I did not appreciate the power of patterns until I studied graphic design. Whether naturally occurring or man-made (or a combination of both), they add interesting details to a photograph or other artwork. Sometimes the patterns themselves make fantastic photographic subjects, as you can see in the photos featured in this week’s post.

Terrace field yunnan china denoised.jpg

By Jialiang Gao, (Original Photograph) [GFDL, CC-BY-SA-3.0 or CC-BY-SA-2.5], via Wikimedia Commons


Photo Description:

Terrace rice fields in Yunnan Province, China.

Date: March 2003

Additional Note: This is a retouched picture, which means that it has been digitally altered from its original version. Modifications: Removed some noise and sharpened a bit.

Tessellated Pavement Sunrise Landscape.jpg

By JJ Harrison ( (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-2.5], via Wikimedia Commons


Photo Description:

Sunrise, “Tessellated Pavement”, Eaglehawk Neck, Tasman Peninsula, Tasmania, Australia. The „Tesselated Pavement“ is the result of an orthogonal joint pattern in the rock. On the picture it shows the so called “pan formation”, where the rock in the immediate vicinity of the joints is more resistant to erosion than the rock that is more distant to the joints, This is due to alterations of the rock along the joints by hydrothermal (or similar) solutions when the rock was still buried deeply below the surface millions of years ago. When no alterations or alterations that lower the erosional resistivity have taken place in the geological past, the rock along the joints will erode faster than the rock that is more distant to the joints. In that case the so called “loaf formation” of “Tessellated Pavement” will form.

Date: 28 January 2009

At the beach – Boomer Depp.jpg

By Boomer Depp (At the beach) [CC-BY-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons


Photo Description:

At the beach

Date: 12 August 2009, 14:29

Namib-Naukluft Sand Dunes (2011).jpg

By Yathin S Krishnappa (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons


Photo Description:

Sand dunes in the Namib-Naukluft National Park, Namibia. Older dunes are reddish and larger, newer dunes are yellow-brown.

Date: 20 April 2011 (07:52:54)

Rapsfeld 2007.jpg

By Daniel Schwen (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-2.5], via Wikimedia Commons


Photo Description:

Rapeseed field near Bavenhausen, Germany

Date: 29 April 2007

Tulip in Kiso Sansen National Government Park.jpg

By Alpsdake (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons


Photo Description:

Tulip in Kiso Sansen National Government Park

Date: 14 April 2011

Vrtbovská zahrada, dekor druhé parteru.JPG

By Juan de Vojníkov (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons


Photo Description:

Vrtba Garden – different parts, Prague, Lesser Quarter, Czech Republic.

Date: 16 September 2010


By Francisco Antunes (originally posted to Flickr as France Villandry) [CC-BY-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons


Photo Description:

The château de Villandry, gardens

Date: 25 April 2007, 11:14:17


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