Braille Word Art - Braille patterns found in nature
Brian J. Craguncragun@us.ibm.com
Wim Scheere recently posted a beautiful image on Beehive of braille code observed in nature.
This fascinating image is both beautiful and poetic.
Because Beehive is not very accessible, I post it here (with his permission)
providing a detailed description and information so that it can be enjoyed and appreciated
by the blind community.
Wim's image is titled "hope".
The image features a macro closeup of 9 blades of grass covered in morning dew.
Dew droplets perch near the top of each blade; crystal clear spheres of water held high
by the blades of grass like flags on poles. The clusters of dew ride on both the right and
the left of the blades, at different heights on the grass shafts; sets of two, one, and three,
with seeming random spacing.
Wim then shows us a pattern in the clusters of dew on four of the blades.
He digitally draws a rectangle around the dew drops of each of four clusters,
their spacing in nature showing a recognizable dot pattern within the superimposed rectangle.
In the corner of the image, he provides a key to the dot patterns -- it is the key of the six dot,
two column braille code. Matching the braille code to the patterns in the dew we read the
letters "H O P E".
Wim provides the following original poetry he has written about the photo, translated to English:
HopeHope is a dutch word in its origins, and is the same in English, Hope.
Those that see do not understand
Those that understand do not see
I find the image beautiful and the mental discovery of the message intriguing.
Technical information about the photo:
The photo was taken and edited in photoshop by Wim Scheere of Belgium, who comments,
"The picture is taken in the Arboretum in Tervuren, Belgium which is a relatively unique place
because it is a geographic arboretum - the trees are planted by country and for the states per
state (so you walk from California to Florida and end up in Canada). "