Nature's Patterns and Designs (Photography only)

The artistry of nature: Lines, shapes, abstract outlines (photography only)

Recent Work

  • Winter green  by Maria Vincent
  • Swan Song by Nadya Johnson
  • Pretty Boy by Marylou Badeaux
  • Yackamoorundie Creek - Mid North by Ian Berry
  • Sawtooth Moray off Montague Island by Erik Schlogl
  • ~Living Heart~ by DonnaM
  • Forest Aflame by metriognome
  • Blue Heron Appetite by linaji
  • Right out My Backyard Series: Magic Happens at Night by linaji
  • foggy fir forest by psychoshadow
  • Before Sunset ... Black Forest by Angelika  Vogel
  • Frosty Moss by cuprum

About This Group

Welcome to Nature’s Patterns and Designs!

We invite you to submit your photographic works (no paintings, drawings, crafts, fractals, etc.) of interesting shapes, designs and patterns that you find in your nature outings – or right in your own back yard. Close-up or distance (mountain range outlines etc, as opposed to a scene or landscape) is fine – just find patterns! Nothing urban please, just nature.

The hand of man (buildings, fences, signs, vehicles, roads, docks, etc.) should be minimal if present at all.

No human figures or parts thereof unless they are very small and only a minor part of a photograph. Likewise, no pets or domesticated animals (dogs, cats, hamsters, goldfish, horses, cows, etc.). For more information, please refer to Wikipedia’s list of domesticated animals.

Images may be enhanced digitally, but anything too far removed from the natural will not be accepted. No frames or borders. No text on images. (Discreet signature/watermark OK.)

Images must be submitted in “image only/picture” format. No phone/laptop covers, apparel, greeting cards, framed prints, clocks, pillows, tote or drawstring bags, duvet covers, or mugs as the default image.

Submit your own original work only. Not acceptable: stock art or stock photography or any art or photography created by others in composites or on its own.

Check rules for further clarification, and check featured images for a guide to what we are looking for. Please note that images not fitting the group’s criteria may be removed without notice. Host’s decision is final – thank you for understanding. Members who persist in adding inappropriate images to the group may be subject to removal from the group (only after two or more warnings).

No Soliciting of Votes in Group Challenges! Any member found using Bubblemail, Facebook, multiple accounts or any other method to increase votes will have their work removed from the challenge and their group membership canceled. Please play honestly, and let your image win on its own merit.

Note: Images submitted to this group may be used as avatars for challenges or group banners. Images may also appear in forum posts for features and challenge results, or on the front page (challenge winners). By adding images to the group, you are agreeing to allow such use of your images in the group.

Group hosts do not feature each other’s work, nor do they participate in challenges (other than voting).

Challenge Wins

Mini Challenge – Images Featured in November or December 2017 or January 2018

When the Bough Breaks
by Jing3011

January Challenge – Your Personal Best of 2017 (2-way tie)

Morning Mist Catalina Island, California USA
by Polly Peacock

Tibetan cherry
by Yampimon

Holiday Colors Challenge – Red, Black, White, Green, Blue

On the Way to Augusta … Western Australia
by Angelika Vogel

October Challenge – Nature: Soft, Gentle and Tender

The Forest Path
by Angelika Vogel

September Challenge – Your Choice – Open Subject (2-way tie)

Water reflection
by LudaNayvelt

Clematis seed head
by sunraiphoto

Mini Challenge – Images Featured in June, July, or August 2017 (2-way tie)

Spread your wings and fly
by Sue Purveur

Tiny bulbs
by Manon Boily

August Challenge – Let There Be Light

Gerroa sunset
by Kevin McGennan

July Challenge – Curves in Nature

by lensbaby

June Challenge – Nature in the Abstract (4-way tie)

Surfaces,Textures and Patterns (Palm Tree Trunk 1)
by Kerryn Madsen-Pietsch

by nonarom

River of Constant Change
by Yampimon

Sandstone Patterns #3
by Roz McQuillan

Mini Challenge – Images Featured in April or May 2017

0487 Glowing Lily
by Hans Kawitzki

May 2017 Challenge – Nature in Motion (2-way tie)

The Rhine
by Angelika Vogel

by Randy Richards

April 2017 Challenge – Honoring Earth Day

Delicate beauty
by AnnaKT

Mini Challenge – Images Featured in February or March 2017

by Angelika Vogel

March 2017 Challenge – Opposite Seasons, Spring and Autumn

Leaf with holes, eaten by pests 2
by Masha-Gr

Mini Challenge – Images Featured in December 2016 or January 2017

Norris Lake, April 2015
by Douglas Stucky

February 2017 Challenge – Patterns in Leaves, Branches, Trunks and/or Stems

The wet Eucalyptus tree
by Imi Koetz

‘Photograph of the Year – 2016’ Super Challenge – 28 January 2017

What the Candle Does
by Kenneth Haley

January 2017 Challenge – Cold or Hot

Whitened by frost
by Patrick Morand

December Challenge – Your Personal Best of 2016 (2-way tie)

A world of their own
by Harry Oldmeadow

by metriognome

Mini Challenge – Images Featured in September, October, or November

by Iris MacKenzie

November Challenge – Fill the Frame! (2-way tie)

Femalestrom (Pietersite)
by Stephanie Bateman-Graham

Green Ric Rac Edging
by Sandra Fortier

October Challenge – New Work Only (2-way tie)

wood abstract
by Manon Boily

PELEE MUMS….The Best Thing About Autumn
by WildestArt

September Challenge – The Big Picture: Landscapes and Seascape

High And Low
by Tordis Kayma

Mini Challenge – Images Featured in June, July, or August

Bryce 3 – 1
by BGSPhoto

August Challenge – Water with Natural Reflections or Refractions (2-way tie)

Blue Reflections
by Nuno Pires

Creation At Twilight
by Randy Richards

July Challenge – Your Choice (Open Subject)

The last Rays of Sun in Marrawah
by Imi Koetz

June Challenge – Creature Patterns and Design (2-way tie)

Feather Abstract
by Alexandra Lavizzari

Just Hanging Out
by Randy Richards

Mini Challenge – Images Featured in April or May

Tree Trunk
by rom01

May Challenge – By the Sea, Lake, Pond, River or Creek – 2 June 2016

Starfish Trail, Cape Conran, Gippsland
by Roz McQuillan

April Challenge – Floral Patterns and Designs – 1 May 2016

by metriognome

Mini Challenge – Images Featured in February and March

A Classic Mating Display!
by jozi1

March Challenge – Foliage, Plants & Trees (NO FLOWERS) – 30 March 2016

Light on the Lily Pads
by Harry Oldmeadow

February Challenge – Monochromatic – 29 February 2016 (4-way tie)

green rays
by lensbaby

Foggy and snowy Black Forest
by Imi Koetz

by Iris MacKenzie

Crumbling Stump
by Ethna Gillespie

Mini Challenge Winners – Images Featured in December and January – 21 February 2016

What the Candle Does
by Kenneth Haley

Frosted Fronds I
by ghd-photography

‘Photograph of the Year – 2015’ Super Challenge – 27 January 2016

Plain Stain in a Natural Pane
by Kenneth Haley

January Challenge – Weather and its results – 24 January 2016

Winter Dressing
by naturelover

All 2015 winning images have been moved to the Permanent Challenge Winners Gallery for 2015.

All 2014 winning images have been moved to the Permanent Challenge Winners Gallery for 2014.

All 2013 winning images have been moved to the Permanent Challenge Winners Gallery for 2013.

Other groups you may be interested in:

Abstracts from Nature
Abstract Nature’s Macro Art (No Flowers/Animals)
Natural Surface Textures

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