Curves in nature

At first glance, everywhere I look here there are curves and lines. sunflower field cleared, stalks remain 12-10-13Then, when I look closer, the curves are often made up of lines while something that, close-up, looks linear but when I step back I see it is actually curved. Particularly the horizon. This encourages me to look more carefully.

It’s all about angles really. The bare branches of a tree [below] are a tangled mass of black, until I look up to the sky and see the silhouette. bare black branches against blue sky 26-3-13

patchwork of pink soil fields outside canete2 12-10-13

From a distance the patchwork of fields [above] looks angular, but in truth none of the divisions between fields is a straight line. Only the man-made track cutting through the centre is straight. Below, the man-made windmills, the molinos, add curves to the horizon. molinos peeking over crest of hill - road to Canete 29-7-13In August, walking along the Thyme Track, I spot this seedhead [below]. At first glance, is a ball of fluff. But when I bend my knees and get down close, it separates into separate globes of creamy fuzz. fluffy seedhead on almond track 17-8-13

Onions and wild fennel flowers are globes too, satisfying in their proportions [below]. onion 17-8-13

wild fennel2 28-4-11Often, nature is messy, it doesn’t confine itself to our human ideas of neatness and symmetry. The green peppers in the huerta [below] grow curling this way and that, not forced into a particular shape by some obstacle, but almost as if they enjoy the freedom of growing in the free air, able to twist left or right. green peppers in the huerta 17-8-13Trees and deciduous shrubs are interesting, providing both lines [the trunk] and curves [the sweep of the branches]. A tree’s curvy nature changes throughout the seasons, the bare line of its skeleton more prominent in winter. The round shells of snails [below] cling to the straight bare twigs of this shrub. snails on shrub @ fuente de piedra 27-7-13

Even in death, with man’s intervention, nature’s curves remain. Although these logs are stacked in rows [below], the circular rims of dark bark and age rings are more dominant to the human eye than the lines. log pile

Today’s post is written in response to East of Malaga’s CONEJO BLANCO BLOG HOP. To read more about Marianne’s Spanish Photo Challenge for December, and to read other posts on the same theme, click here:-

Part of the pleasure of this Challenge is visiting new blogs which other bloggers have recommended. These are my two featured blog links this month, so please visit and enjoy!

Jessica Angelina at is a photographer based in Sydney, Australia. She takes the most beautiful black and white shots of everyday things around us. She talks French to her dogs and convinces herself that they understand her.

Krumkaker at is a stylish food blog written by a Scandinavian, living in Rome, whose recipes include the most wonderful breads. The next of Krumkaer’s recipes that I plan to cook is ‘Cinnamon and cumin-scented ratatouille with chickpeas’.

5 to remember
la curva – curve
redondo/a – round [in shape]
circular – circular
lineal – linear
un globo – a globe

6 thoughts on “Curves in nature

  1. Marianne

    Great photos, Sandra. I’ve always enjoyed misshapen fruit and vegetables – it’s such a pleasure to grow them yourself….AND they taste better 🙂

    I don’t know either of your two links, so that’s where I’m heading now 🙂



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