“Texture is the most enduring and ubiquitous underpinning of form… certainly a calming, meditative and appealing world for both the eye and mind.” – Lynda Lehmann
Texture in nature is somehow one of the easiest things to overlook. While hiking, most people are constantly looking ahead, anticipating the next vast landscape that makes them feel so small in the world. This experience catches our breath. To see a towering mountain, deep valley, and unending horizon is powerful. But so is the earth beneath our feet and smaller elements we normally pass without taking notice—the rocky terrain. To stop and really study something far less breath-taking (at least at first), can lead to an entirely different experience. An experience that shows you the power of texture.
It’s easy to look at photos like this and quickly move on, just as it is when you’re literally walking right by it. But, if you stop, and spend a few moments to see the rugged beauty, it can be just as powerful as a vast landscape if not more. Notice the colors in this image. The rough, sharp edges worn by time and storm. The spread of lichen. The natural use of light and shadow. The depth.
Texture. It can show you a whole new “world for both the eye and the mind.”