The word ‘pattern’ is derived from the French word ‘patron’, which describes recurring elements.

Patterns aren't always created by humans. They occur in nature quite often, you just need to be conscious about them. Have a closer look at leaves, food, or even a bird's feathers. You'll be surprised of the beautiful patterns you can find!

By FallingHorse
— By FallingHorse —

These natural geometric patterns are what we are trying to capture for this contest. Go out in nature and finding a pattern that repeats itself at least 3 times. Whatever you pick, it cannot be man-made. The subject of your photo must be of natural origin.

If you are new to pattern photography, have a look at this excellent article. It contains inspirational examples and tons of tips and tricks to get the most out of your pattern photos.

Or have a look at this contest on Pxleyes from 11 years ago: Patterns of nature. This contest was won by user 'Fallinghorse'.

Good luck!

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Staaan

If you have any questions/suggestions/comments about this contest, reply to this comment!

Good luck! 👇

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Edlopez

So this has to be our photograph? taken by the author? Not just any photograph that is found? Just want to be clear on this.

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Staaan replied to Edlopez :

That is correct yes.

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Ginko created by user_1404149378336628739

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user_1404149378336628739

Sukanta Mukherjee

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Olga.L

B E A U T I F U L........from artistry of post, to technical elements this R O C K S....clearly showing the delightful patterns of the ginko leaves, manipulation of colour saturation makes this image sparkle. A winner in my eyes.

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user_1404149378336628739 replied to Olga.L :

Thank you for your beautiful comment and suggestion

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Vibeke

A beautiful photo of a Ginko.

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user_1404149378336628739 replied to Vibeke :

This is my favourite photo of Ginco

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classy.IN.STYLE

VERY NICE WIN

HOW DO I JOIN CONTEST

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Zizounai

Congrats for this beautiful photo. Is Sukanta Mukherjee your name? Well, I much prefer it to user_1404149378336628739 😁

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user_1404149378336628739 replied to Zizounai :

Yes myself Sukanta Mukherjee

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Staaan replied to user_1404149378336628739 :

What username would you like? I will set it for you.

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Sukanta12317 replied to Staaan :

Sukanta12317

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Sukanta12317 replied to self:

Any prizes

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Sukanta12317 replied to self:

Any reward for this contest

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Sukanta12317 replied to self:

Any reward for this contest

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Vibeke

Congratulations on First, a really beautiful photo.

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user_1404149378336628739 replied to Vibeke :

Thank you

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user_1404149378336628739 replied to self:

My name is Sukanta Mukherjee

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Vibeke replied to user_1404149378336628739 :

Hi Sukanta, nice to have you onboard, Where are you? I'm in Nelson, New Zealand.

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user_1404149378336628739 replied to Vibeke :

Hi thank you I am from Kolkata India

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Sukanta12317 replied to user_1404149378336628739 :

How can I get my reward

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Sukanta12317 replied to self:

How can I get my reward

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IEatRawEggs replied to Sukanta12317 :

You have received your gold award, it's visible on your profile.

We don't have monetary prizes in the contests, they are just for fun!

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Sukanta12317 replied to self:

How can I get my reward

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Sukanta12317 replied to self:

How can I get my reward

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Olga.L

magical....and congratulations on this win!

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user_1404149378336628739 replied to Olga.L :

Thank you

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Tulip created by Vibeke

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Olga.L

Simply splendid.....from the patterns shown to the elimination of background your prowess in photography and artistry is here for all of us to see and study and learn from. Excellent post, thank you very much for the inspiration.

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Vibeke replied to Olga.L :

Olga, thank you so much for your kind words.

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Zizounai

Congrats Vibeke. I liked your other tulip petals very much too.

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Vibeke replied to Zizounai :

Thank you Zizounai, I just fell in love with these strange looking tulips.

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Olga.L

Congrats to you on this win

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Vibeke replied to Olga.L :

Thank you so much Olga

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Peacock feather created by Zizounai

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Vibeke

Congratulations on 3rd. Place a beautiful feather.

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Zizounai replied to Vibeke :

Thanks Vibeke 😊

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Olga.L

Felicitations mi amiga.

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Zizounai replied to Olga.L :

Merci sweetie 😊

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Beatle leaf pattern created by zuna

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Curves created by Nilanjan

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Olga.L

Not only do you show patterns but also texture, what a find, and what a great eye you have. Love this in monochrome lovely tonal values with a bias to low key. In post-processing you could have eliminated those three sticks in the upper L (viewer's L) hand side for it would have made a cleaner photograph...but that is neither here nor there and your image is quite excellent.

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Peacock of Sri Lanka

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Marleen's Colourful Spirit created by Olga.L

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Zizounai

I loved this one, the photo and the title as well... undervoted 😉

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Marleen

Great photo, but I don't understand the title.

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Olga.L replied to Marleen :

trying to be philosophical. It didn't work. I changed the title.

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Fungus Among Us created by Olga.L

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Marleen

Beautiful and mysterious.

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Olga.L replied to Marleen :

Thank you Marleen.

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Vibeke

Realy beautiful.

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Olga.L replied to Vibeke :

Thank you, Vibeke.

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Afloat created by MyMindsEye

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Skyangel

This is an interesting entry and the leaf pattern looks great with the water on it. It looks like it is floating in a yellow bowl and the shadowed areas look orange but I am most curious as to how you achieved that background effect which makes the glowing shadow of the floating leaf look vastly different to the actual leaf. Is it a composite of two different photos which has been photoshopped into one?

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Olga.L replied to Skyangel :

This post has me baffled (a good thing). The shadow of the leaf does not match the leaf itself for the shadow has frilled edges and the floating leaf is smooth. Furthermore, the shadow at the base has a very large bulge and the leaf itself is slender with a long nib. The nib in the shadow is short. How did you shoot this? The patterns on the leaf are nicely in focus.

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MyMindsEye replied to Skyangel :

Thanks for the comment.
No it is not a composite nor altered.
This leaf was placed in a bowl of water placed outside in the late morning sunlight.
Multiple shots, hand held, were taken from different angles capturing natural effects. The glow is simply a reflection of the sun through the water shadowed by the leaf.
This was best of 5 angles in that it contained all the interesting elements of bubbles, shadows, halos as well as enhancing the details leaf itself.
I dont often do setups as I like spontaneity and candid images. But this was setup in my spontaneous sort of way. Glad it caught your eye! Mission accomplished! :D

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Skyangel replied to MyMindsEye :

Can you please explain how the shadow of a leaf with smooth edges ends up having frilled edges? The shadow looks like it is a shadow from a different leaf.

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MyMindsEye replied to Skyangel :

My best guess!..... shadow distortion caused by the sun's angle across the top of the leaf.
Science of nature beyond my ability to explain. ;)

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Skyangel replied to MyMindsEye :

Thank you for your reply. I was so curious about the effect, I asked Google and discovered it is all about surface tension. Where an object touches the water, the water is obviously depressed in that area and causes round shadows due to the depressed water. The back of the leaf is obviously touching the water differently in different areas and causing bulbous shadows where it is depressing the water the most.

Here is another example ... http://thumbpress.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/cool-spider-water-floating-tension1.jpg.

It has made me want to try to effect myself so I can hardly wait for a nice sunny day. Thank you for the inspiration and your very unique creative work. It gives the illusion of a composite but I now believe it is not. I apologise for my skeptism.

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MyMindsEye replied to Skyangel :

No apologies necessary.
Good luck with YOUR efforts! :D

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Olga.L

This post has me baffled (a good thing). The shadow of the leaf does not match the leaf itself for the shadow has frilled edges and the floating leaf is smooth. Furthermore, the shadow at the base has a very large bulge and the leaf itself is slender with a long nib. The nib in the shadow is short. How did you shoot this? The patterns on the leaf are nicely in focus.

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MyMindsEye replied to Olga.L :

Thanks for the comment.
No it is not a composite nor altered,
This leaf was placed in a bowl of water placed outside in the late morning sunlight.
Multiple shots, hand held, were taken from different angles capturing natural effects. The glow is simply a reflection of the sun through the water shadowed by the leaf and is a bit of an optical illusion and quite accidental.
This was the best of 5 angles in that it contained all the interesting elements of bubbles, shadows, halos as well as enhancing the details leaf itself.
I dont often do setups as I like spontaneity and candid images. But this was setup in my spontaneous sort of way. Glad it peaked your curiosity! :D

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Olga.L replied to MyMindsEye :

Thank you for the explanation accidents often make the image!

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Leaf pattern with bubbles created by Rajat

Macro photography with iphone+apexel lens

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Palm Leaf created by Wayne-Cheah

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Marleen avatarLevel 12
Marleen

Beautifully done.

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Wayne-Cheah replied to Marleen :

Thanks.

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Olga.L

Sharp as a pin and thoughtfully composed. Green is very soothing to the eye as are the repeat patterns.

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Wayne-Cheah replied to Olga.L :

Thanks.

I was fortunate to find a leave without blemishes, (like breaks, dark spots, scratches, etc,), which are not normal in Nature.

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Olga.L replied to Wayne-Cheah :

There is always the spot healing brush 😊

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Digitally Designed Fish created by Wayne-Cheah

The pattern on this fish looks like a maze where you start from the mouth and end at the tail?

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Marleen

Fish are always beautifully patterned, especially this one. Would you get out of the maze?

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Wayne-Cheah replied to Marleen :

Thanks for your comment.

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Fern created by Zizounai

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Olga.L

This is such a gentle and soothing upload and makes me feel like I'm deep in a forest. Nice portrait crop giving this fern a noble fee. I do think it could have been just a tad sharper. Have your tried the high pass filter in editing? Just pull it up to about 8 pixels and then overlay it and you will see that it will pop. If the background pops too much you can mask it out. A thoughtful post...that I enjoyed viewing, thank you.

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Zizounai replied to Olga.L :

Thank you Olga 😊I tried to add some artificial sharpness to the leaf, but I prefer it like it is, with its dreamy nature.

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Paper Wasp Hive created by kyricom

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Tulip petals created by Vibeke

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Olga.L

Colorful and eye-catching showing textures of petals. Had we seen the tulip with repeat of pattern the entry would have been stronger. Nonetheless, this post is eye candy and would do well in a colours are everywhere contest.

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Vibeke replied to Olga.L :

Thank you

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Genuine White Fragility created by MyMindsEye

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Insect's pattern created by Tahrat_23

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Pinwheel Plant created by oleysslo

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A Single Snowflake created by kyricom

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Marleen avatarLevel 12
Marleen

Very beautiful. I am a layman in photography and wonder how you can photograph a snowflake like this.

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kyricom replied to Marleen :

It has to be a light, floating snowfall. Then, I put a black card on a stool, so I can move the card around to be under the camera set up with a macro lens on a tripod pointing down. Have the camera pre-focused on the card, and set on "spot exposure." When a good flake falls nice and flat, you slide the card under the camera and take a shot before it melts. It's fun. :-)

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Olga.L replied to kyricom :

Thank you for explaining this technique, it sounds labour intensive...but fun. I wonder how many times you did this before you got it !

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kyricom replied to Olga.L :

It doesn't take that long to set up. And once it's set up it's pretty easy. I stayed out about an hour, but have a couple of dozen shots that are "keepers."

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Pizzazz created by Olga.L

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Bandit created by ShannonS

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A Chambered Nautilus created by kyricom

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Olga.L

Please provide EXIF for this image.

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kyricom replied to Olga.L :

Why do you want the EXIF?

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Olga.L replied to kyricom :

Would like to know lens used, camera, shutter, speed....to learn from you.

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kyricom replied to Olga.L :

I use kind of an uncommon camera, so I'll be happy to post the info after the contest is over to help maintain anonymity. Thanks.

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Olga.L replied to kyricom :

No problem ....what lens did you use for that macro?

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kyricom replied to Olga.L :

I don't get on my PC (where I store my photos) that often, but was on tonight. So, here's the info - It was my 55mm portrait lens, set on f5.6, 1/200 sec, with "spot exposure."

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Olga.L replied to kyricom :

Thank you for that info. I appreciate it and use spot exposure often with my 50 mm prime for macro. Using a tripod helps too but I neglect to haul it around with me.

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Passion flower created by demi

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Marleen avatarLevel 12
Marleen

The passion flower is one of my favorite flowers, because of its subtle leaves. The beautiful colors come into their own here.

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Olga.L

Nicely caught, the repetition of patterns is clearly seen with this beautiful post.

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Bitter Gourd created by Wayne-Cheah

Why would Nature design something ugly looking and bitter as well, and yet humans eat it ?

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Olga.L avatarLevel 17
Olga.L

Changed to monochrome makes the patterns of the bitter gourd pop out at us. Tight crop and sharp we are pulled into your post that oozes with secrets.

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Wayne-Cheah replied to Olga.L :

Thanks for the observation.

Yes, the original color is of course green which would make it instantly recognizable as bitter gourds. Making it monochrome would make the viewer take a second look.

At first glance it looks like some Alien fetal pod about to burst open giving birth to baby alien creatures.

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Marleen

I think a gourd is a very special thing. I looked up what they are used for: in Europe mainly as decoration, in Africa to make pots and water pitchers. Nice photo by the way.

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Wayne-Cheah replied to Marleen :

I think you mistook this for Calabash, or bottle gourd.

This bitter gourd is also called "bitter melon" and is eaten as a vegetable.

Thanks for the comment.

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Parachute Fungi created by Vibeke

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Olga.L

A top-notch post showing detail of patterns clearly and I love that web at the base. You have cropped it tightly so that our eyes do not stray and the point of view is excellent. This also would look good in monochrome but the colour here is leaning towards warm and is a very pleasing post to study. You have shown us the beauty of this little fungus. Thank you.

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Marleen

How can a fungus be so beautiful? How did you manage to photograph it so beautifully?

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Stars created by Wayne-Cheah

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Olga.L

Love the feeling I get when looking at this post....one can almost hear a song of nature and the little pops of colour make this magical. Congrats to you for seeing beauty everywhere.

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Wayne-Cheah replied to Olga.L :

Thanks for the sensitive observation. Yes, each little "star" seems to have a story to tell you. The stars may look alike at a glance, but look closely and you will see subtle differences between them, each with its own "personality"

This small patch of leaves were actually stumbled upon under a small bridge, tucked away in a corner. The little stars just caught my eye. Never did find out the name of this plant.

The funny thing is the little red flowers were below the leaves as if of a lesser importance. Usually flowers take center stage in plants.

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Olga.L replied to Wayne-Cheah :

These beautiful flowers and "stars" are the Nasturtium Plant.....AND THEY ARE EDIBLE. They taste peppery. I'm trying to upload a photo of a salad made with Nasturtium but am not having success.

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Wayne-Cheah replied to Olga.L :

Great! Now I know their name. Thanks!

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Marleen

I know this plant too, with its shy hidden flowers, but I don't know the name either. I searched the internet, but didn't find it. By the way, beautiful photo, for me it radiates simplicity and tranquility.

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Olga.L replied to Marleen :

Marleen, not only can you now make Borscht you can also make a salad out of these flowers and 'stars'....this is the Nasturtium plant and are very edible! ☺️

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Wayne-Cheah replied to Marleen :

Thanks for the Heart Award. Much appreciated.

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New Skin created by grasshopper1

New back yard plant leaf.

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Tuna Crab created by MyMindsEye

Commonly called "red crabs" because of their orange to red color. Also have been referred to as "tuna crabs." There are 5 zoeal stages characterized by large eyes, a long serrated rostrum, and elongate postero-lateral carapace spines. It is not a true crab.

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Algae created by Zizounai

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Olga.L

Only found in New Zealand and this sharper than sharp image makes the viewer stare and wonder at the beauty you found. Take care with that background as it looks unfinished. You have some seepage from a soft brush used onto the edges of the shell more so on the right-hand section of the image. Use your spot healing brush to eliminate sensor dust. A stellar find for this contest.

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Vibeke replied to Olga.L :

Thank you Olga, the soft edges are DOF, the shell is only 5cm at the widest part and 3cm tall.

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Stacked Wood created by MyMindsEye

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Olga.L

This is a lovely photo of textures...the bark of a tree. Nice and sharp with natural and not overcooked colour. I can touch this photo and feel it!

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MyMindsEye replied to Olga.L :

Thank you, Olga.
P.S. Not responsible for splinters. ;D

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Olga.L replied to MyMindsEye :

Owwwwwww ch

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Fallen created by Olga.L

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aurelia butterfly created by demi

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A pinecone. :) created by ShariG

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Never seen a pine cone like this. Thought it was a date at first.

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Frosty Autumn Morning created by kyricom

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Marleen

When I saw this photo my first reaction was a sincere wooohw. Beautiful colors and special with that ice layer.

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kyricom replied to Marleen :

Thank you

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"Hello" created by grasshopper1

I took a couple pics of this flower as it was hanging out the back of a pick up truck.It seemed to be saying "Hello" when I passed by.

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Olga.L

You are so right! I think it looks like a happy face emoji....what a find. Lovely natural colour saturation and the repeat of patterns clearly seen with a tight crop. It could have been sharper especially around the "eyes" of the face, but it is a photo that brings a smile to our faces.

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grasshopper1 replied to Olga.L :

Thank you Olga. Unfortunately all I had at the time was a camera phone that decided to start acting up on me. The eyes are bugs.They just so happen to take up shop at those locations on the flower. Pretty cool.

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Beautiful Nature created by Nilanjan

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ID- Dandeilions created by Rajat

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Nature's Patterns created by Olga.L

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Suckling Flies created by grasshopper1

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Flesh Spirals created by Wayne-Cheah

It didn't occur to me that the flesh of this fish, (a mackerel), has a spiral pattern.

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Marleen

A very original and brilliant idea.

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Wayne-Cheah replied to Marleen :

Thanks for the comment.

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Olga.L

Tightly cropped and in focus, this image pulls us in and I will never look at fish in the same way again! You have found the beauty of nature's patterns in the flesh of fish!

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Wayne-Cheah replied to Olga.L :

Thanks for the comment.

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Unspecified specimen created by Nilanjan

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Caterpillar or green worm created by aipics

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Calabash Leaf created by LutfaRahman

Calabash leaves repeat the same pattern again and again. Each leaf is symmetric to the vertical axis or the midrib or the main vein.

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Cactus created by Edlopez

I'm not a photographer by any means. But here is my first try, using Macro. Practice makes perfect so I heard

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Olga.L

Welcome to the world of macro where the smallest of the smallest can be seen at the largest! Where little bugs come out looking like armored killers. You will have fun and I see you have a great photographer's eye to see the patterns of this cactus. You have kept the crop tight and filled the entire frame with pricks and have kept the colour natural! I like the diffused lighting you used. Look on the margin on the L (viewer's L) see that pop of background showing...you could have chopped that off to make for a cleaner photograph. Overall the photograph needs to be sharper ....sharp as a cacti prick! Do use your DMF or MF and don't be shy to step back from your subject as you are focusing....take many shots...you are in the digital age....rejoice!

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Edlopez replied to Olga.L :

So far I only know how to use Auto, and Zoom in with a lens. I wish I was more knowledgeable on how to use the camera. But I'm just a beginner.

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Olga.L replied to Edlopez :

Try using Digital Manual Focus....that is when the camera focuses for you but you have the ability to go in deeper and sharpen it....MF ......with Manual Focus the focusing is all up to you. Try it today....just set the camera on spot focus mode and then do some focusing manually.....it's fun. Enjoy the ride....we are all beginners by the way :-)

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Skyangel

Macro photography is a challenge even for the best photographers. The following site might be very helpful to you when it comes to focusing on small objects. When you don't have a moving subject, you can take a series of shots with your camera on manual focus while you move closer to the subject and you will end up with different areas in focus so you could pick the best out of them or focus stack them for a greater DOF.
https://photographylife.com/how-to-focus-in-macro-photography
https://www.naturettl.com/how-to-focus-stack-macro-photos-in-the-field/#:~:text=How%20Do%20You%20Focus%20Stack,little%20wider%20to%20about%20f5.

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Edlopez replied to Skyangel :

Thankyou I checked out your links, very helpful information.

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flower created by demi

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Olga.L avatarLevel 17
Olga.L

Ahhh the very edible echinacea, have you tried it in your salad? The focus on this image is soft giving it a dreamy appearance. It is nice to see the repeat of patterns in the Fibonacci sequence.

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demi replied to Olga.L :

thank you no I haven't eaten it yet

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Olga.L replied to demi :

It's usually the leaves that are harvested for Echinacea tea....good for cold and flu season (but the vaccine is better ha).

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Marleen

What beautiful flower is this? A magriet? Very nice colors!

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demi replied to Marleen :

thank you it is a Echinacea flower

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Natural Design created by Nilanjan

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Natural Wonder created by Nilanjan

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Fern created by aipics

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Basil Flower created by LutfaRahman

Basil flowers on a stem are symmetric bilaterally.

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Ballet created by ShannonS

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kyricom

Pretty nice catch, but the water mark makes it a little less anonymous entry. :-)

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Damselfly created by aipics

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Dragonfly wings created by aipics

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Skyangel

The pattern is interesting but its a shame its not in focus.

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aipics replied to Skyangel :

Im sorry im just using a cheap lens and i just took this few days ago and still learning in macro photography.

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Olga.L replied to aipics :

Keep up the journey and we look forward to your future posts!

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aipics replied to Olga.L :

Thank you very much!

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Olga.L replied to Skyangel :

I agree with Skyangel that this is out of focus.

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aipics replied to Olga.L :

Thank you for the reactions. I am begginer and was taken few days ago. More practice for me. Thank you!

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kyricom

Nice one.

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aipics replied to kyricom :

Thank you!

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WALKING PARACHUTES created by marsun26

Taken at our backyard 06.23.2021 using an average smartphone without the use of any filter.

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Olga.L

You have seen "nature's patterns" in this mushroom choir. Had you changed it to monochrome our eyes would not have been attracted to the blue pop of colour. The focus could be sharper and a different crop would have strengthened the photo. Remember that white or very bright objects always catch our attention first and the white mushroom in the foreground steals the beauty from the photo. I do like your POV which adds strength to the shot....and the title is great!

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marsun26 replied to Olga.L :

Hi Olga.
Thanks.
The pic was taken at night that gives a touch of monochrome, there isn’t any filter or crop applied on this photo. You're right the blue plastic scrapped and white mush ruined it haha! I appreciate the feedback, happy you'd like POV and the title 🥰 ..

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Dragonfly created by aipics

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Olga.L

Uh ohhhhh your title says Dragonfly Eye but what is it that is in focus? It looks to me like your focus is on the spindles on the leg all else is blurry.

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aipics replied to Olga.L :

Thank you for your reactions. My title is wrong,should not put "eye". Forgive me too if its bad quality,im enthusiast photographer and still learning.

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Olga.L replied to aipics :

Welcome aboard. We look forward to your future shots!

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aipics replied to Olga.L :

Thank you so much❤

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Edlopez replied to aipics :

Wow impressing, what did you use a microscope. I had no idea cameras would take such closeups.

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aipics replied to Edlopez :

I used macro lens bought online.

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aipics replied to Edlopez :

Thank you so much❤

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Entry without name created by LutfaRahman

This wavy-shaped thing rises from the Calabash stem. It behaves exactly like springs.

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