|Spiderweb covered with dew at Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge (TN)|
|Credit: Gabby Salazar|
Sometimes it can be difficult to decide what you would like to photograph. I often make up a personal assignment. One of my favorite assignments is to find patterns in nature. If you look closely at leaves, bark, stones or flower petals, you can find many beautiful repeating lines and patterns.
This month, get down low in the grass to examine an ant hill or look for dew drops on plants. You will find unexpected beauty in natural patterns. If you have a digital camera, read the manual to find the macro setting that allows you to focus closely on small objects. Remember to hold your camera steady as you take a picture and to try different perspectives for each subject.
Take Action Find the following patterns in your backyard or a nearby refuge: