Patterns have purpose.

ZEBRA PATTERNS - Welgevonden Game Reserve, Waterberg, South Africa

ZEBRA PORTRAIT - Welgevonden Game Reserve, Waterberg, South Africa


Nature’s babies note
their mothers’ markings;
Zebra foals imprint
mares’ patterns

Wild dogs follow the flash
of parents’ tails,
Lion cubs spot the black
behind adult ears . . .

But what of humanity –
makers of mistakes,
thanks to the gift of
free will?

Our patterns too
serve a purpose,
teaching lessons
long after leaving

negatives belong
to the winds of change,
positives provide the framework
for fulfilling lives

Quotes to consider:

“To understand is to perceive patterns” – Isaiah Berlin

“When patterns are broken, new worlds emerge.” – Unknown

“Creativity involves breaking out of established patterns in order to look at things in a different way.” – Edward de Bono

“Our character is basically a composite of our habits. Because they are consistent, often unconcious patterns, they constantly, daily, express our character…” – Stephen R. Covey

“A cloud does not know why it moves in just such a direction and at such a speed…It feels an impulsion…this is the place to go now. But the sky knows the reasons and the patterns behind all clouds, and you will know, too, when you lift yourself high enough to see beyond horizons.” – Richard Bach

“The same gold is fashioned into various articles; just so, the Lord has made the many patterns of the creation.” – Atharva Veda

To illustrate a few more of wildlife’s patterns:

AFRICAN WILD DOG walking away - Madikwe Game Reserve, SA

LIONESS looking away - Mabuasehube Game Reserve, Botswana

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38 Responses to Patterns

  1. Interesting timing… actually, PERFECT timing for this post, as I begin to appreciate and incorporate some ritual into my daily routine.
    Thank you, Naomi.
    and Dave 😉 beautiful photos.

    • Naomi says:

      Thanks, Lin 🙂 That figures after reading your last entertaining post! I was recently reading about the power of ritual in Robin Sharma’s “Leadership Wisdom from The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari”. Powerful stuff…

  2. Jingle says:

    so refreshing,
    Thanks for the lovely comments,
    keep smiling…


  3. Lance says:

    Love your poetry! And the pictures and quotes, too – have deep meaning. I’m especially loving the anonymous quote – and it’s reminding me that I can emerge in new ways….by looking at patterns which might be limiting me…

  4. nrhatch says:

    Nice to see ZEBRAS getting top billing!!! You should see my writing office ~ 13 zebras surround me at all times.

    I asked the zebra, Are you black with white strips? Or white with black strips?
    And the zebra asked me:
    Are you good with bad habits? Or are you bad with good habits?
    Are you noisy with quiet times? Or are you quiet with noisy times?
    Are you happy with sad days? Or are you sad with happy days?
    Are you neat with some sloppy ways? Or are you sloppy with some neat ways?
    And on and on and on and on
    And on and on he went.
    I’ll never ask a zebra about stripes again.
    ~ Shel Silverstein, A Light in the Attic

    Wonderful post. Wonderful poem. ZEBRA-tastic shots!!!

    • Naomi says:

      Oh wow, Nancy, your office must be gorgeous…no wonder you’re so inpired!! We have another of Dave’s zebra shots framed in our living room. Thank you for sharing this poem & so glad you like the pics 😀

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  6. Heart says:

    It is so interesting to see the reference of the Atharva Veda here Naomi, so nice! I think we are always in the process of moulding ourselves to suit the surroundings that we live in.. And our patterns prove that every time..
    There is so much to appreciate the beauty of wild life, and your pictures just bring the idea home, lovely!!

  7. Your blog continues to delight and amaze me – and Dave’s photos – well, what is there to say but Oooh and Ahhh – WOW! Thanks so much! Speaking of patterns, I direct you to some photos from the Pittsburgh Zoo of the triplet Amur tigers born in September. It’s so much fun to try and tell them apart! See them at:

    BTW, in your previous post on appetite, I forgot to comment that my favorite quote is Horace Greeley’s! How perfect. . .

  8. gnarlyoak says:

    Love the way the poem goes with the quotes. The second zebra shot is awesome.
    “But what of humanity –
    makers of mistakes,
    thanks to the gift of
    free will?” Great turning point in the poem.

  9. Amy says:

    Just finished a walk with a good friend – a retired nurse – and shared the challenge of making major life changes. We jump in with great enthusiasm and then are left to living up to ourselves! 🙂

  10. Rajlakshmi says:

    I love watching patterns… some plant too have very interesting patterns…
    wonderful post 😀

    • Naomi says:

      Thanks so much, Raj, also for mentioning plants 🙂 ‘The Poetry Wagon’ link wasn’t direct, but took me to your enchanting poem (and pic) “Beautiful Morn”, which introduced me to the Etheree form – Thank You!!

  11. Just love that wild dog’s tale:-)

    I love these thoughts….discerning patterns is what we’re all about ….

  12. nrhatch says:

    I had to come back and take another look at this post ~ yesterday, I got so excited to see zebras that I couldn’t absorb the rest of Patterns.

    I agree with gnarlyoak, “But what of humanity – makers of mistakes, thanks to the gift of free will?” is a terrific transition.

    And your last stanza punctuates the flow of free will well ~ out with the negative habits, in with life affirming patterns.

    “When patterns are broken, new worlds emerge.” – Unknown

  13. Jamie Dedes says:

    I love this. The poem is perfect and well wrought, a framework if you will. The sentiment is true. The photos are absolutely fantastic. Thank you, Naomi and Dave.

  14. Brett says:

    Absolutely extraordinary pictures of the Zebras Naomi! Fantastic indeed.

    I’m sorry I haven’t been around lately as I have been extremely busy. Zebras are some of my favourite animals and I have never seen them captured quite as well as here. Good job! Also, I’ve never really thought about patterns like this (I tend to apply patterns more to business or tech trends) and I fell refreshed to have patterns introduced in such a fashion as a Zebra or two.

    Thanks Naomi and send my blessings to the family and pups…

    • Naomi says:

      Thanks a ton, Brett! Always great to hear from you and know exactly what you mean about being busy 🙂 Your trend spotting is most useful to the rest of us!

      I must confess that we’ve only the one pup now, after returning Quilla recently to their breeder. It was a tough decision, as well as a lesson in sibling rivalry and ‘family relations’, which took much deliberation and consultation with our vet and dog whisperer…So from all the rest of us, best regards and blessings back to you!

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  16. julieann1231 says:

    That is a lovely post such wonderful photos and a wonderful poem. The patterns on the Zebra are amazing just like the patterns that are formed in the clouds. I enjoyed reading your post and i hope you have a lovely day there.

  17. thysleroux says:

    Truly brilliant photography!

    This establishes a “pattern of excellence” … 🙂

  18. Jingle says:

    have a lovely Saturday.
    love those quotes about patterns.
    witty choices.

  19. Tokeloshe says:

    WOW! Excellent!

    What a wonderful post, a creative subject, beautiful poem, great quotes and with stunning photos as always!

    I love your blog 😉

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