Looking at Nature a Different Way

I get enormous pleasure from being out in Nature. It is always good to look at things close-up and find out what they are. I also enjoy the wider perspective of the countryside, looking at the different kinds of habitats, and the expansive panoramas of countryside and farmland around the village. Natural patterns and textures, the finer details seen when you take time to pause, care to examine, delight me just as much. I often see fascinating small-scale structures and patterns in natural objects whether they are animal, vegetable, or mineral, and find that these natural designs resonate with me on a certain aesthetic level. This includes the silhouettes of accidental patterns made by plants against the sky. They can be difficult to discern as you walk along because of the wealth and complexity of the plant associations, but it is possible to enhance the significant features by digitally changing the image.

Barley Field in June

We have barley growing in fields near the village as well as wheat. It is so lovely to look out over large expanses of the ripening crop as it waves and ripples in the wind. On this day the light was changing constantly as dark clouds scudded overhead, fleetingly obliterating the blue sky, and intermittently letting the sun shine through. The crop surface textures, colours and patterns varied depending on the transient quality of the light, the degree of ripeness, and the direction of view. The light-show on the barley whiskers is fascinating and beautiful. I could imagine these natural abstract designs being used for fabrics or wall coverings.