As bipedal, thinking creatures, we seem to crave order. Predictability and patterns alleviate apprehension for most and help us get from point A to point B.
If you look at the natural world, it seems to yearn for the same organization and structure. A clear pecking order exists down the food chain; certain things have to happen for other things to happen next; the sun rises; the moon waxes and wanes.
But sometimes things happen, and nature is nothing but unpredictable.
The roadrunner loses his mate and wanders for years in search of another. The anthill is destroyed by rain, creating chaos among the colony. Benign skies release thunderous cracks and snaps into the air, followed by a deluge of devastating rain. The owl looks for a new nest because human curiosity has forced it to a safer location.
For all of its predictability, nature is often chaotic and completely disorganized – but always, it seems, striving to achieve some sort of balance all over again.
Just like us.
*Originally published at What I Saw. Reposted with permission of the author.
And now I’m going to have to stalk you. I’m working on rewrites for a novel set in the Sonoran desert.
I have a photo somewhere that I took of something fairly mundane. It was a grape tomato plant that had produced fruit in beautiful symmetrical pairs. There is order in the chaos and chaos in the order!
Oooh… Right up my alley – Sonoran Desert writing!
Nothing mundane about nature’s symmetry!
LOVE your Thistle picture! The patterns and disruptions make nature so fascinating. Just when you think you have it all figured out… you don’t!
Funny — I remember THE day I took that photo and was so excited to see the ants dancing upon the thistle! Boy are you right… you think you have it figured out, then whammo – Mother Nature throws you a curve ball.