It strikes me that if you look at anything close enough and for long enough, a pattern will emerge. Take this cauliflower for example:

I seldom get an opportunity to walk along the beach and when I do, apart from the waves, shells and seabirds, I am mesmerised by the patterns made by ripples in the shallow water:

I admire images of centuries old stone bridges as well as more modern concrete and steel bridges from abroad. Sometimes in this part of the world we have to make do with something more humble, like this flat wooden bridge:

For several years we had an angulate tortoise living in our garden – until he decided the time was right to seek a mate and he wandered off:

I also enjoy patterns seen in weathered rocks:

Lastly, this one may take you by surprise:

It was sent to me by a family member several years ago.


This standard farm fence borders one of my favourite views seen from the Highlands road. The view changes according to the light and the seasons; the tall aloe is a landmark and the flowers too change with the seasons.

The height of this fence along with the many close strands indicate that it borders a game farm and is designed to keep most wild animals within its perimeters. We have, however, seen a kudu sail over such a fence with ease.

This very sturdy fence at the Doornhoek Lookout Point in the Karoo National Park is designed with the safety of visitors in mind: it is too high for children to reach over – yet allows them a view – and too sturdy to be pushed over by adults, yet is a comfortable height for photographs to be taken over it. It is situated right on the edge of a spectacular precipice that can be viewed in safety.