Local Heart, Global Soul

November 20, 2012

Mother Nature’s Tattoos…

Filed under: ART,PHOTOGRAPHY,Rasa Sentosa,SINGAPORE — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

If you have been following my blog for any length of time at all you will know that I like to take photographs of very ordinary things, extraordinary things (when the opportunity presents itself) and everything in between.

I’m a detail fanatic, possibly to the point of perversion on occasion (Yes, I did draw a portrait built up entirely of minuscule dots from a 1 millimetre fine-liner black pen once many moons ago) and I’ve been known to embroider on 120 count  (that’s the number of threads to the inch) silk gauze too.

Small is often very beautiful… so it’s no surprise that I’m the idiot photographer who, when there are stunning views to be had within Singapore’s Rasa Sentosa hotel, is the one who’s pointing my camera lens towards the floor.

There’s a good reason for this… (well in my little tiny mind there is at least LOL)… the paving stones in the floor have fossilised plants in them and I find them stunning, intricate and beautiful.

These little plants may have had the misfortune to get trapped in layers of mud instead of falling from their trees and contributing to natures compost but their mud pack served to keep them preserved for millions of years, or at least if the organic contents is long gone, the detailed outline of what they once were remains.

Whilst some resemble what the Amazon river must look like from space, I think others look like Mother’s Nature’s tattoo’s … this is rock formation  ‘body-art”,  the detailed artwork that adorns the greater body of nature for millennia and in the kind of tiny detail that human tattoo artists can only dream about achieving.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)


  1. you sound like an anthropologist: someone who lives to catalog things 🙂

    Comment by writerjaymaul — November 20, 2012 @ 1:18 am | Reply

    • Welcome to my blog writerjaymaul,
      Sadly I’m not an anthropologist, but apparently I may have missed my vocation because it sounds like yet another job I’d love to do!
      I did do a specialist training course once when I needed to change my job, you answered a ton of questions and they came out with a preferred occupation that would match your personality, character strengths etc.
      Mine shocked them because the leaning towards one single profession was so strong (usually you get a mixture of stuff) The job was forensic scientist… sadly I majored in Arts subjects and not Sciences and didn’t feel like starting again so drastically but it would have been an amazing job for me.

      Comment by kiwidutch — November 20, 2012 @ 5:04 am | Reply

  2. These are very intriguing and such beautiful preserved plants! I teach others how to preserve and identify plants, but these certainly get the prize for perfection. I originally thought they might have been lichens or algae of some sort!
    You have captured them very well!

    Comment by Madoqua — November 20, 2012 @ 11:59 am | Reply

    • Welcome to my blog Madoqua,
      Thank you for your kind words, truth is I may have captured them well but Mother Mature made it easy for me by capturing them even better first 🙂

      Would’t it be amazing if someone could definitively work out if these plants had relatives and descendants still growing today? it’s probably not possible because the DNA is long gone from these but the idea is nice at least.

      Comment by kiwidutch — November 20, 2012 @ 7:31 pm | Reply

  3. They are so pretty!

    Comment by Tilly Bud - The Laughing Housewife — November 20, 2012 @ 3:00 pm | Reply

    • Thanks Tilly! They are all so intricate and whilst some are a but wild and splodgy others really could be tattoos on skin (ok if you were willing to squint rather hard LOL) Graphic designer’s have got nothing on Mother Nature 🙂

      Comment by kiwidutch — November 20, 2012 @ 7:13 pm | Reply

  4. These are beautiful! I love that you turn your camera to the details; you find things that others miss.

    Comment by Luddy's Lens — November 20, 2012 @ 5:35 pm | Reply

    • Luddy you are sweet, ! but now I have to confess that there were probably several hundred of these in the floor and to be honest I think I did a very good job restraining myself with some twenty photos… (sigh) such is my dedication to detail that left to my own devices I *would* have been happy spend a whole morning trying to photograph them all LOL
      Controlling myself from being excessive is a constant battle… so much detail, so little time 🙂
      For me, trying to walk past detail is exactly like my son trying to walk past a puddle… you just KNOW you want to…. and it’s soooooo hard to tear yourself away!
      I think that one lifetime just isn’t enough for us arty types… so much beauty in the world and not enough time in only one lifetime to appreciate it all.

      Comment by kiwidutch — November 20, 2012 @ 7:22 pm | Reply

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