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Sunday, August 19, 2012

Asymmetry

I wished I'd gotten to the center of the walkway to take this photo. Symmetry, you know. It's so pleasing to the eye. But a moment is a moment, it fleets, and you don't always have the chance to position yourself perfectly for it. You raise the camera (or the baseball bat, or your hand) and you click (swing, grab). A sideways catch is better than no catch at all.

And a garden is a garden. Even a manicured one gets a little wild. No matter how much you trim and mow, it's the fringes that tempt.

12 comments:

dive said...

I think you found just the right angle, Petrea. The pink dress and pink roses are perfect against the pattern of perspective.

Kalei's Best Friend said...

Somehow that little girl balances out that walkway!. You are right a manicured garden is endless maintenance. I tried doing it alone and finally had to hire someone to come in every 3 months to weed,prune, fertilize as well as another crew to come in and cut the lawn.

Petrea Burchard said...

I remember a conversation with a friend about how we need to see wild shapes--we need the asymmetry of things like forests and mountains and deserts. It's as though the wildness readjusts our senses. It's why I like hiking, why I need open space. It puts my brain back into its natural disorder after I've been ordering it around all day.

Bellis said...

This photo is arranged perfectly! And I'm with Dive, the girl's pink dress goes so well with the pink roses. I love the checkerboard paving as well. It looks so natural, but it's not easy to achieve or keep looking good.

I like spending time in nature because when I'm at home, all I see are gardening chores. Thank goodness I don't have to garden the outdoors.

Petrea Burchard said...

I'd like to get the Huntington's gardeners to do my chores, Bellis. I like that walkway, and that shady bower, but I am lazy and skill-free.

LOLfromPasa said...

What a super setting...beautifully captured.

Ms M said...

Such a wonderful photo! I most often find asymmetrical designs more interesting visually.
This would make a lovely card.

Petrea Burchard said...

LOL, you know the Huntington, do you not? This is just as you step outside the tea room.

Kind of asymmetrical symmetry, this one, isn't it, Ms. M? I really do like symmetry and love seeing it in grand palaces and such. But asymmetry sort of relaxes my eyes.

Adele said...

Well, no matter how you slice it, this photo is very pleasing to the eye. And isn't that the goal of symmetrical things - to please the eye?

LOLfromPasa said...

I do know the Huntington but it has been years. Sigh....!

James Lahoud said...

I think this picture is great, symemetrical or not. Sometimes not planning to having capturing things the way you wanted works out better. Thats the joy of freedom and chaos.

Petrea Burchard said...

Thanks, all! Well said, James.