The Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #116: Symmetry presented by Patti Moed came out on Saturday, but I am always at least a day late. Today it’s worse. I have excuses, two little ones. One of which I can use for this week’s challenge.

My Excuse for Tardiness (This Week)

My husband discovered this little kitten under a bush next to the driveway. He left for over an hour and when he got back, the kitten hadn’t moved. His symmetrical face had more caked on goo around his eyes than than iced sugar cookies at Christmas.

The next thing I knew, I was scrounging to get food and bottles to try to save his life. He made it through the night, but was failing. He needed a vet and mine couldn’t see him until Oct. 1st. We found his brother the next day in a different section of our yard.

A friend had some amoxicillin, but she encouraged me to crash the vet’s office. We are both regulars there. So I did. Snickerdoodle was so dehydrated that he needed intravenous fluids. Six days later, little Snickerdoodle looked like this. He and his brother need a wonderful symmetrical home, if you know of one, please contact me.

Snickerdoodle age 3 weeks

Symmetry found naturally like Snickerdoodle in the picture above, is often copied in man-made items because our eyes enjoy balance.

Natural Symmetry

In March right around the time the lock down glued us at home, I walked with a friend around Bravo Lake. It looked so symmetrical that morning, I had to snap a picture.

Bravo Lake, Woodlake, CA

Man-Made Symmetry

Big cities boast about their architecture and examples of symmetry abound. Few cities can compete with Las Vegas for the varied architectural designs that they have copied from all over the world.

I loved the symmetry in this plaza in New York New York. I didn’t even notice at first the two windows displaying the Empire State Building with their matching lights on either side of the arches.

Symmetry abounds in this picture even if the picture itself is not symmetrical. This cylindrical chandelier added that Italian artistic flair.

Not to be outdone, visitors can count on the Bellagio for it’s ostentatious art and floral displays. As Patti pointed out, beauty and symmetry go together, and the cylindrical light displays alone were enough to make it into the Symmetry Hall of Fame, but the arches all the way around the hall, the ceiling tiles, even the matching mice added balance to the scene.

Unlike my friend Carol, who loves a loo with a view, I don’t usually take pictures of bathrooms. This Venetian public bathroom took my breath away. (and not because it smelled badly) You can see how the marble reflects the symmetrical floor. So how many examples of symmetry do you see in this picture? No fair counting individual squares.

Odd-Ball Symmetry

That sounds like an oxymoron, but tell me if you don’t agree when you see these next two photos. These examples also came from Las Vegas.

Maybe these were for sale. If so, which one would you purchase, if money and clashing with your decor was no object?

This little guy was in a store window. You can see the reflection in the lower part of the picture. I photoshopped the upper part of the picture out to create some negative space instead of shoppers.

Thank you Patti for this great challenge. For more Lens-Artists’ Responses check Patti’s website.

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13 responses to “Symmetry Maintains Equilibrium and Brings Photography into Balance”

  1. pattimoed Avatar

    You really took us on a tour in your post this week. Symmetry here, there, and everywhere! I’m so glad you rescued the kittens. Adorable. I love your reflection in Bravo Lake. Lovely.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      I tried to relate it all. It was a great topic. 🙂

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  2. robertawrites235681907 Avatar

    I enjoyed your pictures, Marsha, a good idea for symmetry.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks, Robbie. Once you start browsing through your photos, you find examples everywhere, right?

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  3. Retirement Reflections Avatar

    Thank you for rescuing the kittens. Sending warm thoughts that they find good homes.
    I love the beautiful symmetry of this post — both in your photography and in your words. Beautiful!

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thank you Donna, What a lovely thing to say. 🙂

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  4. JohnRH Avatar

    Good for you for rescuing the kittens. It’s sad what people do to animals. Unmentioned is the small pic of the cemetery at the top. It’s a shot I could have posted, as I’ve visited numerous military cemeteries. The symmetry of thousands of headstones is something to behold. Viva Las Vegas! I liked the NY NY roller coaster when I was there. The Venetian had a museum display of 100 years of motorcycling and I liked the predator aquarium at Mandalay Bay. There’s more to do than just gamble.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Hi John, Yes, we don’t gamble much. Vince likes to play poker, but I like something in return for my money, and I don’t do well gambling. Have you been to the dam? There is so much to do there. We could go every few months – but we don’t. The only think I like to avoid there is summer! 🙂

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      1. JohnRH Avatar

        Yes. I lived there MANY moons ago when I was MUCH younger. The city was much smaller and I could bike the perimeter , 30-40 miles, in the morning before it got hot. In a previous lifetime, I think.

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          Hi John, We considered it briefly. It is so expensive to buy anything there now. We have one very close friend who lives there, but would be super far from our kids, and I hate the heat. 🙂 But I love visiting. 🙂

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  5. Tina Schell Avatar

    Wow Marsha – that ALOTTA symmetry!!! Some really fun examples – I especially liked the glitzy Las Vegas images. A perfect spot to find symmetry around every corner! Thanks for joining the fun this week.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      My pleasure, Tina. I think everyone has a LOT of symmetry in their pictures when they start looking for it. 🙂

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