Weekly Photo Challenge: GEOMETRY (4)

Here we go round the prickly pear
Prickly pear prickly pear
Here we go round the prickly pear
At five o’clock in the morning.

T.S. Eliot, The Waste Land

Botanical geometry, now we see ONE globe:

And now there are TWO:

THREE globe cacti:

Perfect circles, round by nature. They remind me of other natural circles that go round and round and round —  often just as prickly as a cactus. But these circles are inside rather than outside, and they don’t remain still for long. They whirl and whirl and whirl, those circles that reside In the Windmills of Your Mind:

The song haunts me, especially perhaps at, not five, but three o’clock in the morning. I know them so well, those windmills whirling in my mind. Do you know them too?

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12 Responses to Weekly Photo Challenge: GEOMETRY (4)

  1. Cee Neuner says:

    One of my favorite songs and singers!! Those cactus are great for geometry!

  2. My windmills are more like the little hamster on the wheel. One day someone said to me”break the damn wheel !” Which leads me to wonder what the inside of a round cactus looks like.

    • Touch2Touch says:

      Interesting speculation, Joss.
      Maybe they’re really hollow? With spiky prickles sticking down into their hollow bellies?
      But prickly as they are, they have their own austere, hands-off beauty.
      (Oho, I guess that’s one thing the beauty of geometry might be.)

  3. Gemma says:

    Windmills in my mind. Know them well. Great pix. Ahhhhh. Nature. Gotta love it. 🙂

  4. Rebekah says:

    Beautiful post!!! The cacti, the song that is so intimately associated with a certain time of my life, and the windmills that I know so well … their swooshing sound 😉 I try not to fight them too hard.

  5. pauline says:

    I try to turn my wee morning hour circles into spirals so that I can feel like I’m moving rather than merely spinning. Sometimes it works. All nature is lines – straight ones, circular ones, squiggly ones – perhaps that’s why we humans seek patterns to help make sense of life. Loving your geometry photos 🙂

  6. Jen says:

    Ah – I tilt at those windmills sometimes too often to count.

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