Repetition of Texture
Individually, the tiny bud of needle like spines on this cactus is a vicious looking thing. When seen as a repeating texture over the surface of the cactus, it appears soft and harmless.
Texture through repetition often belies the appearance of the individual repeated element.
The Mosque–Cathedral of Córdoba, Spain is intricately decorated with numerous repeating Islamic patterns. Close up the patterns are detailed and complex, but when seen from a distance the complexity blends to become a variety of geometric textures
Mosque Cathederal of Cordoba