Have you ever come across a little book entitled “Li: Dynamic Form in Nature” by David Wade?
It’s tiny, but it’s a total treat.
He takes and old Chinese philosophical concept “li” and translates it in a particular way which throws an amazing light on what we see around us.
Simply put, he describes li as the invisible forces, or energies which produce the different shapes and forms of the natural world – you know the kind of things – the branching forms of a tree or root system, the wave forms in water and sand, the feathery patterns of clouds and, ah, well, feathers!
I love encountering these kinds of echoes and symmetries, especially when we can see a similar form in two or more completely different contexts – like the sky I look up at, then the feather I find on the grass at my feet.