A MESSY clump of daisies is reflected perfectly in three mirrors, producing a recurring sequences which bounces on to infinity.

Although this picture by Oxford Mail Camera Club member Ian Marriott was submitted for last week's theme – threes – it might also fit in well with this week's, which, in tribute to the late, great Professor Stephen Hawking, was simply The Universe.

As a mathematician and physicist, Professor Hawking spent his entire life trying to find order in the chaos of the universe.

He once said: "My goal is simple. It is a complete understanding of the universe, why it is as it is and why it exists at all."

Although the perfect order in this image was created artificially, it perhaps reflects how some great physicists think of the universe – an often chaotic mess bounded by strict, repeating laws.

And of course, maths itself is, in a way, a mirror that we humans hold up to the universe to help us see it more clearly.

We've already had some nice shots sent in for this week's theme, but we hope that Mr Marriott's photograph here might inspire more of you to reflect on subject matter and send in some more photos of the universe – whether they be about astrophysics, mathematics or just enjoying the flowers.