In Chinese astronomy, Summer ends on or around August 6th. In the Northern hemisphere, Summer officially ends on Monday 23rd September, so in this part of the world, we have just under 8 weeks left. However, the Autumn chill often begins to set in earlier than this, when it feels that bit colder in the morning and the mists roll in across the fields, followed by the bright sunshine as the day warms upand you know that you are in that transition time.So here are a few pictures to celebrate Summer.
Recently I took several photos on bright, sunny days and was attracted by the more colourful contrasts, because I knew the pale, delicate colours would be washed out. Occasionally, I also like to sketch and paint and I recently bought a colour wheel. This got me thinking about the use of complementary colours in photography and their effectiveness. When opposite colours of the colour wheel are placed next to each other, they can produce an eye-popping picture.
A seven spot ladybird on a bluebell in macro.
An orange poppy against long, green grass.
Red poppy anemones blowing in the wind, with a hint of green in the background.
I saw this plant and for some reason, the term ‘Fibonacci sequence’ popped into my head. I had heard of it and knew it was linked to patterns in nature, but really knew little about it. So I did some investigating. The Fibonacci sequence starts like this: 0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55 and continue to infinity. Each number is the sum of the two numbers that precede it.
It appears throughout nature – for example, in the design of shells, the way tree branches grow out of trees, the development of leaf veins, the pattern of seed heads, the positioning of flower petals (such as roses) and is even in theshape of tropical storms. It has been described as “the code of nature” and runs through the cosmos – appearing in spiral galaxies. Isn’t nature clever?