It is a good thing that Mother Nature can't hire herself a fancy lawyer and sue mankind for copyright infringement, because we wouldn't have a leg to stand on in court. We have shamelessly appropriated all her best motifs to use in our decorative patterns.
Any such lawsuit would surely end badly for us. There is evidence of our thievery everywhere.
Perhaps our only defence would be that our intent in not malicious.
We revel in the beauty of Nature's creations.
Through time nature has always been a designer's muse. What is that old expression, "Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery."
Man made patterns are simply repeated decorative designs.
The size of these man made patterns are generally limited by the method of manufacture. They have a "repeat" where the pattern stops and then restarts. The pattern in this wallpaper that I designed (years ago now) was limited by the 21" metal cylinders that were used to manufacture it and the length of the paper rolls it was printed on. A pattern "match" makes it possible for the wallpaper pattern to appear to be unending.
Nature has no such limitations.
She is endlessly creative in her patterning.
She adorns her creatures with patterned markings to camouflage and protect them.
Foxglove, Private garden in Mississauga, Ontario.
And she uses patterned markings to attract pollinators to come on in.
Canna Lily in a Brampton, Ontario Park.
For gardeners, the patterning on leaves can be a great way to add visual interest into an
otherwise sea of green foliage.
Fallopia Variegata on the left and Fleece Fower, Persicariafiliformis Tovara on the right. Both in a private garden in Brampton, Ontario.
Coleus, Edwards Gardens, Toronto.
Heuchera 'Berry marmalade'
Heuchera 'Ginger peach'
Spragette, Garden, Brampton, Ontario.
Mixing patterns in a garden can be beautiful. Here the striped pattern of the Japanese Hakone Grass contrasts beautifully with the dainty flowers of Lady's Mantel and a rounded leaf shape of Siebold Sedum.
A mix of hosta with different patterned markings in the garden of Joe and Kathy Covello in Brampton, Ontario.
Orangey-red Coleus, Geraniums, Variegated Ivy and deep burgundy Oxalis
Add color to a mix of leaf patterns and the effect can be quite stunning.
This post is the second part of my answer to Donna's Word for Wednesday theme: "Texture and Pattern". To see other interesting interpretations of this week's W4W, please click the link: Garden Walk, Garden Talk.