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Weekly Photo Challenge: Intricate On May Day

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“Drawings help people to work out intricate relationships between parts.” Christopher Alexander

Weekly Photo Challenge:  Intricate - Ceiling design @ Met Museum exhibit

Weekly Photo Challenge: Intricate – Ceiling design @ Met Museum exhibit

Everywhere we look in the world, there are intricate patterns awaiting to capture our attention; from a spider’s web to the striations on a leaf, we are surround by intricacies that keep our world magical. Closer to us are the cells in our bodies and the complex machine that keeps our human engines revving… Each piece is inextricably intertwined with the other. It is these intricacies that keep us all in awe of the magnificent universe we have inherited. We must maintain it.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Intricate In Nature - floral patterns

Weekly Photo Challenge: Intricate In Nature – floral patterns

In honor of May Day, I’ve added a popular poem, and a link back to my original post about this precious day: May Day celebrates all who toil and labor so the rest of us can stand around, with big titles, looking good. Ha!

May Day by American poet Sara Teasdale (1884 – 1933)
A delicate fabric of bird song
Floats in the air,
The smell of wet wild earth
Is everywhere.

Red small leaves of the maple
Are clenched like a hand,
Like girls at their first communion
The pear trees stand.

Oh I must pass nothing by
Without loving it much,
The raindrop try with my lips,
The grass with my touch;

For how can I be sure
I shall see again
The world on the first of May
Shining after the rain?

“We dwell in the house of the body, but its perfection and intricate life are the work of a wisdom which never relaxes dominion over a single cell.” George William Russell

Weekly Photo Challenge: Intricate - Artistic designs

Weekly Photo Challenge: Intricate – Artistic designs

Whether we appreciate it or not, we live out our lives surrounded by an intricate pattern of social connections… We’re all embedded in this network; it affects us profoundly and we may be unaware of its existence, of its effect on us. Nicholas A. Christakis

Take time to nurture your body and your mind. Take time to smell the spring flowers and thank all who have labored hard on our behalf. It is not great dharma to enjoy the fruits of other people’s labor without giving thanks… The cycle of life is dependent on the wisdom that keeps everything churning in unison. When there is discord, all breaks down. When there is a focus on keeping the whole together… things are made greater not covetous and smaller. Happy May Day! May all your labor be celebrated when and where it matters… Life is intricate but humans make it complicated.

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“You can’t be aware of everything. You’d fall down the stairs if you were aware of every intricate thing involved in going down stairs.” Alan Alda

Weekly Photo Challenge:  Intricate -  design in nature and art

Weekly Photo Challenge: Intricate – design in nature and art

Social networks are these intricate things of beauty, and they’re so elaborate and so complex and so ubiquitous that one has to ask what purpose they serve. Nicholas A. Christakis

What purpose does everything around us serve? That is a great question to mull over this weekend… Take care!

My fellow bloggers were equally creative with their selections. Check out how others interpreted the theme below.

This post was inspired by a prompt from WP Daily Post: Weekly Photo Challenge: INTRICATE For This week, What does the word “intricate” mean to you? It could be the deep, fibrous bark on the ancient oak tree in your yard. Maybe it’s the robin’s nest under construction near your window …. intricate: what does it mean to you? Show us your interpretation.

Positive Motivation Tip: From the smallest intricate cell, to the largest woven artistic fabric, we can see beauty in all things.

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PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos from my Personal Collection.

Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. ©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
Positive Kismet

62 Comments leave one →
  1. 01/05/2015 3:06 pm

    Beautiful intricate photos, Eliz. 🙂 Have a happy, creative weekend.

  2. 01/05/2015 3:55 pm

    Great choices for the challenge. For me, the ones that stand out the most are the intricate patterns on leaves and flowers – they never cease to amaze and delight me. No doubt about their creator!

  3. Liz Mays permalink
    01/05/2015 8:51 pm

    I really like where you took this. So interesting to tie it into social media and our space.

  4. 01/05/2015 8:53 pm

    We are really surrounded by intricacies. Sometimes we fail to appreciate the details around us.

  5. upliftingfam permalink
    01/05/2015 9:30 pm

    The photos are beautiful. I love pretty pink flowers.

  6. 01/05/2015 10:58 pm

    I love flowers so this definitely is something that I like. Even though the theme is called intricate, the images look amazing. Great job!

  7. 02/05/2015 1:57 am

    I admire the time and effort you put into your blogs…no small accomplishment…

    • 03/05/2015 11:35 am

      You are too kind… It is not without its challenges. I’d love to visit with more of my blog friends, like you and many others, and that is my goal for this season.

  8. Lois Jones permalink
    02/05/2015 1:59 am

    Beautiful patterns! I’ve always been fond of intricate patterns and how they can mesmerize me. Gorgeous photos!

  9. 02/05/2015 2:58 am

    Your pattern choices are stunning. All together in the same place makes them even more stunning. I always strive for awareness, but Alan Alda is right! Yikes! 🙂

  10. Lucid Gypsy permalink
    02/05/2015 4:23 am

    You know, when I look into the centre of an intricate flower I wonder why? why nature created such intricate design? but I’m glad she did.

  11. firststepstogreatstrides permalink
    02/05/2015 5:46 am

    I’ve only started to nurture myself….Beautiful post as always.

  12. Garf permalink
    02/05/2015 6:35 am

    Love the flowers. I can’t wait mine to bloom.

  13. Christy Maurer permalink
    02/05/2015 6:56 am

    These pictures are so beautiful! It is amazing the detail that God put into even the smallest of things!

  14. Rebecca Swenor permalink
    02/05/2015 7:22 am

    These are amazing pictures indeed. It is sometimes to admire other hard work and it is important to give thanks for it for sure. This is an awesome questions for the the weekend indeed. Thanks for sharing.

  15. Sharon Ulery Ruggieri permalink
    02/05/2015 12:55 pm

    Yeah, there are beauty in all things…I think 😉 Lovely photos and I really like the poem

  16. denise low permalink
    02/05/2015 4:17 pm

    These flowers and designs are so pretty that I would love to have them as my screen saver.

  17. Fully Housewifed! (@fullyhousewifed) permalink
    02/05/2015 7:01 pm

    Intricate for me means the beauty of complex and details. Yes, we should really take time to smell the flowers. Life, for me, is devoid of meaning when we don’t live it like we’re not living,you know what I mean.

  18. Daniele Holmberg permalink
    02/05/2015 7:39 pm

    You have such beautiful photos! I love them!😀

  19. 3sonshavei permalink
    02/05/2015 10:47 pm

    I am loving this time of year to be able to get great flower shots

  20. JessicaACassidy (@wifetoalineman) permalink
    03/05/2015 4:57 am

    The pattern looks so unique and so beautiful.

  21. 03/05/2015 6:50 am

    I’m just looking around the room I’m in after reading what you wrote and I do see so many things w/intricate designs. I suppose the blinds reflecting light patterns is the most dominant one I’ve found at just a look.

  22. Virginia Gudiel (@LovelyVirginia) permalink
    03/05/2015 10:27 am

    Love your tip ” From the smallest intricate cell, to the largest woven artistic fabric, we can see beauty in all things.” It’s so true! Always a pleasure stopping by your site!

  23. Shonda permalink
    03/05/2015 10:58 am

    The floral images are so pretty. I’ve not heard of this photo challenge before. Sounds like fun.

  24. mags permalink
    03/05/2015 12:31 pm

    Great photos. It’s always good to take time to refocus our attention and appreciate all the beauty around us that we usually ignore.

  25. kleebanks permalink
    03/05/2015 4:25 pm

    What beautiful photos! Thanks for sharing!

  26. maggiesblog2 permalink
    03/05/2015 7:36 pm

    Beautiful pictures of the flowers!

  27. M from The Stay-at-Home Life permalink
    03/05/2015 7:53 pm

    The different textures in the photos are gorgeous.

  28. Roz K. Walker permalink
    03/05/2015 9:15 pm

    Such beautiful photos. Always motivating to see.

  29. 04/05/2015 5:09 pm

    Reblogged this on Transformations Life Productions.

  30. Nova permalink
    06/05/2015 1:10 pm

    The collection is marvelous, I like the different images you gather at the same time showing us something we don’t know in every day.

  31. rebeccalerner622 permalink
    01/05/2020 5:37 am

    Beautiful photos, I love the way you curate!

  32. momelite2 permalink
    01/05/2020 7:52 am

    Beautiful collage of flowers. This is my favorite time of year as everything is coming back to life.

  33. Renee permalink
    01/05/2020 9:20 am

    I love the beautiful pictures of those flowers!

  34. Jules permalink
    01/05/2020 10:12 am

    Very, very nice. The pics you have show such an art and intricacy, and your words about them are very poetic.

  35. Georgia permalink
    01/05/2020 11:03 am

    Fascinating photos, and a great choice of poem too. I love the boldness of the pinks and reds.
    Georgia| Britvoyage

  36. Stephanie permalink
    01/05/2020 1:06 pm

    I love the intricate patterns of nature. There is so much beauty around us and they stay at home order has made us see so much more of it since we are slowing down!

  37. Livelearnbetter (@livelearnbetter) permalink
    01/05/2020 2:50 pm

    These picture combo is so beautiful and appealing. It sure took a lot of detailing to come up with these wonderful pieces.
    Thank you for sharing.

  38. amayszingblogs permalink
    01/05/2020 6:11 pm

    These are beautiful flower images that make you feel inspire 🙂

  39. LifeMagHealth permalink
    01/05/2020 8:12 pm

    Our life is full of intricacies indeed, and due to that, we focus less on more significant things.

  40. lipstickcafe permalink
    02/05/2020 3:25 am

    Such beautiful pictures! I find them very relaxing

  41. chelf permalink
    02/05/2020 5:46 am

    For me it’s all about simple line designs creating a pattern that’s soothing and calming. Love it!

  42. Antonia || Lifestyle blogger (@SweetPassions07) permalink
    02/05/2020 10:30 am

    Such a lovely collection of memories. Weekly photo challenges are so much fun.


  43. Katrina permalink
    02/05/2020 11:48 am

    Beautiful post. It’s amazing how some things can be so intricate.

  44. Neely permalink
    02/05/2020 12:09 pm

    I love this! The world is full of beautiful intricacies and seeing that is so important

  45. blair villanueva permalink
    02/05/2020 9:03 pm

    These are beautiful and intricately artistic photos especially those flowers. The nature is so good!

  46. GV Caplas permalink
    03/05/2020 12:05 am

    I totally agree! Life is simple. I just dream of that day when humans would step backwards for a bit, slowdown and get fed up by technology.

  47. Polly Amora permalink
    03/05/2020 6:38 am

    These patters are good choices to describe the word “intricate.”

  48. Bree L. permalink
    03/05/2020 9:27 am

    I really enjoyed the poem May Day. I loved the part about the pear tree still standing. Lovely!

  49. Michele permalink
    04/05/2020 7:00 am

    I love looking at items that have intricate designs. it shows someone really cared and was proud of the work they did to take such time. Its really a thing of beauty and shouldn’t be taken for granted.

  50. amandacroaff permalink
    04/05/2020 3:43 pm

    These photos are beautiful! Even the smallest things can have the most intricate detail.

  51. forkwardthinkingfoodinista permalink
    06/05/2020 2:50 am

    this is such a good idea. I love a good photo challenge for sure…so much fun x

  52. lipstickcafe permalink
    06/05/2020 7:14 am

    These pictures are absolutely stunning!


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