THE GOLDEN RATIO AND THE RULE OF THIRDS IN NATURE

NATURE THE BEST ARTIST

Below images were taken in Dublin Botanic Garden in one of the Victorian greenhouses. The succulent plants made me think of the golden ratio, the mathematical formula that creates – everything!

Dublin Botanic Garden
Dublin Botanic Garden

Dublin Botanic Garden

THE RULE OF THIRDS

When I was studying design I was thought the number three is the ‘magic’ number. Use no more than three colours if you want to have well designed interior space  (only if you are very creative introduce the 4th colour in very small doses). Use the maximum of 3 typefaces if you are working with typography and keep the same rule when it comes to texture and shape. If you follow the rule your work will look good if not very good.

The Golden Spiral is also based on that magic number. Working space is dived into 1/3 and then the smaller part of it once again is divided into 1/3 and so on so on till eternity. When you join the meeting points with a curvy line it creates the spiral effect.

Our eye is ‘lazy’ does not like to make an effort when reading and sending the information to our brain. Anything that is is well balanced mathematically is also very well designed.

The pattern of the spiral can be used for creating a really well-composed photograph.

The Great Wave off Kanagawa, by Hokusai
The Great Wave off Kanagawa, by Hokusai

Dublin Botanic Garden
Dublin Botanic Garden

Dublin Botanic Garden

Dublin Botanic Garden

GOLDEN RATIO LIFE BALANCE

ADOBE COLOR WHEEL&SCHEMES

There is an interesting website called Adobe Color. After creating an account you can upload an image and it will pick the most dominating colours out of an image. You can save the selection of colours into your library and share it with other users. The result will show five colours which work very well together, try to choose three out of the five for your project or an idea for further development.

I uploaded few images from the Dublin Botanic Garden to learn a little bit about colour’s combination designed by nature.

Dublin Botanic Garden
Dublin Botanic Garden
Dublin National Botanic Garden
Adobe Kuler
Dublin Botanic Garden
Dublin Botanic Garden
Dublin National Botanic Garden
Adobe Kuler
Dublin Botanic Garden
Dublin Botanic Garden
Dublin National Botanic Garden
Adobe Kuler
Dublin Botanic Garden
Dublin Botanic Garden
Dublin National Botanic Garden
Adobe Kuler
Dublin Botanic Garden
Dublin Botanic Garden
Dublin National Botanic Garden
Adobe Kuler
Dublin Botanic Garden
Dublin Botanic Garden
Dublin National Botanic Garden
Adobe Kuler
Dublin Botanic Garden
Dublin Botanic Garden
Dublin National Botanic Garden
Adobe Kuler
Dublin National Botanic Garden
Dublin Botanic Garden

Adobe Kuler

Dublin Botanic Garden
Dublin Botanic Garden

Adobe Kuler

Dublin Botanic Garden
Dublin Botanic Garden

Adobe Kuler

Dublin Botanic Garden
Dublin Botanic Garden

Adobe Kuler

Dublin Botanic Garden
Dublin Botanic Garden

Adobe Kuler

Dublin Botanic Garden
Dublin Botanic Garden

Adobe Kuler

 


 

This should be my last post this year or maybe this season on gardens and plants. I have few other things I would like to write about but first I want to finish the series on gardens, just to close it … for a while at least.

Dublin Botanic Garden
Happy turtle in the pond of Dublin Botanic Garden

 

 

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CACTUS GARDEN IN BARCELONA CITY

Montjuic hillside, Cactus Garden, Barcelona

THE MONTJUIC HILLSIDE, CACTUS GARDEN

Montjuic Mountain is a hillside on the coast of Barcelona city. Today it is one of the top tourist’s attractions with museums, sports venues, gardens and restaurants. There is a good bit of walking on a steep hill, so make sure you are wearing comfortable shoes and drink plenty of water if you decide to visit it.

The Cactus Garden called Jardins de Mossen Costa i Llorbera was designed in 1970 and refurbished 25 years later. The garden specialises in a variety of species from desert, sub-desert and tropical areas. It contains 800 types of cactuses and succulents, some of them are several hundred years old. Access to the garden is free of charge.

Cactuses have plenty of ‘followers’ and I am one of them too. Prickly and undemanding beasts with a great character. Their architectural qualities can make a great statement for any living space. The slow growth makes them even more special.

Cool addition to the garden would be a little gift shop with unusual cactuses and succulents … I was hoping to find one there but unfortunately, there isn’t such a facility.

THE MONTJUIC HILLSIDE VIEW

CACTUSES

PALMS

 

 

BLOOM FESTIVAL 2017, PART 3

Bloom Festival 2017, Dublin

Bloom Festival 2017 & my last photographs

This is a mix of different gardens, unfortunately, I did not have a chance to catch their names and the designers. Just to let you know; plants will not look that good if they are planted so close to each other. By nature, they will fight for the territory and access to light, so the stronger, taller plant will take over the little one.

The way there are designed (except the Wall Garden) is just for the show and for the visual aspect of the garden. It is a bit like the IKEA rooms with a perfect colour synchronisation, styling and arrangement of the objects. All clean and tidy but no one lives there, it is just a set to let you be inspired!

Paper flower are designed and created by Queens of Neon.

Enjoy the colours and the ideas!

BLOOM FESTIVAL VLOG

THE WALL GARDEN

Bloom Festival 2017, Dublin
The Wall Garden

Bloom Festival 2017, Dublin

Bloom Festival 2017, Dublin

Bloom Festival 2017, Dublin

WHITE, RED & PURPLE

PAPER, COLOURS & WOOD

 

 

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BLOOM FESTIVAL 2017, PART 2

Bloom Festival 2017, Living Oasis by Santa Rita ‘Living La Vida 120’

So, I have taken so many photos the day I went to see the Bloom Festival that I will have to spread them in more than two or maybe even three posts.

Taking photographs among such a crowd of people was not ideal, but hey maybe that’s the skill to be quick but good at it. In this post, I would like to feature few gardens with a story and a message behind them that somehow stood out among others.

Living La Vida 120 by Kevin Dennis

Celebrating the ‘oasis moment’ that we search in our lives the garden has an exotic look with a primitive feel and clean lines of contemporary design. I could picture the garden somewhere behind the main house, an area that was used for something else but with time and human activity became a place of retreat. Sort of a playground for grown-ups who love a bit of adventure.

Bloom Festival 2017, Living Oasis by Santa Rita ‘Living La Vida 120’
Bloom Festival 2017, Living Oasis by Santa Rita ‘Living La Vida 120’

Bloom Festival 2017, Living Oasis by Santa Rita ‘Living La Vida 120’

Bloom Festival 2017, Living Oasis by Santa Rita ‘Living La Vida 120’

Bloom Festival 2017, Living Oasis by Santa Rita ‘Living La Vida 120’

Bloom Festival 2017, Living Oasis by Santa Rita ‘Living La Vida 120’

Bloom Festival 2017, Living Oasis by Santa Rita ‘Living La Vida 120’

Bloom Festival 2017, Living Oasis by Santa Rita ‘Living La Vida 120’

Bloom Festival 2017, Living Oasis by Santa Rita ‘Living La Vida 120’
Bloom Festival 2017, Living Oasis by Santa Rita ‘Living La Vida 120’

 

A World Beyond Walls, Oxfam Ireland, by Niall Maxwell

In the last number of years there are now 63 walls and fences being built mostly in Europe between communities and between countries, says Jim Clarken CEO, Oxfam Ireland.

The World Beyond Walls designed by Niall Maxwell is a communal park with a big wall at the back that has been taken apart. The empty space in the concrete wall has been replaced with a mirror. I did not realise it at first when I was looking at the garden, I thought I was looking at a crowd of people on the other side of the wall.

When we are looking at that wall we see our reflection, so anyone on the other side of the wall is exactly the same as us. Human emotions are the same, no matter where we come from. Who would have thought Donald Trump would inspire such a cool, urban garden! 😀

Bloom Festival 2017, A World Beyond Walls
Bloom Festival 2017, A World Beyond Walls

Bloom Festival 2017, A World Beyond Walls

Bloom Festival 2017, A World Beyond Walls

Bloom Festival 2017, A World Beyond Walls

Bloom Festival 2017, A World Beyond Walls

Trócaire at Bloom 2017

The garden is designed to demonstrate the ongoing struggle that many indigenous people are faced with when defending their land. Being an environmental defender in Central America is very dangerous with two people killed every week defending their land, forests and waterways from big international corporations. In 2015, there were 185 murders of people defending their lands, forests and rivers in 16 countries across the world; the deadliest year on record. (click on source)

Trócaire volunteer at the show gave me the background story of the garden; it starts with a very poor soil on which only very resistant plants can grow – this part represents people who have been forced from their land for political and commercial reasons while suffering persecution and human rights abuses.

The inner area contrasts this with a lush oasis, symbolising the sustainable rejuvenation and empowerment made possible through Trócaire support.

The plastic purple panels represent people coming together, the colour is changing depending on the light.

Bloom Festival 2017, Trócaire
Bloom Festival 2017, Trócaire

Bloom Festival 2017, Trócaire

Bloom Festival 2017, Trócaire

Bloom Festival 2017, Trócaire

Bloom Festival 2017, Trócaire

Hope you feel inspired! 😀

 

 

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THE BOTANICAL GARDEN OF THE COSTA BRAVA

Marimurtra Botanical Garden

THE MARIMURTRA BOTANICAL GARDEN

The Marimurtra Botanical Garden is located on the coast of the Mediterranean, perched on top of rocky cliffs in Blanes, in Catalonia, Spain. It is a creation of a German botanist Carl Faust who founded the garden in 1920’s.

It is a four hectares land dominated by a Mediterranean forest which is divided into three zones; subtropical, temperate and Mediterranean. There is also a pond with good few koi fishes 😀

A friend of mine visited the garden last winter, some of those images are from that visit. You can probably notice the different light, the plants or some of them look different too as they were in a state of vegetation. We went to visit the garden again at the end of April this year. To get the proper feeling of the place, it is probably the best to see the garden during different seasons of the year. There is a lot to take in during the first visit with 3,000 exotic species and plenty of other visitors around who are trying to find their own privacy within the place.

Poems wall in Marimurtra Botanical Garden

Marimurtra Botanic Garden
Poems wall

Mignon’s Longing
By J.W. Goethe

You know that land where lemon orchards bloom,
Its golden oranges aglow in gloom,
That land of soft wind blowing from blue sky,
Where myrtle hushes and the laurel’s high?
You know that land?
That way! That way
I’d go with you, my love, and go today. (…)

The Original: Mignons Sehnsucht, translated by A.Z. Foreman

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Personally, I found the garden very mythological … inspired by Greek gods and goddesses. Venus, Poseidon, Aphrodite or Zeus they all live there 😉 in a peaceful, calm atmosphere. Marimurtra garden is one of those places where you can travel back in time spiritually … as the time does not exist while you there 🙂

 

ZOOM

 

Curious koi fishes are not used to the camera!

 

Post created in collaboration with Sparky Magazine, all images&videos were produced by Sparky Magazine.

 

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