Wild Wednesday: Beauty & Geometry in Nature.

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Image: © Lucia Saldarriaga Photo

 

Recently, I spent a Saturday afternoon at a Farmers’ Market, picking up local produce and fresh-cut flowers. This particular Saturday ritual led to a longer walk in a nearby park. While getting lost in the colors of flowers, I was led to the discovery of a set of snail shells that were oddly tucked underneath the lip of a cement wall. Stopping to take a picture, I was fascinated by the richness of color and immediately remembered my earlier days of learning about “The Golden Ratio” in both my fine art and mathematics classes.  The Golden Ratio is quantifiable by a 1:1.618 (one to one point six one eight) ratio. If you were to take this shell (a more widely known example of the ratio in nature is the Nautilus Shell) and compress it into its 2-D form, with a few concise measurements, you’d have your own Fibonacci Series (more on that in another post), or a measurement quite close to that exact ratio.

 

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Image: © Lucia Saldarriaga Photo

 

Right before my eyes was this incredibly organic design. But, as I kept walking I realized that the natural environment is built on the basic structures and blocks of geometric shapes (triangles, rectangles, squares, circles, mandala patterns) and exact sequences.

To me, Nature has always represented a sacred space to marvel and recharge, it is an ever-changing balance of vibrant color, symmetrical patterns and asymmetry that has endured the brutality of weather. But, it will always be breathtaking to appreciate.

*Cheers from the Atelier