Artforms in Nature

The natural world is full of geometric shapes and patterns. Complex explanations for the emergence and variance in natural patterns have been discussed by biologists, physicists and mathematicians; but it’s also nice to just appreciate the
patterns for their captivating beauty.

Look at the spiral of a snail shell; the ripples in sand created by the wind; a dried up pond with a cracked clay surface; the radiating veins of a leaf; the concentric rings within the trunk of a tree; the filaments of flowers; spiders’ webs; a moth’s wing; the honeycomb of a beehive (are you that brave?), or a bird’s feather.

If you’ve got a paper and pencil, try sketching what you find. If you’ve got your camera then take some photos. There is joy to be found in noticing the small things in the world around you – give yourself the gift of the time to do so.

This text is extracted from my forthcoming book, 100 Things to do in the Forest. Full details of the book can be found on Laurence King’s website. The text remains copyright of Jennifer Davis and Laurence King and may not be reprinted without permission. The hand drawn images are copyright Eleanor Taylor and Laurence King and may not be reused without permission. Pre-orders of the book are available on Amazon UK and Amazon in the USA.

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