Local Patterns (Pattern Chapter Intro)

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In the world that we all share, there are local patterns to be found. You just have to pay attention, because if you look and listen closely, you can see and hear nature’s heart beating. And my, what a glorious sound it makes as it echoes all around us in the natural habitats we call home.

We are small entities surviving in the vastness of an ecosystem. An ecosystem is a group that consists of organisms that are together in the same environment and depend on the area of which they inhabit. Forests, grasslands, deserts, rain forests, wetlands, and savannas name a few of the different ecosystems that make up our planet. The various patterns of each habitat help define and classify each type of ecosystem. How’s the climate? What vegetation, if any, grows there? Answering these questions and others allow us to differentiate between all of the territories.

Animals and other living organisms create our environmental patterns and leave remnants of themselves as proof of their existence. On land and underwater, we discover that some become a part of the pattern. Nature shares and conceals its treasures for only the adventurous to encounter. You can find life in a garden (flowers, insects, etc). You can find life in the trees (birds, squirrels, etc). You can find life almost anywhere, even where the land stops housing it.

The steady waves of an ocean, flow back-and-forth, rising and falling in a rhythmic motion. The living creatures below the surface have their own set ways of life and appearances that group them together and set them apart. The fish travel in schools to avoid becoming the next meal; their physical forms are made up of scales, the bony plates that overlap on their bodies. The coral reefs spread out and pulsate; they are different sizes and colors, as well. Because there are so many colorful creatures that inhabit the ocean, the world is a rainbow underwater.

Patterns do come in all shapes, sizes, and textures. Think BIG! The trunk of a tree, the clouds in the sky during the day, and the stars in the sky at night are all full of various patterns. Think small! The bone of a fish, the bumpy skin of a frog or rough skin of an iguana, and the petals of a flower all contain unique patterns of an interesting variety. Think smaller - microscopic! The gills of a mushroom, the single blade of grass, and the wings of a fly all have obvious patterns when examined up close. We are sustained by local patterns - natural designs without which we could not survive. So, look up, look down, and explore nature in all of its epic and tiny proportions. You might be surprised by what you discover. I recommend you start searching in your own backyard.

Created: Mar 07, 2014

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