Natural objects exhibit scaling symmetry, a key characteristic associated with fractals. They also tend to be “roughly” self- similar, appearing more or less the same at different scales of measurement.         Sometimes this means that they are statistically self-similar; that is to say, simply put they have a distribution of elements that is similar under magnification. Fractals are unpredictable in specific details yet deterministic when viewed as a total pattern – in many ways this reflects what we observe in the small details & total pattern of life.  One has to see rather than just look to notice the amount of attention that is present in the smallest of details. Below are a small number of my favorite natural occurring fractal images.

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This short video is  a  movie inspired by numbers, geometry and nature by Cristóbal Vila. It explains beautifully and simply the relationship between fractals, numbers and nature. the accompanying music is Wim Mertens – Often a bird which compliments the visuals brilliantly.

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