This giant palm frond took my breath away when I saw it – it was large enough to shelter my wife and I had it been raining. Under this beautiful emerald canopy, it is impossible not to marvel at nature’s intricacies unfolding around us. I love architecture – but sometimes, it seems no proxy of steel and concrete can replace these living symmetries.
And in all things that live there are certain irregularities and deficiencies which are not only signs of life, but sources of beauty. No human face is exactly the same in its lines on each side, no leaf perfect in its lobes, no branch in its symmetry. All admit irregularity as they imply change; and to banish imperfection is to destroy expression, to check exertion, to paralyze vitality. All things are literally better, lovelier, and more beloved for the imperfections which have been divinely appointed, that the law of human life may be Effort, and the law of human judgment, Mercy.
– John Ruskin, On Art and Life