Mother Nature as an Abstract Artist

Oscar Wilde noted that ‘life imitates art far more than art imitates life’ – and as dubious as this might sound, perhaps there’s something to it. How often do we hear someone, gazing across rolling countryside, exclaim: ‘It looks just like a painting!’ Quaint pastoral landscapes aside, there are certain natural scenes that put us more in mind of abstract masterpieces than nature’s rough-edged panoramas: foremost among them, the lyrical swirls of canyon striations.

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