June 15, 2014 Father's Day 041
“Symmetry, as wide or as narrow as you may define its meaning,
is one idea by which man through the ages
has tried to comprehend and create order, beauty and perfection. “

Hermann Weyl

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“No human face is exactly the same in its lines on each side, no leaf perfect in its lobes, no branch in its symmetry. All admit irregularity as they imply change; and to banish imperfection is to destroy expression, to check exertion, to paralyze vitality.
All things are literally better, lovelier, and more beloved for the imperfections which have been divinely appointed, that the law of human life may be Effort, and the law of human judgment, Mercy.
John Ruskin
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We have simply arrived too late in the history of the universe to see this primordial simplicity easily …
But although the symmetries are hidden from us, we can sense that they are latent in nature, governing everything about us.
That’s the most exciting idea I know: that nature is much simpler
than it looks.
Nothing makes me more hopeful that our generation of human beings
may actually hold the key to the universe in our hands—
that perhaps in our lifetimes we may be able to tell why all of what we see in this immense universe of galaxies and particles is logically inevitable.
Steven Weinberg
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“The most general law in nature is equity-
the principle of balance and symmetry
which guides the growth of forms along the lines
of the greatest structural efficiency.
Herbert Read
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Photos by Woodland Gnome 2014
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8 responses to “Symmetry

  1. Beautiful post… Outstanding photos.
    Best wishes, Aquileana 😀

  2. A hearty “Amen!” to all the above quotes, several of whom I do knot know.
    Pretty pics to accompany them, too. Something about ferns…
    is it because their species is older than trees?
    When Earth was young and soft ~

    Peace and luvz, Keith

    • Never thought of the fern people that way, but so true. Older than trees… what a thought. My partner found an ancient turtle on the street in front of our garden this AM. He was nearly as big as an old fashioned garbage can lid. Probably lived here long before the first home was ever built along these ravines. Glad we found something new under the sun for you tonight, Keith. Luvz and Pieces back at you. Hope you are well- WG

      • Finding an ancient is newsworthy, no doubt!
        I’ve only seen Ozark turtles that big. Super-sized!
        Caves and shells to hide in — very man-like. 😉

        • 😉 That must be why my partner found him, but I could not when I looked later on. 107 here today. Phoenix weather…. I hope all of the creatures found shady and cool places to hide. Do wish I had gotten an photo of the ancient one before he took off for his shelter. Never seen an Ozark turtle- turtles have cropped up every day this week. Wonder what the larger message is, Uncle Tree? Have you an insight to share?

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