature as the model. Just look at these pairs of images.
Above a gigantic lamp at the Kosta Boda Art Hotel – and Miss Willmott’s Ghost.
These galaxy shaped leaves from a plant at Kew Gardens I really liked – below a swirl and snail design.
In my windows there sometimes lie withered leaves…this one is from a Poinsettia –
– below one of my students’ hair designs. There are obvious likenesses…
Wonderful, isn’t it? But no matter how hard we try, Mother Nature will always be our master. Many great artists declare they are deeply influenced by Nature, and one of them is Gaudí. In my world, I believe every artist is.
For Tina’s Interesting Architecture challenge last week, you shared marvelous examples of architecture from around the world. What a treat for all of us! Thank you! Now we are hoping you will share some of your interesting shapes and designs with us. Please use the Lens Artists tag and link to Patti’s original post.
We’re also delighted to announce that Lindy Low LeCoq will be our guest host next week for LAPC #175. We invite you to visit her beautiful site next Saturday at noon to join our next challenge. Until then – stay well and safe.
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Wonderful collection of shapes & designs 😃
Glad you enjoyed them, Jez!
love those leaves you captured at Kew Gardens
Thank you – I had to return to that glass house just to see them again before we left!
I’m glad you got the photo. There’s always something at Kew!
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Beautiful it is really beautiful photos
Your photo of the bumble bee on the spikey white flower is gorgeous. I have never seen a flower like that before – what is it? And those galaxy shaped leaves from Kew Gardens almost look as though they were manipulated into those pleasing swirly shapes, so unique.
Here’s another offering from me for the Lens Artists Shapes and Designs challenge:
Wonderful images showing natural design and how it is mimicked.
Thank you – glad you liked it!
a wonderful selection a. c. that you show us here for this week. i like them very much.
many greetings robert
I am happy you liked them, Robert, thank you!
Beautiful! What is that banner shot? It looks like layers of cardboard.
Thank you – and yes, it is a paper artist’s work. I posted on it some months ago. IFÖ center.
Beautiful beautiful 🤩 LOVE the Dali quote. ‘Perfect.’
Thank you kindly, John! Dalí is Dalí…
This is wonderful, AC. I love your idea of comparing designs in nature vs. human designs. Just terrific! As always your photos are beautiful. I love that girl’s hair! It is a work of art!
So glad you liked my idea, Patti! The challenge is great with many opportunities!
A beautiful variety of shapes and designs, Ann-Christine. Those swirling green leaves and the bee really caught my eye.
I am glad it caught your eye, Sue – thank you!
Kosta Boda art hotel! That’s something I have to look up whenever I pass by next.
Please do, you will not regret it. I posted on it some years ago – quite an experience.
Beautiful post Ann-Christine. I especially liked that you compared photography to nature. Thanks.
And I am glad you found it interesting, Anne! Thank you again.
Wonderful and clever examples of how we ”copy” nature.
I am glad you enjoyed my musings!
Wow… taking my breath away, AC! Remarkable shots.
Nature inspires many artists and designers. 🙂
True, Amy, inspiration. Thank you for a lovely comment!
You have some fantastic shapes to delight us all with. Marvelous photo 😀
Glad you are delighted, Cee!
How clever to have found all these matches between nature’s design and our human attempts! I love that photo of the withered leaf – many people would just dispose of that but you have brought out its beauty 🙂
Thank you, Sarah…yes, there is much to see about the little things in life.
Stunning photos Ann-Christine!
Thank you, Aletta!
What great pairings. The hair style is fab. And yes, nature can certainly show us a thing or two.
Your swirl and snail design is so unique and captivating, I adore it. And your student’s hair design is amazing and beautiful. I agree with your observation that “…we unintentionally design some of our art and constructions with nature as the model.” I always look forward to your posts because of your focus on Nature!
Here’s my offering that includes shapes and designs in mosaic art in town:
Thank you, I’m glad I don’t tire you with my forest!
You’re welcome and there’s no danger of you tiring me – I always adore your focus on the beauty of the natural world in your posts! 😊
Outstanding post Ann-Christine! You took this one to the next level comparing nature with similar shapes created by mere mortals! Your eye for nature and photographic opportunity is amazing. But I must ask, what is your opening image? I’m guessing a beehive???? I can’t believe no one else has asked!!
Thank you so much, Tina, for a great comment – much appreciated! I had so much fun with the challenge – I think many of the readers had. It gave so many opportunities. About the opening image, I set a link to the post it was in!
I love that opening photo! But as I’ve often heard, Mother Nature is the ultimate in design. Great quote from Dali. I quit fearing perfection many years ago. >grin<
Haha, well, about perfection – I must agree. Many, many years ago for me as well…but I am glad you enjoyed the challenge.
Because I love Swedish glass I have to put the Kosta Boda Art Hotel top of the list but all your pictures are wonderful. May I should have given extra marks to the leaves from Key Gardens, but it’s a difficult call with so many lovely images.
Thank you kindly, Mari! I love Kosta and I love Kew…
An excellent collection of both natural and human-created designs. For me, you captured the essence of what I call ”look beyond the obvious”. Doing so will expose many wonders. I’ve enjoyed this challenge so much, I’ve visited many participants. Well done, A-C.
I am glad to hear the challenge was a hit with you, Frank! In fact I had great fun with it too!
Ann- Christine, your photos leave me speechless. As usual, it took me a while to figure what am I actually looking at and probably I’d still be scratching my head if I hadn’t read the accompanying text. All I can say is that your pictures are phenomenal! I’d like to pick a favourite but honestly, I can’t. More power to you.
Well, your lovely comment made me feel really glad and happy about the post. .. Thank you very, very much for your positive comment!
Oh, fantastic,A C…..love your gallery, and your pairings. That bee on the Eryngeum (did I tell you of Miss Wilmott’s ghost ??!) is lovely
Thank you, Sue, yes, and you told me!
You have excelled yourself, Ann-Christine. A true artist.
Well – now you made me really happy, Tracy! You are the artist here!
You have a great eye for these things, Ann-Christine!
Thank you, Steve, much appreciated!
Great examples Leya and you’re so right. I would never have noticed if you hadn’t pointed it out 🙂
That’s a nice set of artistic curls.
♥ Thank you!
Fabulous, Ann-Christine! From Header to toe!
Beautiful take on the theme, Ann-Christine. There’s always a softness to your photos that I love.
Thank you so much, Sofia – maybe that is why I love yours as well? This time i really enjoyed finding the likeness in these pairing of images. Especially happy with the leaf and the hairdo – they are almost identical.
And they were perfect!
A lovely gallery. That withered leaf is a great shot. Well, they all are of course …
Margaret – I had great fun finding similarities in the couples. Loved the challenge, thank you!
Oh so beautiful, every one!! 💙 Great photos Leya!
Thank you, Lisa! Happy you enjoyed the pairs chosen!
They do look a galaxy . Great images Leya.and amazing collection of these images.
I am glad you liked the pairings and images chosen! Thank you!
These are stunning examples, A-C!! That lamp is amazing but I loved them all.
So glad they pleased you – I loved finding and connecting pairs.
Fabulous photos and a great selection for the theme 😀😀
Thank you, Brian – I had great fun finding pairs that connected to each other.
Lovely photos and each one so unique in shape and design. Excellent response to the challenge Ann Christine.
Thank you, Anne – so glad you enjoyed my pairing of shapes and designs that look similar!
Absolutely fabulous photos . . . love the lighting in the Kosta Boda Hotel – Collected KB for many years both for our homes and businesses and have been at the factory more than once but before the hotel was built. Would love the opportunity to return . . . . .
Ah, you would love their hotel with the fabulous suites and all the glass art! I posted on it a few years ago when we stayed there for some days.
Love the featured image and the hairstyle.
Thank you philo!
I agree, I think we unintentionally use nature as our model. I loved your examples. The hair was fun, the leaf genius. Always a pleasure. Thank you Ann-Christine
So glad you liked them and can see the likenesses, the mimicking in the pairs!
You’re so right: Mother Nature will always be our model. Love your photos. A favorite this week is the dried leaf. I would never think of photographing that, but’s perfect for the challenge. A great collection!
Thank you so much, Rusha – I do find it interesting to search for similarities like in these pairs.