Thorned Glory

January 5, 2010

Thorns arranged like a sunburst

Detail of cactus, Volunteer Park Conservatory

Thorns, like buttons down the seam of a cactus

Detail of cactus, Volunteer Park Conservatory

Thorned cactus

I was totally captivated by the structured symmetry of the plants in the Cactus Room at the Volunteer Park Conservatory.  There is so much beauty in the rhythmic patterns of thorns on the various cacti.

Lately I’ve been watching the first seasons of Project Runway on DVD, and while I was busy photographing these unusual cacti, I couldn’t help but imagine how fashion designers could find inspiration by visiting this room at the Volunteer Park Conservatory.

3 Responses to “Thorned Glory”

  1. Ann Roth Says:

    These photographs are so exquisite, and along with the other photos you post, prove that ya can’t top Mother Nature. I hope you enter them in a contest of some kind.

  2. Lynne Says:

    Isn’t the symmetry apparent in nature – at least organic nature – amazing? Very inspiring photographs!

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