My tessellations are for the birds!!

Recently, I’ve noticed bird shapes in my tessellations.

I’m sure they’ve been there all the time . . . I just started REALLY noticing them.

I decided to work through the patterns in my library to see how often they turn up.

1-1-1-4

1-1-1-4a
1-1-1-4a

Here’s a flock of birds in flight.

1-1-1-1M

1-1-1-1Ma
1-1-1-1Ma

I came across these guys while working on “Prayer Shawls, All.” There’s another set of birds hiding in the background. They show up when I change the background color.

1-1-1-1Mb
1-1-1-1Mb

1-1-1-3M

1-1-1-3Ma
1-1-1-3Ma

This is similar to the first flock, except the wings are raised higher.

1-1-2-2

1-1-2-2a
1-1-2-2a

These are packed pretty tight.  Let’s say I “loosen ’em up” a little with alternate colors and a background change.

1-1-2-2b
1-1-2-2b

1-4-1-4

If you turn the previous pattern on its side, you get another set of birds.

1-4-1-4a
1-4-1-4a

Again, there’s a second set of birds hidden in the background.  Change the background, and they appear.

1-4-1-4b
1-4-1-4b

1-1-2-4

1-1-2-4a
1-1-2-4a

This is the same bird shape as in 1-1-2-2, with added space.

1-1-2-1M

1-1-2-1Ma
1-1-2-1Ma

This is the same bird shape as before, but the background is different.

1-4-2M-4

When you turn the previous pattern on its side, you get this:

1-4-2M-4a
1-4-2M-4a

1-1-2-3M

1-1-2-3Ma
1-1-2-3Ma

1-4-4M-4

1-4-4M-4a
1-4-4M-4a

This pattern is similar to 1-4-1-4, without the second set of birds lurking in the background.

1M-2-4-2

1M-2-4-2a
1M-2-4-2a
1M-2-4-2b
1M-2-4-2b

I do believe this bears looking into.  I’m sure there are lots more to come.

I propose to collect these bird tessellations in a “Book of Birds.”  What do you think of the idea??

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