A fractal is “A class of mathematical objects characterized by being self-similar. They tend to look complex and vaguely organic”, as quoted from this node at everything2.com.
Back then it was fun to look at broccoli and say “yeah… that’s uncanny”.
But lately, I almost feel like I’m suffering from pareidolia.
Simply put, I saw fractals in all the photos I had taken. Uncanny got a new meaning for me.
I gathered the most elaborate images here.
This image started my train of thought. Y upon Y upon Y. I wonder if this goes on even at a cellular level?
Small stars upon small stars.
A distant moss-relative of the rose?
Looks a little bit like the branches of a mini pine-tree.
It would even seem that one splotch of moss knows where it’s neighbour is … but no… that can’t be right. I must be pareidolic.
Could it be, that the sparks that fly from this fire, have a semi-predefined movement pattern? It doesn’t seem all that random…
I do not doubt that fractals play an important part of this plants pattern of life. What boggles me, is the fact that this plant… this tiny moss-plant, looks related to some tree branches, even some trees.
It is a microscopic world. If fractals are there, what’s to say that macro-fractals do not exist. Fractals that define pine trees… perhaps forest layouts… why not even city layouts when we’re at it.
Who’s to say, every design I ever made, was not just an expression of a complex fractal algorithm buried deep inside me?
Sprott’s Fractal Gallery (Do a search for ‘Natural Fractals’)