My Photography of Perfect Patterns: photographs + quotes, poems

Life is a great tapestry

The Barbie Green café-bar, London Wall | Photo©️Lesley Scoble

I am enjoying brunch, sitting at the café’s outside tables. I took this photograph through the glass frontage of this café-bar. I liked the fractals, refractions and distortions caused by the glass angles. The photo abstracts the images of the red-headed girl server, interior plants, and reflects a painting that hung on an opposite wall. I’d love to weave a tapestry of this!

German Physicist, Albert Einstein 1879-1955

“Life is a great tapestry. The individual is only an insignificant thread in an immense and miraculous pattern.”

Albert Einstein 1879-1955

The way is long… and tall shadow legs

On a walk uphill from the river, a low winter sun casts long shadows of my legs across a pattern painted pavement on Queen Street, London. I have always wanted to be tall!

Long shadow legs on patterned pavement | Photo©️Lesley Scoble
Roman Philosopher, Statesman, Dramatist, Seneca the Younger 4 BC – AD 65

“The way is long if one follows precepts, but short if one follows patterns”

Seneca the Younger 4 BC – AD 65


Water | Series | Photographs©️Lesley Scoble

pools of ripple shapes
under which secret giants
wait the rising tide 

Lesley Scoble Haiku

Leaf Imprints

Leaf imprints | Modern fossils | Patterns at your feet on a cold pavement in an urban street | Photo©️Lesley Scoble

My mother advised me to always walk with my head up. Sometimes, however, it is worth looking down. Look down and see the beauty of patterns beneath your feet on a cold pavement in an urban street.

“There are gems of wondrous brightness
Ofttimes lying at our feet,
And we pass them walking thoughtless,
Down the busy crowded street.
If we knew, our pace would slacken,
We would step more oft with care,
Lest our careless feet be treading
To the earth some jewel rare.”

American Poet, Genesee Richardson

Patterns fly by

A Murmuration Pattern of Starlings

English Prima Ballerina, Dame Margot Fonteyn 1919-1991

“Life forms illogical patterns. It is haphazard and full of beauties which I try to catch as they fly by, for who knows whether any of them will ever return?”

A Pattern of Crows

In scarlet skies swirl
caliginous silhouettes 
of flying dancers

Lesley Scoble Haiku

Patterns of Nature

Patterns of Nature | Photo: Lesley Scoble
Writer, Producer, Director, Science Specialist, Ann Druyan  b. 1949

“For most of the history of our species we were helpless to understand how nature works. We took every storm, drought, illness and comet personally. We created myths and spirits in an attempt to explain the patterns of nature.”

Ann Druyan 

I post these images, quotes and poems in response to LAPC #229 Perfect Patterns. I may be late in publishing this post, but I should like to say thank you for your inspiring photographic prompt. I’ve enjoyed sorting through my photos, searching for anything that might fit the brief. Thank you Leya for the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge. 😊

I’ve added an extra photograph! I took this photo today on my iPhone. It is the tiled façade of a building. It is a perfect pattern to confuse, hypnotise, and boggle your mind!

Tiled building façade, Fann Street, London | Photo©️Lesley Scoble
French/American Mathematician and Polymath, Benoit Mandelbrot 1924-2010

“I conceived and developed a new geometry of nature and implemented its use in a number of diverse fields. It describes many of the irregular and fragmented patterns around us, and leads to full-fledged theories, by identifying a family of shapes I call fractals.”

Benoit Mandelbrot

12 responses to “My Photography of Perfect Patterns: photographs + quotes, poems”

  1. I am glad you posted this even if it is late – but it is never too late! Loved your patterns, and tapestry sounds a good thing to make. Murmurations here are mostly with starlings, but they are all fantastic.

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