Weekly Photo Challenge: Symmetry in Seasons

There is in all things a pattern that is part of our universe. It has symmetry, elegance, and grace – these qualities you find always in that the true artist captures. You can find it in the turning of the seasons, the way sand trails along a ridge, in the branch clusters of the creosote busy of the pattern of its leaves. We try to copy these patterns in our lives and in our society, seeking the rhythms, the dances, the forms that comfort. Yet, it is possible to see peril in the finding of ultimate perfection. It is clear that the ultimate pattern contains its own fixity. In such perfection, all things move towards death.

Frank Herbert, Dune


In our yard early Hellebore flowers are my first signal that winter has turned the corner and spring is on its way.  These blushing white blooms look a little worse for the wear after pushing their way through last summer’s leaves but in the words of Frank Hebert there is symmetry in nature’s pattern. Each season comes in time and while blooming summer perfection inevitably moves towards death it also gives life and nourishment for the new season’s beauty.

Posted as part of the Weekly Photo Challenge:  Symmetry.

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34 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Symmetry in Seasons

  1. Oh, Lisa, how you have given me encouragement today with your hellebores. We have SO much snow here (about 3 feet) and we have a temperature warning as well, with the high tomorrow being only -5F. Honey, that is death cold! To see my bulbs come up and soon, (I have some for early March) is something I look SO forward to. I read some of the comments and I use LIQUID FENCE to ward off critters from eating in my garden. Now granted it is only for rabbits and deer, so I HOPE it will work on the squirrels too. LOVED your images, LOVED them. You brought HOPE to me today, Lisa. HOPE that the white stuff will be gone soon and I will see green and smell earth. Ahhhhhhhhh ……. Love, Amy


    1. Our winter has been so strange, Amy. It’s warm here and the snowpack is only 39% of normal! Meanwhile you’ve been buried in it. 😦 I hope you get to see your bulbs soon and am so happy to hear you’ve enjoyed my hellebores. 🙂 Thanks for the tip about Liquid Fence!


      1. You are more then welcome. Liquid Fence really works. It stinks (word of warning) and the sprayer does not work good so I transfer the liquid into a well made spray bottle. Just a few more tips. (smile)


  2. I, too, love hellebores and every year I wish I had more. Yesterday we were at the Northwest Flower and Garden Show, and the star magnolias at Freeway Park were in full bloom! So uplifting!


  3. Beautiful flowers. White, with a touch of dirt about them. Symmetry and perfection, I never thought of it that way, but it makes so much sense. Finding perfection is like chasing chimeras.


  4. These flowers are beautiful. They are a nice choice for the symmetry challenge. I wanted to find a photo of my orchids (indoor plant) to use, but most of my photos are in need of tags, so I can find them. I can’t believe you already have flowers 🙂


  5. THIS is the year I plant hellebores. It looks as though it has rained and duff from the forest floor has spattered this beauty. Nice capture, especially the decision to leave the photo as is with bugs, bug gnawed bits and all.


    1. I’m happy to hear you like the natural, untouched state of the hellebore. Sometimes I want to reach out and clean up the plants a little but hold back since the little bugs and imperfections add the unique/realistic quality I’m looking for when sharing shots from our corner of the country. Enjoy your new hellebores!


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