The other three photos that were in contention for this week’s challenge involve nature. Patterns in nature. Nature’s patterns combined with humanity’s.

The shoreline curves in concentric semi-circles, water, wet sand, dry sand, pebbles, concrete promenade, beach cabins, green and parking, town. Nature's pattern embellished by humanity.
The shoreline curves in concentric semi-circles, water, wet sand, dry sand, pebbles, concrete promenade, beach cabins, pasture and parking, town — all following the lines of the shore and the cliff. Nature’s pattern embellished by humanity.

Looking from the West Cliff at Heatherslade toward Oxwich, the cliffs's patterns have been formed by eons of tides, as the waves create new patterns with every touch of the shore.

Looking from the West Cliff at Heatherslade toward Oxwich, the cliff’s striped patterns have been formed by eons of tides, as the waves create new jagged patterns with every touch of the shore. At the point where land meets water, you can almost see the next set of stripes being formed.

This next photograph is one of those that I never thought to be able to take. It almost became my challenge photo this week, but the wall fit the challenge more closely.

At low tide, you can see the pattern created by the sea as it receded from the shore.
At low tide, you can see the pattern created by the sea as it receded from the shore. Each time the tide flows in and out, the patterns are erased and remade, carving a new pattern in the face of the earth.

I see patterns all around me, in the way shadows move across the lawn, everyday slightly different, in the web of a spider, or the paths taken by animals in the forest. The way humanity has created new patterns, sometimes in harmony with nature’s, too often not.

Sometimes, as with the mason who built the wall that became this week’s challenge photo, humanity’s patterns reflect the nature of the area in which they are found simply by virtue of the materials used. Which is how nature creates patterns, with the materials at hand.

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