Weekly Photo Challenge: Pattern

Pattern — the photo subject of this week — is wide. Patterns in nature, man-made patterns or more abstractly … behavioural patterns. The latter would be a little harder to illustrate . In any event, I’ll grab this subject as an opportunity to write something. It’s been a while … not due to lack of will — just haven’t had anything pressing to write about. Today, I thought about C.B. Wentworth, fellow blogger and accomplished writer, who blogs from a coffee shop most of the time. Grabbed my iPad and went to Starbucks. Thought perhaps a change of environment would do the trick, but it didn’t. It was Saturday, and a whole different crowd than the usual, high-tech that usually frequents my Starbucks of choice. Think I’ve written about that before … how quiet it is in there, everyone hooked up to something! Today there were families with children, screaming at the top of their lungs. That didn’t work, so instead I walked in to the adjacent book store and browsed instead.

Now … for patterns — I love patterns in nature … they intrigue and awe me! Not only the zebras, giraffes and cheetahs I see on TV, but also closer to home … the back of a Blue Jay, for example. For this challenge, I chose the Loon. His pattern is terrific, but he keeps eluding me and my camera. The rare times the Loon appears here, it’s in the very center of the lake … way off, regardless of which side you’re on. So here’s the the most decent shot of a Loon I’ve ever got.


22 Replies to “Weekly Photo Challenge: Pattern”

  1. Excellent photo Rebby!!! I love the patterning across the Loon’s back…they are lovely birds… you have a winning pic as always 🙂
    Sherri-Ellen & Nylablue xo

  2. I know the hooked-up syndrome very well. When we arrived in Berkeley, California one evening last spring after a flight from London to San Francisco, I wanted to see a bit of life so I headed to a coffee shop. It was full of people staring intently at screens – iPads, laptops, etc. The silence was palpable – and I thought it was so funny that in the time of the greatest communication, no-one was communicating.

    By the way, to the British, the Loon is known as the Great Northern Diver. The first time I heard the name ‘Loon’, I thought it must be a slur on its personality… 😉

    1. Yeah, the silence! It’s a strange phenomenon…

      In Swedish, the word for Loon is «Lom», so it’s not so far off. The Canadian dollar is referred to as ‘Loonie’ as the coin has a Loon on it.

    2. Hi Rebby, for some reason, “lost” you for a bit, so I’m glad you’d taken a break (or else I’d be SO far behind; ).
      Thinking that the “loon” reference is tied to its maniacal laughing call, David. To (many) Canadians it’s the call of the wild, our link to sparkling lakes and the song of the paddle…
      Here’s a great piece (including vocalisations) on the Common Loon as studied in Algonquin Park:

      1. Yeah, I’m taking a break. I will be back … when the urge to blog comes back. I love the sound of the Loon. Before I came to Canada, I’d never seen one in real life … only heard their call. Many people find the sound eerie, but I think it’s beautiful. Thank you for stopping by, Deb …always appreciated

  3. Oh shoot, got so wound up in researching my favourite bird, forgot the main event!
    Your photo is a wonderful example of why it’s so difficult to see a loon on the water… If he (as I’m assuming she is sitting eggs right now) were facing with, instead of across, the ripples, he’d be virtually invisible – an excellent shot (as always; )!!

    1. Thank you! 🙂 A friend of mine, and photographer, goes to the same park, and he’d managed to get this Loon, when he stood up and did the wing flapping..it was beautiful.

  4. Oh, but it’s fine! I’ve never seen a loon up close at all, but twice I’ve heard them laugh, and it’s a sound that echoed in my mind for months afterward. Quintessentially lonely, while at the same time quintessentially satisfying.
    Unlike this particular time at Starbucks! Ah, well —

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