Spirals have been a bit of an obsession with me for many years, as evidenced by the main image that has always adorned this blog (which, one day, I will tell the story of). Not sure where that obsession originated but it’s manifested itself in a collection of ceramic bowls with spiral motifs, and with a growing set of photographs that I’ve taken.
This spiral obsession has some relevance to biodiversity. Spirals are a recurrent feature of nature, and crop up everywhere from the flower heads of members of the daisy family to the whorled shells of gastropod molluscs. Some of these are governed by mathematical processes such as the Fibonacci Series. The spiral is also a much better description of the natural sequence of life and death than “the circle of life“. Circles go back to where they started, which life never does; a spiral, it seems to me, captures that circular forward motion much more effectively, at least when viewed in three dimensions.
Some of the photographs I’ve taken are also of human constructs and cultural artefacts, because the spiral has been a motif used by artists and crafts people for thousands of years, as well as a useful bit of geometry for engineering and architectural purposes.
But, mainly, I just like spirals. And I need an outlet for this obsession beyond scouring eBay and antique shops for interesting bowls. Hence I thought I’d start Spiral Sunday*, a regular (maybe) posting of spiral images that I’ve captured, together with a brief description. It’s possible that this may amuse no one except me, but ho hum.
Spiral Sunday #1 was taken this morning as I harvested the last of our tomatoes. An undisciplined water regime on our part has meant that some of the fruits have split; in this case tensions within the tomato skin have resulted in a spiral split.
*I freely admit to having been inspired by the “Silent Sunday” feature on the Murtagh’s Meadow blog. Check it out if you don’t know it.