Beauty in the Ordinary

This is not about being brilliant, or extraordinary, it's not about wanting to be famous, or making headlines, or trying to impress...this about sharing a 'gift' each day with the lift the spirit of people when they read this blog, to show them the beauty in the ordinary.
"And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don't believe in magic will never find it." Raold Dahl

Friday, November 12, 2010


This week's photo challenge from Chania at Razmataz
is Pattern

Patterns in nature are overwhelmingly governed by a clever mathmatical equation called
The Golden Mean, or The Golden Ration or Divine Proportion.

Essentially this:

and it appears in the pattern of everthing from the nautilus shell,

to the segments of a grapefruit.

It's found in the patterns of design in Notre Dame,

the parthenon

and even in Da Vinci's Last Supper.

Charles-Édouard JeanneretLe Corbusier, the Swiss architect and designer is said to have adhered closely to this pattern when designing his furniture.

I know this is a photo-challenge, so to make it a legitimate entry the last photo is mine, taken in the kitchen of our house in Florida.

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  1. Thank you so much for getting to the nitty gritty of pattern. I like how you see the pattern in things that are not patterns.

    Where is your place in Florida. We are looking there for a place and I am interested in what areas people like.

  2. Those grapefruit look like it could be tasty!

    You have shown me to look more closely to see pattern even in the most unusual places.

  3. Gosh J. Love your patterns - very impressed!

  4. We are in on a golf course in Ft. Myers Chania. It's about 40 minutes from the beach, so really isn't like being on the coast (I read you are looking to replace your Canadian beach house for a Florida one.)
    It's just about as far north as you want to be to get the winter-long warm weather. Any further north than where we are and you cross the sub-tropical weather line and Jan and Feb (when most Canadians are looking to be south) can be chilly!

  5. Jacqueline, Don't you just love how everything can have a mathematical explanation. My dad would have loved your post! And your Florida home is lovely - we are in landlocked Orlando. Ann

  6. I love your post! Pattern IS everywhere!

    COOL rug in your Florida home!

    happy day!

  7. I forgot to say...that I also love what you wrote in your left column "Beauty in the Ordinary".

  8. I know this is true but I prefer to think "magic" rather than "math." Great examples!


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