Saturday, February 14, 2009

Love on the Half-Shell



Happy Valentine's Day!



This walnut is a simple fractal in nature. Several months ago, I happened upon a television show that was explaining fractals. Since I'd heard the word, but didn't know what it meant, my interest was piqued.

It's a simple, but beautiful concept, really. Fractals involve repeated shapes within the same structure. They can't be exactly the same, or they're geometric, not fractal. The walnut has repeated curvatures of a similar nature that mimic other curvatures within the object. There are more complex fractals, such as a snowflake, a fern, and branches of a tree.

Google has a theme for its iGoogle pages called "Fractals." If you use iGoogle for your homepage, try it. There are some beautiful graphics!


11 comments:

Rosehaven Cottage said...

Well, you've just helped me learn something new! Such a cool "gift" for Valentine's Day. Thank you, my friend!

Hugs & hearts,
Cindy

My Mother's Garden said...

Beautiful! I, too, saw that program about fractals and thought it was fascinating. Nature is awesome!
Karrita

Lisa at Greenbow said...

Here I thought you were going to tell me you had oysters for dinner and you are talking fractals. Ha.. I love seeing the walnut heart.

Tessa at Blunders with shoots, blossoms 'n roots said...

Well, they say you learn something new every day- good thing or I'd be bored to tears! Watch out for those walnuts- I read online that having those scattered in your garden (by the beloved tree rats!) can actually hinder things from growing! I don't remember why, though, and I never did any follow up to this to see if it is indeed a fact. Happy gardening, and thanks for giving my brain something to think about today :)

Robin's Nesting Place said...

You are just full of interesting facts! Happy Valentines Day!

Tatyana said...

Educative post, interesting picture. Thanks!
Tatyana

MyMaracas said...

Isn't the world wondrous? Fractals are amazing, that such complex and coherent patterns can evolve from an intially simple set of "instructions" repeated may times. I wish I understood more about mathematics in general.

Barbee' said...

That is new to me, thank you.

Nutty Gnome said...

Fractals are great! I was going to just say that - and that I love the photo, but Himself was looking over my shoulder and this lead to a long discussion (?discourse?)on the links between fractals and Fibonacci ....and I lost the plot!

Patsi said...

You must have been amazed to find this heart. Must take a look at fractals,thanks.

Shady Gardener said...

Thank you, Kylee. Not only have I learned a new term today, you have reminded me to open my eyes!! :-)

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