A pattern, apart from the term’s use to mean “Template”, is a discernible regularity in the world or in a man-made design. As such, the elements of a pattern repeat in a predictable manner.
In this photograph I particularly like the pattern of the tiled paving stones which leads you to the main monument. Taken as the sun was starting to set the gold writing is highlighted against the block patterns of the stone which make up the columns
Some patterns may only be observed by analysis such as abstract patterns in science, mathematics, or even language.
Nature is always creating patterns which are often chaotic, never exactly repeating, and often involve fractals.
The tigers camouflage, utilizes, stripes, light and dark areas to blend in with it’s natural environment.
Patterns in the sand left by the receding tide, create spirals, meanders and waves.
In art and architecture, decorations or visual motifs may be combined and repeated to form patterns designed to have a chosen effect on the viewer.
Here in Gloucester Cathedral Cloisters there are repeating patterns in the stained glass windows, the carved stone, even the floor has a pattern.
My favourite pattern is the action of the waves on the beach. What is yours?