Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Patterns

This spring, I visited Bhutan, and met so many fantastic people and a landscape so different from ours in Scandinavia. Harmony – this is the word describing it best.

I eagerly noticed all the patterns in people’s lives – in clothes, buildings, decorations, religious paintings and habits…as well as patterns in Nature herself. Like the pattern in the header – the mules and horses trotting in a row – while the lines of the landscape, the roads, paths and fences, create natural frames.

I often try to find and capture the less obvious patterns, noticing that colours are not that important to make you see the pattern or structure itself.

But in most cases colours make an obvious difference, natural colours as well as man made ones.

Either you can find patterns in a sweeping landscape or cityscape or you can look at the little details. Any way, you will find that almost everything consists of just – patterns. Moreover, in our human society, they often have a ritual or symbolic meaning.

Among the most interesting patterns must be languages. When a language is written in beautiful pictures or letters – their special patterns will give them yet another meaning. Magical, isn’t it?


Life is beautiful in so many ways – and patterns are a big part of it. So, for this week’s challenge, share your interpretation of patterns— open your eyes and find new ones! In you own home, outdoors, man made or natural… Use your curiosity and creativity!

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Have you seen these?

Great diversity, from Abrie Joubert of Abrie Dink Hardop

Henry Lee of Fotoeins Fotografie

Storm coming in from the sea, from Suzanne of Being in Nature


Thank you for joining the challenge and have an inspiring week!

196 comments on “Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Patterns

    • Well – thank you for this fantastic praise – we have all tried hard, and what lovely reward! So glad you found inspiration, and that is what you have given us as well! Thank you again!

  1. Good morning everybody!

    It’s Saturday and I’m not sure if this is the last day for patterns – oh, this week went too quick for this subject 🙂

    I reedited last evening a post on low tide at Peggy’s Cove, a place in Atlantic Canada, full of some unique patterns, and posted in a hurry, so I don’t miss the opportunity…


    I may correct some of the text a little later, but what’s important are the photos and the PATTERNS – right? I wish this challenge will continue FOREVER!!!

    Thank you again!

  2. So many comments Ann Christine! Patterns are so well-loved. I particularly like your horses, they remind me very much of the dairy cows which make their way along a track to be milked that I can see from my window. A very linear pattern 🙂
    My patterns are from nature and appear in this post about a beach I recently visited. I love to study the patterns in the sand and in the rocks. I hope you will enjoy the post.

    • I am glad you enjoyed them – and I truly enjoyed your colourful contribution! I tend to look at glass windows – without looking closely. Thank you for showing us close-ups and revealing all their intricate patterns.

  3. […] Fall up in the hills above Merritt, BC. Winter at Whistler.Spring at Banff.Now to summer at the Rock Carvings Site in Tanum, Sweden, an UNESCO World Heritage Centre.This is their prediction of what a Nordic Bronze Age house must have looked like; its inner walls lined with Birch bark in an alternating pattern of inner and outer bark.I folded some Birch bark ages ago to reveal the colour differences between the white outer bark and sienna coloured inner bark – since they were from 9700 years ago I guess they beat me to it! This photo is just the white outer bark of one of the panels just because it looked like an abstract watercolour with wonderful variations in the patterning of the two strips.And now for more bark patterns from different types of Birch trees. Banff again. At the university.I turned this one sideways as I preferred it aesthetically.Cahir, Ireland. And finally, as this is an art blog, I have layered one of the Tanum site walls over the stand of Birch trees in Banff. I see a lot more birch tree paintings in my future!More of the Len-Artists Photo Challenge: Patterns. […]

    • Thank you – me too. I find those picture languages so wonderfully artistic and beautiful. But it must be very difficult to learn all those strokes and pictures. When I was young I tried my hands on some of them.

  4. A great theme this week Leya so many possibilities. You have led us off with an intriguing set of patterns. I’m looking forward to going out with my camera today looking for patterns. I’ll be back later….

  5. […] Patterns and shapes are everywhere in Nature.  Today, we visited Belvedere House and Gardens in Co Westmeath.  Once a country villa, Belvedere is now owned and managed by the local council. You can visit the house, enjoy lovely woodland walks and a fairy garden. But for me the highlight was the walled garden. There was a small vegetable garden, an ornamental pond, fruit trees and some beautiful flowers beds. Here colour, shapes and patterns blended and did everything to please the eye. […]

  6. […] At the National Museum of Denmark in Copenhagen projectiles of worked flint stone are arranged in patterns.And again I’ll let my dad caption these tools, also in the National Museum of Denmark: “The family went picnicking in the old Ford wagon, most often to Ristinge Klint. The klints (cliffs) had many kinds of flint in various colours, a big trade item in the Stone Age five thousand years ago.” Subtle and beautiful swirls of ochre and grey in a large chunk of flint.While we were in Denmark my cousin took me to a beach near her place in Odense to look for fossils. I was fascinated by the subtle wave pattern within the flint and the contrast of black and white between the coated and exposed stones. I also find the soft sheen of the exposed flint in contrast to its chalky white coating inspiring.Per Kirkeby, a Danish artist is interested in geology and natural environments, and it shows in this mural of flint stones that he painted on the ceiling of the new library extension (aka the Black Diamond) in Copenhagen, Denmark. I was about to do some paintings of flint but it seems he beat me to it!More of the Len-Artists Photo Challenge: Patterns. […]

  7. Thank you for the honor of mentioning my post Leya. Actually I am so honored I will mention all your names. Leya-Anne-Christine-Leya. (your name – your actual name remains a mystery to me 🙂 )

    • Thank you, Patty! I think many of us love patterns – I am so looking forward to seeing what everyone comes up with. I hope for many different entries!

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