The chill of patterns

February 9, 2018

If you’ve been to my blog before you know I tend to lean toward color photos versus black and white.  Weekly, though, I love to participate in Cee’s Black & White challenge.  Looking back through the color photos and testing them to see if they look cool in black & white expands one’s photography skills.

A great deal of creativity is about pattern recognition, and what you need to discern patterns is tons of data.  Your mind collects that data by taking note of random details and anomalies easily seen every day; quirks and changes that, eventually, add up to insights. – Margaret Heffernan

It’s a bit easier to roll with outside patterns in black & white in the winter.  The coverage of snow simplifies the choices of colors in the view.  But damn…it’s been mighty cold outside, so a view looking out from my window is gonna have to do!

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Creativity involves breaking out of established patterns in order to look at things in a different way. – Edward de Bono

Copper always creates patterns in the snow as he searches for the perfect spot to do his job.  This morning, when I first let him out, I smelled scents of a cat who succeeded in leaving an aromatic treasure in the house.  It wasn’t like the joy of smelling the freshly brewed coffee upstairs in the kitchen, but if you own an aging cat, you’re inclined to celebrate any signs of success versus blockage.  But I digress…sometimes, okay, a lot maybe!?!

I glanced out to see Copper shivering as he struggled to do his job in the subzero poop zone.  It was too cold for the poor little pup, instead, he did his quick-catch-some-grass-slivers-while-dragging-my-butt-across-the-icy-yard-thing and shook his bootie right back in the house.

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Nature uses only the longest threads to weave her patterns so that each small piece of her fabric reveals the organization of the entire tapestry. – Richard P. Feynman

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I’m leaning toward believing that there is some strange trick of nature being played on us with the cold streak we’ve been having here in Wisconsin.  When, oh, when will the frigid cold break?

I wish I knew for sure, but then, I’d miss seeing surprises of winter along the way.  Like ocean waves in the yard.  Or is that delusion?  I’m not quite sure, it happens I hear when you have cabin fever…?

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Sometimes we look at patterns, and we look at things that are happening, and sometimes you can’t dismiss everything as a conspiracy. – Tomi Lahren

We Up Northers know eventually the snow will melt, the grass will sprout, and we’ll be complaining about the extreme heat of July.  One week or so a year, yes, we do that, we complain.

Nobody knows the future with certainty.  We can, however, identify ongoing patterns of change. – Alvin Toffler

In the meantime, our stay in the house homebodies shall soak up the rays of heat in the comfort of the perfect sunbathing spots.  Creating patterns on the floor, and enjoying each precious moment that we’re alive, breathing, and content in our world.

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We can glance outside to enjoy the beauty of natures patterns we know to be true.

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And maybe venture out a time or two to catch snowflakes on our tongues while we curse the relentless chill.

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What is your favorite way to curse the chill?  Or are you brave and venture out it in no matter what temperature it is?  

 

 

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By Shelley

Letting my quirk out one post at a time.

15 Comments

  1. Reply

    Bakshi Ji

    Patterns made by Nature are far better in beauty than man-made patterns but both have their own significance and importance . Therefore , existence of both is necessary.

    1. Reply

      Shelley

      So true, Bakshi! Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

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        Bakshi Ji

        Welcome mam 🙂

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    Christine Lehman

    Beautiful, and love the black & white! Well, Ilive southern California so we don’t get as bone-chillingly cold as you “Up Northers.” However, occasionally the temps dip down into the 30s, and then I usually brew up some hot tea, wrap myself in a quilt, sit by the window and pretend it’s snowing. There’s always a first time!

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      Shelley

      Aw, Christine, thank you! Sounds like a perfect way to cuddle up to the 30’s! We might just see people in shorts when we get to the 30’s here ;-)! Thank you for stopping by and for sharing your thoughts!!

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    leanneesilver

    Lovely winter photos

    1. Reply

      Shelley

      Thank you, Leanne! 🙂

  4. Reply

    Cee Neuner

    Your pattern photos are great. 😀 😀

    1. Reply

      Shelley

      Thank you, Cee!! 🙂

  5. Reply

    nomaddernomadder

    Great photos. I always love the snow on the trees in black and white, it’s so dramatic.
    Donna

    1. Reply

      Shelley

      Thank you, Donna. I agree snow-covered trees are so gorgeous. Thank you for stopping by to share your thoughts, hope you have a great day!

  6. Reply

    singlikewildflowers

    I like to play around with photo filters too and see how some look in black and white. It immediately changes the tone and presence of the photo. maybe it’s only my view but black and white seem melancholic to me even though it’s not. strange how the mind works.
    love your photos and quotes!! thanks for sharing. hope it gets warmer there soon.

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      Shelley

      I’ve only just recently discovered how to use filters. I agree b&w does change the tone and presence of the images. I was thinking the same thing about melancholy and my photos on this post. There’s probably a bit of truth behind it! Thank you for sharing your thoughts and for stopping by. I hear it is going to get warmer. 🙂

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        singlikewildflowers

        Hi Shelley, I hope you didn’t think I thought your photos were melancholic. I was commenting on how I feel about it generally. Thank you for replying to my comments! Have a great weekend and looking forward to reading more of your posts!

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          Shelley

          Hi! No worries, when you mentioned how you felt, I could relate :-)! Thank you for sharing, and for reading and for commenting! Hope you have a great weekend too.

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