Monday, October 13, 2014

Thematic Photographic 312 - Patterns

Destroyed by unseen predators
London, ON
October 2014
The emerald ash borer is a nasty little bug, devouring ash trees and leaving them for dead. We live smack in the middle of a kill zone, and for years there were signs just down the road from us warning people against moving wood products out of the area.

From the looks of what was left of this particular tree in a ravine just a couple of blocks away from the house, it didn't work. The beetles came, and they ate and ate and ate, leaving no surviving ash trees in their wake.

It was a sobering moment for me and my daughter as we walked along the path and captured the scene in photos. Life doesn't always follow the intended path, and even if you take every precaution imaginable you won't always win the battle.

Your turn: This week's Thematic theme is "patterns". Oddly, the patterns left by these destructive beetles are somehow mesmerizing, and I'm guessing there are lots of other patterns - both in nature and not - out there just begging for a picture or two. So here's the deal: Grab a picture of something that supports the patterns theme, then post it to your blog or website. Leave a comment here letting folks know where to find it. Visit other participants and feel free to share more photos through the week. For more background on how Thematic works, head here. Thanks, and have fun with it!


Karen (formerly kcinnova) said...

I spent some time last week at a beautiful park, so I'm sharing patterns in picture and word from that day.
In your daughter's honor, I included a dahlia.

Bob Scotney said...

Our local ash trees seem to have escaped the ash die back disease. Nature's patterns like yours are intricate indeed.
Mine this week are much more mundane.

Gilly said...

I love finding patterns, so here are mine!

fredamans said...


ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

I went with nature.

Natural Patterns.

21 Wits said...

Interesting capture Carmi. I know a few trees sporting such an adventure. Truly something to think about! But, I went for another view into patterns. Here's mine

Max Sartin said...

I can find patterns in just about every picture I looked at, but here are a few from last weekend.

Somewhere round about said...

Mine are here

[Click on the blog title and scroll through for the full set of patterns.....]

Catherine said...

Here are a few patterns both natural and man-made. This is a theme that could keep me going for weeks and weeks.

smalltownme said...

Woodpecker-made patterns:

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

I've got another, with a railroad pattern.

Familiar Bluets and more