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PATTERNS IN NATURE

Patterns in nature are visible regularities of form found in the natural world. These patterns recur in different contexts and can sometimes be modelled mathematically. Natural patterns include symmetries, trees, spirals, meanders, waves, foams, tessellations, cracks and stripes. (Wikipedia)

The above photograph was taken of tidal water on sand. This is a once only photograph as the next time the tide recedes the pattern and depending on weather, the colour may change also.

You may notice that the texture in the above photograph taken in Alaska, is very smooth and this is because for thousands of years, this rock has had tons of ice in the form of a glacier sliding across it and in it’s travel has managed to form this beautiful pattern.

Once again we have pattern in rock, this time it’s sandstone and over time, nature through compression, water and wind has formed a natural pattern.

The above image was taken of a section of a leaf which in itself was not all that spectacular. However, by photographing a certain portion it became a contemporary piece of photographic art and if framed, could look quite presentable on a living room wall or as a pattern in material.

This last photograph is yet another example of a natural pattern formed by nature, this time in the bark of a tree.

I have tried to illustrate in this post that there are natural patterns everywhere around you whether it is on a beach, a forrest, the sky or anywhere else nature can be seen and appreciated.

Stay safe and enjoy your surroundings.

My photographs can also be found on Instagram – jimmybee2

Jimmy Bee

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NORTH HAVEN, S.A.

“One should be empty, open, choiceless as a beach waiting for a gift from the sea. The sea once it casts it’s spell, holds one in it’s net of wonder forever. I love the beach. I love the sea.”……Anonymous.

https://www.brainyquote.com/topics/sea-quotes

This was my first glimpse of North Haven beach. It could quite easily have been a picture on a wall but it wasn’t, it was the view through a picture window overlooking the dunes and the beach to the ocean and it only gets better. I believe the collective of owners, so as to preserve the native flora, use the one track to gain entrance to the beach.

The Position of the house we were staying in was nestled between the small boat harbour on one side and the entrance to Port Adelaide on the other which meant there was quite a lot of activity happening on the water.

North Haven beach is both long and wide with beautiful sand and crystal clear water lapping the shore.

The time to walk along this beach is sunset. Great for photography as well.

On either end of the beach are walls of rough hewn sandstone rocks revealing an array of colourful natural patterns. This is one example.

If you are disenchanted with your lot at present, you could consider moving to Adelaide in South Australia where you have some very nice beaches, bike and walking paths, vineyards, universities and reasonably priced housing. I would certainly consider North Haven Beach which is positioned some 20 minutes from Adelaide’s CBD. This may prove to be the best decision you ever made.

Interesting site to look at – https://www.whereis.com/sa/north-haven-5018

Live well and stay safe.

Jimmy Bee

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AMAZING!

Photograph courtesy of Gavin Becker a friend and riding buddy.

You may well ask “Why is this amazing?”

It is amazing because for the last 10 years, I have been cycling along this trail once a fortnight and have never witnessed this phenomenon. Hundreds of cone shaped spider webs on a patch of low lying reeds on the shoreline. The trees on the top left of the photograph are mangroves and on the other side is Moreton Bay, Queensland, Australia.

Pt. Halloran conservation area
Pt. Halloran looking towards Victoria Point.

In it’s own right, this trail between Cleveland and Redland Bay is a very pretty ride where, one minute you can be riding in a forest and the next, alongside water lapping the foreshore.

Pt. Halloran under fog.

This morning however, riding conditions were very different, the area was enveloped in heavy fog making riding a slow process. It is quite unusual for the area to experience fog that alone heavy fog and it got me thinking whether this change in weather triggered the phenomenon shown in the photograph. If anybody out there can set me straight, I would be pleased to hear from you.

My mind went into heavy overdrive due to the fact that I have been riding this route for over ten years and in all that time there could have been a colony of living things with hundred of inhabitants going about their business less than a metre away and I was totally unaware of it, “how deaf we hear, how blind we see”. That is what I found to be so amazing!

Be aware of and remain inspired by nature.

If you have the time please see Jimmy Bee 2 on Instagram for more photographs of various subjects.

Jimmy Bee

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A RITUAL TO BEHOLD

“Ritual cuts through and operates on everything besides the “head” level….Aiden Kelly

Turtles makin little turtles in Moreton Bay, Qld.

The animal kingdom completely ignores humans in the wild. We’re in their territory and they will go about their business where and whenever they like showing not the slightest inhibition what so ever. When the time’s right it just happens. After all, the species must continue.

2 turtles mating off Southern end of Macleay Island, Qld.

I felt quite the voyeur when witnessing the mating antics of these two turtles whilst kayaking off Macleay Island , even though I was the interloper.

Mating turtles in soft focus

This was no quick affair as the ritual went on for some time and I’d wager that the male would have been completely knackered by the time it was over and probably rolled onto his back and went to sleep!

This image bis courtesy of Unsplash free photographs

I have included the above photograph merely to indicate the size of the turtles I photographed in action. They are majestic creatures which unfortunately fall prey not only to nature but also to boat propellers passing above them.

“Despite being protected, dugongs and marine turtles can be legally hunted by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people under section 211 of the Native Title Act 1993, which operates to protect the rights of Indigenous peoples with a native title right to hunt, gather, collect and fish or conduct a cultural or spiritual activity. The traditional or subsistence hunting of dugongs and turtles plays an important social and cultural role for coastal aborigines in many parts of northern Australia and the meat provides a source of protein for these communities.” For further reference see link below – https://kb.rspca.org.au/knowledge-base/is-it-legal-to-hunt-protected-species-such-as-marine-turtles-and-dugongs/

C’est la vie,

Jimmy Bee

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IT NEVER GOES AWAY!

“The soldier above all prays for peace, for it is the soldier who must suffer and bear the deepest wounds and scars of war.”…..Douglas MacArthur

The above painting “After Afghanistan” by Ben Quilty (Australian War Memorial )

really tells the story without uttering a single word.

THE NEVER ENDING STORY

It’s not the bullet, shell or I.E.D. that kills you

it is the awaiting of the inevitable

day in day out it never goes away

even when it’s over

it’s there to haunt you

day in day out it never goes away

Your dreams are not of love and beauty

but of barren landscapes with not a drop of water to be seen

just blood, flesh and more blood

day in day out it never goes away

The terrifying screams of the wounded

the explosives and whack of the bullet 

that hits the wall near your head

day in day out it never goes away

The fear that wells up inside you 

as you pass through the gates of the compound on patrol

It should be routine but what’s routine in this land

nothing is normal apart from fear, pain and death

There’s no end to it

day in day out it just never goes away

JPB

Australian War Memorial -https://www.awm.gov.au

Be aware, remain aware,

Jimmy Bee


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WEIRD but BEAUTIFUL.

“Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.”…..Carl Sagan

Sea Hare…Caloundra

The Sea Hare, Aplysia Dactylomela – Spot, lives in tidal rock pools, shallow coastal water and seagrass but have been located as deep as 40 m. They are capable of both swimming and crawling, are harmless to humans but have a defence of spurting a non toxic purple ink if disturbed.

Sea Hare…Caloundra

Sea Hares are hermathrodites, meaning they have both male and female reproductive organs. They can be found in most states of Australia but are often difficult to spot due to their extremely efficient camouflage. Their life span is approximately 1 year.

These creatures are so called due to their large tentacles which were thought to resemble the large ears of a hare.

The above photos were taken by the author at Kings Beach, Caloundra, Qld. Australia

For more information, see -https://australianmuseum.net.au/learn/animals/molluscs/sea-hare/

Live for each day.

Jimmy Bee,

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LIGHT MAGIC

“And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in th most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it”…..Roald Dahl.

A Costa Boda crystal candle holder, a lit candle inside and twisting the candle holder into different positions so that the external interior lighting of the room reflects and refracts the rays of light onto the crystal.

The second view was taken directly above the top of the candle holder and gives a totally different effect.

Once again by twisting the candle holder and framing the view in a different manner the result was another individually distinct image.

Who would believe that a simple candle holder as beautiful as it is, would be capable of producing a number of abstract images. It could be said that it is a bit of “Light Magic”.

Nearly everyone deserves to find their piece of magic.

If you like my work, you’ll find more of it on Instagram under Jimmy Bee 2

Jimmy Bee,