I stumbled across an interview with Roger Penrose posed before a river speaking about his theories of the universe. In the distance what appeared to be a naked man entered the river while he talked. The next morning, I sat on the hill in the yard taking pictures of the garden. I watched a bumblebee tirelessly moving about the larkspur. Did he have a purpose? Or maybe the question is did he know he had a purpose? How was it he came to fulfil this need in the universe?
Last winter I got interested in Islamic patterns. I spend a month or so drawing 5, and 6 fold patterns. That interest led me to some of the tilings of Roger Penrose. “A Penrose tiling is a non-periodic tiling generated by an aperiodic set of prototiles Fivefold tilings have this problem that they don’t really form patterns without adding some other shapes into the mixture. https://plus.maths.org/content/trouble-five. Perhaps it was just this interest in patterns that tied the whole thing together. A coincidence or maybe a strange definition of the singularity. Who knows? Penrose made a remark about real numbers as opposed to numbers like (i) the square root of -1. That reminded me of the F/stops in the camera which are based on the square root of 2. A formula which though simply approximate generates the area of the iris in the camera, the aperture.
These were the things running through my mind as I waited to catch the bumblebee.in the focus of the camera. Penrose described a theory about universes repeated in the eons of time. I thought that was a very Buddhist idea at the time. Sitting here though I couldn’t help but wonder if the larkspur, the bumblebee, and I had shared this moment before. Like f/stops circles have this way of being generated from imprecise number and yet seeming to be perfect shapes at the same time.