Shapes | East Wenatchee, WA | 2013

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In the natural world, shapes repeat. I’m thinking of similar spirals in seashells and galaxies. Or the look-alike branching of tree canopies and river deltas. Or a leaf’s edge compared to a jagged ridge line. A botany professor I knew in college once gripped a sapling’s trunk to mimic, he said, a parasitic vining plant. Sure enough, the trunk’s lower half was wrapped in tendrils held fast with tiny three-fingered “hands” — the perfect living tool to reach and grasp whether you’re a human professor or mooching vine.