This week’s Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge (CB&W) topic is Patterns. I wan to see all sorts of patterns, on building, clothes, nature, the list is endless. Your patterns can either be a unique looking piece or a pattern created by repetition.

BW icicles monochrome

This was not just a photographic challenge. It became something of a philosophical puzzle too. I had to define “pattern” for myself. Does pattern imply “natural” repetition of a theme? Can it be an abstract design that does not repeat?

BW sidewalk hyannis

I eventually decided on “abstract design created by nature.” Nature … but very far from natural. I used so many different effects, from the camera and via Photoshop and other filters that I actually lost track. Suffice to say that these pictures were taken of natural subjects, but the processing is profoundly artificial.


Which brings me to the next philosophical photographic issue. At what point does a picture that started as a photograph cease being one and become a different form of art? I have no answer for that. Not yet. Maybe later.


Author: Marilyn Armstrong

Opinionated writer with hopes for a better future for all plus a big helping of cynicism.


  1. Great photos. I was so fascinated with the icicles – in Austria it was an offence not to monitor them and break them off when they got too long and heavy – a baby was killed in a stroller from one.
    Our weather here in New Zealand is strange. We now have freezing southerly blasts and snow on the mountains – just a couple of weeks out from the official start of summer. Sigh. Our winter just doesn’t want to move so I know how you feel.


  2. Wow…Wonderful patterns! Those icicles are amazing, but glad I’m not in their presence. Love the winding white line…Purpose???? The sunburst in the bricks. You got good ones. Now mine feel dumb. (Not fishing, honest…but time too short to dig or take new ones. 1:16 and I have to get up in 5 1/2 hours. Work, work, work.


    1. The winding white line is part of the entrance to the Kennedy Museum in Hyannis. As far as I know, it’s entirely decorative. But it sure is pretty.

      Icicles are beautiful, but destructive and surprisingly dangerous. I am not looking forward to the W season 😁


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