#266 autumnal equinox

266/365 autumnal equinox, originally uploaded by rosipaw.

Day and night are the same length again today. In the eternal cycle of seasons, we are on our way towards dark days here in the northern hemisphere.

Plants also seem to be half way there in their preparation for winter hibernation. I got stuck with autumn leaves again, looking for symmetry for the Daily Shoot.

Symmetry can be calm and soothing. Make a photo today featuring symmetry, either in subject or composition. (@logista)

A maple leaf is naturally symmetrical in shape, and in the vein structure. However, the symmetry of this perishing leaf is far from perfect. Something has nibbled away at the edges, and the changes in the colouring are not even either. While the right side veins are obviously blocked and have turned red, there is still some vital chlorophyll flowing through the veins of the left side.

I’m wondering whether 100 %, perfect symmetry can only be man-made while nature always produces little flaws? Compared to flawless symmetry, I think these natural imperfections add some raw energy and life.

1 Response to “#266 autumnal equinox”

  1. 1 Susan van Gelder
    September 25, 2010 at 16:01

    I think true symmetry is a man-made construct – though you get close with reflections in water.

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