Monday, May 16, 2011

The circle in nature

My friend Amy has been on the hunt for circles lately. Man hole covers, clocks, portholes,  you get the idea.

Now I have always had a fondness for circles. Hence my interest in the New York Beauty block. I always am cutting out the curvy and spiky patterns when I see them in magazines. But I also reallllllly like organic forms.

The uneven edges, the irregularity, those things add a level of movement and excitement to an organic design. 

So when I was talking my dog for a walk this spring, I thought I would be on the lookout for circles in nature.

And they are really hard to find!

I came up with these......


Kinda of a circle with spikey edges....


A real irregular circle within a circle with the tree stump....


Yet another circle but this time with ruffles edges....


Now this one is closest to perfect circle.....but the edges are still off a bit....if I could fold it in half, both sides would NOT be equal.

It was really hard to find circles in nature.......interesting.....

Are they a mostly man made shape? 
Do we humans find circles so pleasing for the regular perfect edges they give us?
If two pictures were made up of same colors and design but one had perfectly round circles and the other had organic circles would each invoke different feelings?
What would those feelings be?

I think this would be interesting for me to explore more.....

My faithful dog enjoyed our walk.....but sometimes got in the way of my photo taking....


Poor flower.....

I leave with with circles on the brain.....have a good Monday!

kathy

3 comments:

Needled Mom said...

That's a deep thought for a Monday morning. I will have to be on the lookout now!

Needled Mom said...

How about the two biggest nature circles - the moon and the sun? See....you got me thinking already!!

Amy Parra Morusiewicz Fun from A to Z! said...

a drop of water, a dandelion's seed head, a cantelope, the iris and pupil of your eye...

but I totally agree - lumpy circles are more common in nature - and the planets and stars are also mostly circles but not perfect circles.

PS - thanks for the plug for my blog - I look forward to more circle chats!

http://funfromatoz.blogspot.com/