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.



Zebras spring to mind as soon as I consider stripes in nature. As photogenic as they are, however, Zebras are not going to feature in this collection. This time the net has been cast a little wider.

This band of quartz intrusion in sandstone looks like a carefully laid mosaic.

The stripes in this rock have been polished smooth by the wave action of the sea.

This wood louse easily fits into the ‘stripes’ category.

Here is a Bar-throated Apalis.

The puff-adder sports a beautiful arrangement of stripes in its pattern.

Then there are the ‘stripes’ or wrinkles we show in our skin as we age. In this beloved dog, the gradual march of tiny white stripes (hairs) continued relentlessly as he aged.


At each emergence from the forest or turn of the corner along the Waterfall Day Trail path there are new scenes to delight the eye.

Below the level of the path are several rocky beaches.

Seascapes abound – each one seemingly more attractive than the other.

A closer look at the striations in the rocks gives one a clue to the tumultuous beginnings of this area.

At the end of the day there is the sunset over Ship Rock to look forward to.